Giving Booze the Finger

My finger and I got smashed Saturday night.

Because I still love to hear live music, I dragged my husband to Bimbo’s in San Francisco to see the obscure indie band Pinback. It’s a great place to see a show, and if you’re lucky, a great place to see Dolphina, the girl in the fishbowl.

Holding gloved hands, we walked to North Beach and grabbed Sushi and Sake at Katsu before heading into Bimbos. Once inside, I ordered a giant Rum and Diet Coke at the bar and proceeded to get drunk for the first time in three years. My currently clean middle-aged body is just not used to much alcohol, especially when mixed with Lexapro and raw fish.

We leave the show early for obvious reasons and cab it home. Though tipsy and a tad nauseous, I am happy. Until I slam my finger in the car door. My Rothco fingerless gloves leave just enough skin vulnerable to a door attack.

God it hurt. Still does. I can barely type, wash my hair, pick my nose (just checking), do anything involving my right index finger.

So now I’m on the hunt for a new pair of gloves that will provide me with full coverage and protect my damaged digit. And I want them to be dramatic and showy, opposite my utilitarian olive drab every-day pair.

For those who want to try new “fashion” things but may be shy about going too far, gloves are a great place to experiment: they are less expensive than jackets, shoes, bags and most everything else, and take up very little body space as to not beg for too much attention, thus not a huge fashion “risk.” By all means, take baby steps with the hands. A great pair of gloves in a new style may give you the confidence you need to continue up the arm to tops and jackets and back down to pants and skirts and shoes and other areas of expression. Maybe even in your life.

Time to go ice the finger.

1: KTZ gloves, 2: Bless shaggy knit gloves, 3: Kate Spade leather dot gloves, 4: Persephoni Cuff Gloves, 5: Pieces Huan mittens, 6: Rare London faux fur mittens,

12 Responses


    LOVE Pinback (and you too)! Speedy recovery, my friend and love the choice of gloves. In NYC’s frigid weather, I am sporting my very favorite Prada lizard sample sale score!


    okay, i sliced my ring finger open a couple of weeks ago & don’t have alcohol to blame it on {damnit}. i appreciate your suggestion of baby steps on the whole fashion thing. it’s a great way to explore without a big sacrifice. and i love those kate spade’s – sassy & preppy with a little edge. yeah, that’s me…

    1. Paula

      Not only do I have the alcohol to blame for the smashed finger, but I can thank it for dulling the pain as if I were sober I would have probably passed out. Yes, gloves are a great “gateway” item to more daring duds. Glad you like the Kate Spade gloves – they are also on sale, great deal!


    Ouch! I’m accident prone, but more so with my legs bumping into tables that weren’t there before. Are legwarmers coming back into style? They could help protect me from unsuspecting furniture. I love the Kate Spade gloves. I always wear black and grey. Ask Jen. These gloves would be a great way to add a splash of color to my black attire.

  4. Paula

    I LOVE leg warmers! I have a bunch, wear them around the house when I’m cold, what a great tip! Stay tuned for post about them. And those gloves are on sale. I also live in grey, black and denim and prescribe to the “splash” of color. More on that too. xoxo


    Hi Paula, hope your finger is healing! My friend Holly has been the girl in the fishbowl for 10+ years. She says it’s really cold and scary in the basement. Xo Mary

  6. Paula

    Wow Mary, that is hilarious! Best resume entry ever.
    My “nails is about to bail”, keep thinking it will appear in my purse when I root around for my phone. At least it doesn’t hurt so much, but it’s giant and unsightly. Hope to see you soon! xoxo

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