01 Nov 2007

Show them your panties

I’m back, and I’m cleaning. Bears moved into our house whilst I was away. Apparently. And they trashed the joint.

Tonia and I have a new agreement. If I leave the house for more than five days, I will engage a cleaning service to come in the day before I return. Tonia is allowed to cancel the appointment if she cleans everything I’ve told them to clean, and she does this before they arrive. And now we will never have to repeat the conversation we had when, after traveling for sixteen hours, I discovered that bears had been living in my house for a week.

As luck would have it I arrived home with, in addition to great wool bargains, this week’s airport bug in tow. Kathryn got the lurgi on the flight from DC, and I got from her before I left Italy. It’s making the rounds, and I lost count of how many people I heard in airports with this same dry, hacking cough. Were it not for the low hum of jet engines on the flight from Milan, you’d have thought we were on a tuberculosis ward. If you have this bug, and happen to be in the dry hacking phase, rest assured that your cough will soon become “productive”. In the last two days, I am fairly certain, I have hacked up my own weight in phlegm.

While I’m not coughing as hard today, I have talked too much (blame Pam, who wanted to hear everything) and my voice is gone. I can’t record the next podcast, however I can edit audio, and there is a LOT of that. So I’m busy, and the next podcast is shaping up, but we’re not there yet.

One thing I did notice while traveling was the importance of comfortable underwear. Not to put too fine a point on it, some of my knickers let me down in Italy. Life’s too short for sucky underwear and now, as luck would have it, I know just what to do with the smalls that travel to places I’d rather they didn’t while I’m wearing them.


Thu Oct 25, 5:48 AM
BANGKOK (AFP) – A campaign is underway to chastise Myanmar’s military regime, not through dialogue or sanctions, but by flooding the country’s foreign embassies with women’s underwear, an activist said Thursday.

A pro-democracy group based in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai is urging people all over the world to “post, deliver or fling” their undergarments to Myanmar’s international embassies.

“The Burma military regime is not only brutal but very superstitious. They believe that contact with a woman’s panties or sarong can rob them of their power,” the Lanna Action for Burma group said on its website.

The generals who rule Myanmar, previously known as Burma, provoked international outcry in September when they violently cracked down on peaceful protesters, killing at least 13 people.

Europe and the United States led the chorus of disapproval, announcing new sanctions against the regime.

Despite the outcry and a United Nations statement deploring the crackdown and urging dialogue, the junta has shown little sign of moving any closer towards democracy or freeing opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Those behind the so-called “Panty Power” campaign hope that lingerie can succeed where international diplomacy has so far failed.

“We want to raise awareness first, and we want to target the Burmese government officials, letting them know we are against them abusing their power,” said Tomoko, an activist with Lanna Action for Burma.

Tomoko, who goes by one name only, said she had heard that Myanmar embassies in Thailand, Australia and the United States had been targeted by the Panty Power campaign, which began last week.

“We are sending (the generals) panties as a symbol of putting their power down,” she told AFP.

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I haven’t yet decided whether my panties will all go in the same package (the shock and awe strategy) or if many smaller parcels would be best (the gift that keeps on giving). But whichever I choose, I’ll be mailing my clean (Please. Anything less would just be tacky.) albeit well-worn, slightly faded, black cotton panties (with saggy elastic) to the address below, and you are invited to do the same.

Embassy of the Union of Myanmar
2300 S Street NW, Washington D.C. 20008

Posted on November 1, in Blog


  1. Beverly wrote:

    That’s awesome! I always take my old clothes to the Good Will, but old underwear is always thrown away. I’m glad that now they will have one more, final, useful purpose.

    Sorry your undies failed you. There are few things worse than being away from home with rogue panties.

    Posted on 11.1.07 ·
  2. Kara wrote:

    It’s good to see you back! Can’t wait for the new podcast!

    This thing with the underwear seems a bit… out there, but fun. I have tons of underwear I can’t wear because they are to small and this would be a great way to get rid of them.

    Posted on 11.2.07 ·
  3. webfrau wrote:

    ROFLOL! What a missed opportunity I’ve just incinerated mine!
    Get well soon.

    Posted on 11.2.07 ·
  4. Susi wrote:

    Welcome home… I am so glad you will be creating a new podcast soon… I missed you !!!!

