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June 2019


What is happening to society and it’s standards? 

I wonder about this every time I go somewhere where dressing up would generally be expected and see what a lot of people are wearing. Shorts and flip flops at museums. Jeans or shorts at the theater. Is nothing special anymore? I remember when I was a little girl and going downtown to shop was something special and you wouldn’t just wear any old clothes to go. I also remember when “Sunday best” was still a thing. 

It makes me sad to think that we as a society may have gotten to a point where everything is mundane and nothing is worth putting in a little effort to look good for. Also that we may have lost a sense of appropriateness and respect for our surroundings. Anything goes is a great song but it isn’t a great way to live. (I’m not knocking casual clothes. I just think there are certain times and places for them.)

People around the fountain at MIA
How most people dress to go to a museum
Me standing in an arch of butterflies
How I dress to go to a museum

I’m probably odd in this but I wish things like hats and gloves and dressing up for things would come back. I also think that would make society a more pleasant place. (There are no guarantees of course, but I would hope that if people were dressed nicely they would behave better.) It also would show respect for other people and the place or event you are going to and that you thought the event was something special.

I don’t want to go back to the 50s where women didn’t have the rights and opportunities they have now. (Society certainly isn’t perfect but it is much improved.) I would like to go back to a time where pride in your appearance and class seemed to be more in evidence. Not to mention it’s fun to get all dolled up to go places. I would love it if we got to a point where people didn’t look at you strangely when you wear a dress or hat or ask where you are going all dressed up or what the occasion is. (I might be weird but “dressed up” is the norm for me and the “occasion” doesn’t have to be anything more than it’s Wednesday.)

Just my .02 anyway.

in events, rants

Grand Old Day mini rant


Today was Grand Old Day. The weather was perfect; sunny and not too hot. I had a good time watching the parade and walking down the avenue. There is always lots to see, along with great people watching.

Me wearing a hat and shades
Walking down the Avenue

This year for the second time they had live wrestling in one of the stage areas. I was looking forward to watching again since I enjoyed it a lot last year. I arrived at the stage area and found out that you needed a wristband in able to enter. Last year you hadn’t needed one if you weren’t buying beer. I ended up having to watch from outside the festival garden area. I could see pretty well but it wasn’t the same as being up near the ring.

View of crowd and wrestling ring
The somewhat obstructed view I had this year

I don’t have a problem with the wristbands themselves and understand why they have them. What I do have a problem with is the price. $10 this year at the event. (They had them discounted to $5 for a while before the event but I didn’t find out about that until after the cutoff date for that price.) If the wristbands were free or $2-$3 I wouldn’t have a problem with it. $8 or $10 though is ridiculous. I’d take a less dim view of that if some of the proceeds were being donated to a charity or if the wristband came with a coupon for a free beer. (I meant get even like it a little better if the wristbands were collectible like a lot of Festival ones are. These are just plain paper wristbands.)

View of wristband booth
One of the wristband booths

I was pretty annoyed because I just wanted to watch wrestling for a bit and wasn’t intending to drink.

You’d think they would keep things reasonably priced or at least offer a free or lower priced option for those who don’t or can’t drink (or who don’t want to drink). Entertainment is supposed to be free. (If they made it an outright cover charge I would be less annoyed too.) I wish wristbands weren’t necessary. I remember a number of years back seeing Soul Asylum at Grand Old Day, drinking a beer during the performance, and not having to pay extra for the privilege except for buying the beer. I wish we could go back to those days.

in fashion, style

Summer of Dresses Redux


A few years ago a group in the Twin Cities started a project called Summer of Dresses where they resolved to wear more dresses throughout the summer. I read about it when it started in 2010 and thought it was a cool idea. (I’ve thought for a long time that people should dress up more and this was a great start to that.) Unfortunately that project doesn’t seem to be going on anymore and the website, is no longer around.

I started doing my version in 2017 since I spend most of the warm weather in skirts and dresses. This year I’m doing it again. (I meant to last year but for one reason or another never got around to it.)

Any day is an opportunity to look sharp as far as I’m concerned and I’d love to encourage more people to do it.

Dressing well doesn’t have to cost much either. Most of the dresses I’m wearing in my posts here and on Instagram and Tumblr were purchased at thrift of secondhand shops of from places like Goodwill.