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Suspenders, running,
This past weekend I bought two pairs of suspenders (braces for those in the Commonwealth). I'm coordinating them with my pants: beige for light pants, black for dark pants. So far, so good. The idea is to hold my pants up, since (a) I am running to lose weight, (b) my pants tend to run large, and will get relatively larger as I lose weight, and (c) my belts seem to be too big or have stretched.

When looking for suspenders, the store had three attachment methods: button-on, the old traditional; clip-on, the popular choice; and ones which hooks onto your belt, the confusing newcomer. I thought "belt and suspenders" was a negative statement, not a fashion requirement.

Yesterday was my scheduled 3rd run in the Couch-to-5k. It didn't happen, between homework and a practically once-in-a-lifetime chance to see a big stinky flower. I ran this morning. If I run again on Thursday and then on Saturday, I won't fall behind schedule and will be right on target next Monday.

I still have to provide pics (or it didn't happen) of the big stinky flower. I have posted them on G+ (in real-time, too), so you can go there and see them if you wish. The album there is at https://plus.google.com/photos/105425246810705311214/albums/5721813897472387601 I don't know if you need to be a G+ user to see them. If you aren't, and can see them, let me know.

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(braces for those in the Commonwealth)???????? I've never heard them refereed to as braces. To me braces are always in your mouth. What part of the state does that?

Those parts which were British Territories up to the formation of the Commonwealth of Nations? The UK, Australia, New Zealand, India, etc?

When Michael Palin sings "I cut down trees, I wear high heels/Suspenders and a bra" he is referring to a garter belt, used to hold up stockings from the waist, not something to hold up his trousers.

See the first paragraph of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suspenders and also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commonwealth

Interesting. I've heard MA referred to as "The Commonwealth" so I didn't make the connection otherwise.

The rest I knew.

MA is referred to as "The Commonwealth" by its residents because it is -- four US States organize (or at least style) themselves as commonwealths: MA, PA, VA, and KY. I think "The Commonwealth" is probably easier to say than "Massachusetts", and is usually not confusing.

But I've rarely referred to MA as "The Commonwealth". I've friends from VA who sometimes refer to their state as the Commonwealth as well.

Yeah..... which is why I made that connection instead of the one you were aiming for me to make.

I know WHY I made the mistake.

I'd always heard that they were braceRs (last letter capitalized for emphasis). Common phrase (according to a few Brits I know, as well as Heinlein, who had a particularly British turn of phrase, for some reason) was 'bracers and belt', for someone who was hyperprepared - the 'just in case' sort of scenario.

I was able to see the photos without a G+ account (I do have a regular Google account and was logged in with that at the time.

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