    Cudahy, Wisconsin, USA

    Posted on 11.2.07 ·
  5. Emily wrote:

    Perfect timing – I am about to throw loads away in the pre-Australia Grand Sort (the safety ones – you know – ‘in case I run out’. Of which I seem to have many).

    Posted on 11.2.07 ·
  6. Nicole wrote:

    Too funny! Hope you feel better soon.

    Posted on 11.3.07 ·
  7. Joanne wrote:

    Oy. The sagging elastic! It is horrible when travelling, don’t I know it after travelling to 10 festivals this year. (I’m the one writing a book about fiber festivals.. will be out in early 2009!) Now, if you find the postage for multiple packages too much for Burma, consider using them as dusting cloths. No one needs to know, and when they are good and filthy? You can throw them away. Meanwhile, feel better! I can’t wait for the next podcast, and some more posts about Italy.

    Posted on 11.3.07 ·
  8. Amy wrote:

    What a great campaign! And to think, I bought new underwear this week too!

    Posted on 11.3.07 ·
  9. Kathy wrote:

    Brenda, Your Back! Hallelu! I have missed you. I have been speaking Jive whenever possible just to feel connected! Your idea of a professional cleaning service before coming home is a great one that I will file in my Relationship Saving
    Techniques, along with Saying “Yes, dear, you are absolutely right” and “I
    don’t know”.

    Sorry about your “crud”. And the uncomfortable drawers, well, I get it. I had a permenant crease one one hip until some wonderful person invented SEAMLESS panties. It must have been a woman.

    Hugs and can’t wait till I hear your voice again. Kathy aka Knittin’ Cacher.

    Posted on 11.3.07 ·
  10. Megan wrote:

    Oh, Brenda! I was just in DC a few days ago for a family occasion, and I would have adored telling my (somewhat) staid, extended family members that I needed to go across town to throw some panties at the embassy of Myanmar. (Can you imagine what my uptight relatives would have said?! I can and it makes me shiver with laughter.) I still will certainly send a package or two off to the staff, but I would have loved getting the double thrill of shocking my family along with the Burmese embassy staff. Thanks for the chuckle and good info. Let’s hope that it somehow pays off for the citizens of Burma.

    Lastly, but most importantly, hope you’re feeling bright and breezy again soon!

    Posted on 11.3.07 ·
  11. Alanna wrote:

    I am a firm believer in decent knickers, and always wondered if the Tactile Travel packing list should give guidance on this topic. Clearly I see that this is very useful information…. now just the best way to address this. People may wonder what type of trip they are about to take?

    See if propolis is available in the UK, tincture version. Not nearly as nice as the lozenges, but they do help a cold. Good luck this week, we’re thinking of you

    Posted on 11.5.07 ·
  12. Kathryn wrote:

    So Brenda,watzdis? I am getting email from friends saying “I heard you gave Brenda Dayne a bug.” I know I gave you a bug but don’t you remember all the good advice I gave you too?… and the moebius you helped me tangle and all the great food? I am really missing Italy and Alanna and all the Tactile Travelers..and I am still blowing my nose.

    Posted on 11.5.07 ·
  13. sasha wrote:

    Fantastic!! I ADORE this plan, and it’s high time I revamped my unmentionables and made them far MORE mentionable – I know exactly what to do with the oldies!

    Hope you’re feeling immeasurably better and enjoying some nice warm sunshine and time with Tonia 🙂

    Posted on 11.6.07 ·
  14. Lorri wrote:

    I love this idea!! After spending two weeks in Burma (I refuse to use the regime’s new name for the country) and having our room bugged, emails monitored and being followed, I am more than happy sending my old underwear to the generals. I am, of course, sending the “old lady” cotton style garments because I’m sure they would secretly enjoy receiving the nice ones.

    Posted on 11.6.07 ·
  15. Angie wrote:

    My daughter brought back a similar bug from the Okanagan. I, on the other hand, can easily listen with a sore throat. Nothing I’d rather listen to while knitting!

    Posted on 11.7.07 ·
  16. Amy wrote:

    The panty thing is AWESOME!!

    I think though given the circumstances it’s better 3 bears where living in your home during your absence than Goldilocks 😉
    (silver lining) 😉

    love and laughter,

    Posted on 11.9.07 ·
  17. Gill wrote:

    What a beautiful natural photograph. The dress, flowers and couple look absolutely gorgous! Looking forward to hearing all about your adventure. Gill

    Posted on 11.14.07 ·

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