In my last post, I left out an amusing anecdote from the lunch trip with Mindy and Belinda. When we went to lunch, Min ended up driving because both Belinda’s car and my own were filled with junk. So we all piled into the cleanest car of the three. I noticed a couple of Hawaiian leis hanging over the front passenger seat. I commented on how beautiful they were, and Min offered to let me take one. After pondering whether I felt okay with it, I decided to accept her generous offer. I ended up choosing the one that had light blue and lavender (there’s that color again!) flowers. The other one was pretty too, but this one was more subdued, and therefore seemed more appropriate for me. I ended up wearing it for the rest of the day. Naturally, this resulted in many jokes along the lines of the title of this post.
It was quite funny to notice the reaction many people had throughout the day. After all, I wore this in Psychic’s Thyme for the rest of the afternoon, and at the restaurant when Michele, Belinda, and I decided to have dinner together at Red Robin. And I wore it into the two convenience stores I stopped at later that night. According to Michele, the people a few tables away from us in Red Robbin kept staring at me like they were trying to figure out why I was wearing it, as did one of the waitresses. The girl at the Kwik Fill actually came out and asked if I was planning on going out that night or something. Of course, I also got a lot of compliments on it, as everyone thought it was quite pretty. What can I say, I like pretty things. In some ways, I do fit the stereotypes about gay men.
I had considered wearing it again today, but realized I had no shirts clean that it would really go with. Today, I’m wearing a rainbow-color shirt whose colors are just too bright and loud to match the more subdued pastels of the lei. It wouldn’t have looked the same as it did against my white “2QT2BSTR8” tee shirt. I might have also been able to get away with my white tee shirt with the rainbow-colored cats embroidered on it. The rainbow colors on that shirt are also bright and somewhat loud, but I think that given that most of the shirt is white, it would still work.
So over the next several weeks, I suspect I’ll wear the silly thing off and on. I think that’s mostly because it is silly, and I’m in the mood to express a little bit of silliness. Plus I like the idea of wearing something that I consider pretty.