In painting my house, I chose a color several shades darker than the one Thelm@ kindly deemed "too dark" and "ugly." I had a vicious retort at the ready, so naturally the anticipated rude comment never came. (For the record, it was "Well, look at the bright side. You won't have to look at it too much longer, what with your dying soon.") But the project was not without its Percinality. When the painters arrived, we talked shop for maybe half an hour, and then I went to work. They said my car wasn't even out of my driveway when Percy and Theml@ descended upon them and asked to see the paint colors. They were less than thrilled, so that's something.