Regretfully, I had the misfortune the other day to pass a mirror in my office restroom and, like Lot’s wife, I turned and looked. Amazingly, I didn’t turn into a pillar of salt which was nice since my doctor says I should watch my sodium intake. Typically I avoid mirrors because with an increasing regularity, I don’t recognize the guy looking back at me. He has this white mustache and while I don’t notice a lot of hair growing out of his nose and ears, the hair on his head is fast losing pigment and other things appear to be misshapen and drooping. And he wears glasses. When did that happen?
What really caught my attention was the outfit…button-down pin-striped shirt, khaki trousers, Bass Weejuns, and I realized he’s been wearing this crap for forty years. Imagine if Col Sanders was a yuppie. Oh sure, everything has changed over time…except maybe the boxers, but this is essentially the same stuff he’s worn since high school and it made me realize his clothing choices are environmentally based so he wore what they told him to wear and since nobody has told him anything different, why rock the boat? Nobody was allowed to wear jeans to school and his shirt had to have a collar and even the concept of “Casual Friday” hadn’t been invented. Didn’t seem to hurt him any. Although that spell when madras was in didn’t do him any favors. And he stopped wearing ties because they kept going wide, thin, wide, thin so often he lost track. Because his biases are environmentally based, there are certain things he won’t do and can’t understand. Looking at the reflection I realized I was staring at a guy who had never worn, owned or coveted a hoodie. He lives in southern California where, on some days, a trip to the Farmer’s Market seems like a voyage to the sun, so a sweatshirt, no matter how thin, seems like an unnecessary encumbrance. On a day when everyone is trying to wear as little as they can, frying eggs on the sidewalk, and some guy in a hoodie walks by, he can’t help but think the guy’s not going to a Mensa meeting. He doesn’t like flat-brimmed baseball caps because that just makes people look like they’re wearing a Frisbee. And he doesn’t understand why people are wearing baseball caps over their ears now. Are their ears burnt? Are they impersonating mushrooms? The whole point of ears is to hold the cap above them so you can see. Well that and to have a stopper so your glasses don’t fall off.
We are all ingrained with some cultural biases and these days it seems many are based on clothing and body art. Are we the first culture to experience this? No, we’ve been prejudiced forever. I’m sure Caveman X looked askance at Caveman Y because his loincloth came from a knock-off saber-toothed tiger and the real reason Lady Godiva rode naked was because people laughed at her bell-bottoms. And I’m sure Blackbeard thought less of his first mate when he saw the tattoo of a kitten on his arm.
In a world where you are what you eat, often you are what you wear and people rightly or wrongly make assumptions because it’s the first thing we see. He’s sorry, but if the guy in the mirror sees someone wearing socks with sandals, he automatically thinks…German tourist. With all the sandal straps going back and forth, if you’re wearing socks, it just looks like you have argyle feet.
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