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Saturday, February 22, 2003
Today's report: I spent the early morning surfing around for pictures of the beauties that Prince (the artist formerly known as the artist formerly known as Prince!) has been associated with over the years. I succeeded in pulling together a nice little collection of images which you'll soon be seeing.

Actually, I might take the opportunity with the next update to bring some Modern Stars collections up-to-date as well as working on the Brides collection. I've enough material on hand to expand nineteen of the individual Modern Stars collections and also have enough material for a Sabrina (Norma Sykes) gallery; this was the curvy blonde who was the chief foil on the classic British TV comedy show "The Goons".

Lots of stuff to work on this weekend, so I may as well reboot my computer and get to it. Before I do, though, here's the POTD from Brides and Bridesmaids in Opera Gloves; this is a design from Ian Stuart, one of the bridal fashion designers who makes particularly good use of opera-length gloves:

Friday, February 21, 2003
Good morning, folks. Not a lot of new news, but you might want to check out the MSN group A Touch of Gloves if you're interested in joining an online glove-oriented community. I'm going to be doing a fair bit of scanning this weekend to take care of the stack of Royalty books and booklets I have sitting on the floor right behind me, and maybe some vidcapping too. The next update might be in the Brides category if I find a large enough number of pictures.

Today's POTD comes from The Princess Michael of Kent Glove Gallery, showing the former Marie-Christine von Reibnitz in fuchsia operas dancing with her husband Prince Michael:

Thursday, February 20, 2003
If anyone had trouble getting to the site earlier this morning, it appears that the server went through an automatic (or, as the logs put it, "automagic") reboot. The Apache server failed and this seems to have triggered an automatic restart. Actually, it's as well because I had been wondering whether I should reboot the server, which had been experiencing some performance problems earlier this week. Everything should work fine now.

I've been considering whether I should expand the scope of this blog to matters beyond the strict scope of opera gloves, namely, political commentary, but I'm not sure how far to go with that. What do you people think? Truthfully, if I stick to site matters, I barely produce enough for one or perhaps two posts a day as it is. If I were to talk about other things (appropriately flagged), I could, obviously, post more often (though my posts would still be restricted to early morning, evening, and weekends because we peons aren't allowed Net access at work).

As I've said before, what type of celebrity would more logically wear opera gloves than a diva of the opera? Today's POTD, from Opera Divas in Opera Gloves, presents the great early-20th-century American soprano Geraldine Farrar in a colorized photo-postcard pose:

Wednesday, February 19, 2003
I trust everyone had a good time with yesterday's update. As for me, it's back to the daily grind, provided that the roads aren't too icy this morning; temps got up to 40 degrees F yesterday and there was quite a bit of meltage. (Water is another thing that is bad for fine kid leather, by the way.) I'm a bit at sixes and sevens about what to update next, but I'm looking at going back to start with the Classic category. One thing I need to do in that area is scan a big pile of British Royalty books I recently got - I think I might have mentioned that previously, in fact. There are several _hundred_ images in there that will do very nicely for the Royals section.

Today's POTD selection takes its leave of the ladies of Japanese car shows and goes back to the Belle Epoque, the time of Late Victorian and Edwardian Celebrities in Opera Gloves. Here's Florence Sinclair, a theatrical star of the period, in a delicious pair of white kid operas:

Tuesday, February 18, 2003
NEW UPDATE!: Late again! I have a good excuse this time, because I have a new site update to report. The Japanese "Companion"/Event Girl and Cosplay Glove Gallery collection has been expanded today by 27 galleries with over 1,100 new images. Go to What's New at For the Love of Opera Gloves to check the full list of new pages.

Today's POTD comes from the new collection, and shows one of the 2003-model Mazda ladies in her new silver-themed outfit (I mentioned that the Mazda getup is a particular favorite of mine:)

Monday, February 17, 2003
Good morning, folks! I wasn't able to get a post up yesterday because Blogger was down for some reason, so this will have to make up for two daily log entries. I did get to the anime convention on Saturday and had a fine old time (and the weather wasn't even _that_ bad); and yes, I did see quite a few female cosplayers in gloves of all lengths including some real beauties in operas. Wish I had brought my camera...

The entire northeastern part of the country is in the middle of a big snowstorm. Snowfall is tapering off in the Washington, DC area, but New York and points north are about to get royally socked. The good thing is, this is classic glove weather - though, of course, you don't want to let fine kid leather get too deeply soaked by the snow!

Since, as I said, I missed yesterday's post, I'm going to put up two POTD's, both (like Saturday's picture) from The Japanese "Companion"/Event Girl and Cosplay Glove Gallery. The first one is one of my favorite event-exhibitor getups, one of the models gracing the Mazda exhibition at a recent Japanese car show:

And here's another cosplayer; I'm not sure whether she's from "Sakura Wars" or "Card Captor Sakura", the filename only says "sakura01.jpg":

Might not be able to get in to work until Wednesday, so I'm going to look over the possibility of starting work on the next site update tomorrow. Watch this space, as always...