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On A Hippie Trail Head Full of Zombie

A lot goes in to planning a three-week trip. Especially when that trip requires Rotary pins and badges and multi-cultural attire. At my last Rotary convention, I made the unfortunate mistake of wearing a halter sundress to the opening ceremonies.

People of many nations were offended.

People of other nations asked me to pose for photos.

Causing the lone personΒ of my household to agonize over what I will wear this time around. (MTM. Not me. I just want to be comfortable.)

But, if Rotary International Conventions are one thing, they areΒ a showcase of cultural attire. The African nations wear tribal headpieces and colorful robes. The Indians swoosh around in their saris. Last time, I got behind a group of Japanese women and swooned over their matching kimonos.

Whatever I pack, I will be no match for the dizzying display of outfits.

Maybe I’ll dress up like a zombie……and REALLY stand out.

If you could wear the clothing of another culture in everyday life, which one would you choose? And, PLEASE, tell MTM not to wear this relic from the convention in Bangkok.

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  1. But I like that relic….. so that says he should not wear it. I am fashion and direction challenged.

    May 27, 2014
    • I’m sure MTM will wear all black, his standard wardrobe for everything. πŸ™‚ Maybe I can get him to take a Rotary blue shirt………or a Rotary blue tie………but NOT a Rotary tie…….those things are never wearable.

      May 27, 2014
      • Black is my favorite color! Especially with my silver highlights. Does MTM have silver or grey highlights? Oh well, either looks great with black. πŸ˜‰

        May 27, 2014
      • MTM has distinguished hair. That’s all I’ll say. πŸ™‚

        May 28, 2014
      • Distinguished hair on a man is the BEST kind of hair on a man. My husband’s hair is VERY distinguished. πŸ˜‰

        May 28, 2014
  2. Of course, he should wear the relic (minus the black t) It looks fabulous! No better culture for you than something genre bending…say antebellum southern girl dressed YA goth…?

    May 27, 2014
    • Someone on G+ suggested I wear a bone hoop skirt. I asked him if he’d ever donned a bone hoop skirt, because I have, and let me tell you, that device was invented to embarrass women when they tried to sit down.

      May 27, 2014
  3. I recognise that line! But I never knew that’s what it said!

    May 27, 2014
    • I didn’t know a whole host of the lines in this song, but I’m enjoying finding lines that fit the theme. πŸ™‚

      May 27, 2014
  4. MTM, leave the relic at home. It may have had it’s day.

    May 27, 2014
  5. So, you and MTM are going to wear matching seersucker suits? That would be perfect. With plantation hats of course.

    And as you might guess, I really like that Bangkok shirt. I would definitely wear that.

    May 27, 2014
    • I found a seersucker dress I actually like, but I can’t get it in time for the convention. I’ll probably take one of my Rotary blue or Rotary gold ones. I’m wearing one of those today.

      May 27, 2014
  6. Love the title — I could never figure out what they were singing in that line. I missed a chance to see Colin Hay while I was in California. I saw posters for a free concert in Santa Cruz, and his name was on the bill. I disregarded it, and then later realized who it was — I had no idea he was still making music.
    MTM looks like he’s going hunting. Be vewwy vewwy quiet….

    May 27, 2014
    • I sometimes think they throw lines like that in just to mess with people’s heads……..

      May 27, 2014
  7. Jill Clary Stevenson #

    No Michael, just NO! Somehow, I thought it was, gasp, camouflage. I think you should both wear western themed outfits since the rest of the world thinks we are a bunch of cowboys over here. Maybe even with matching stick horses. Ha!

    May 27, 2014
    • I think the Southern Belle look would be more authentic, though. I’ve only ridden a horse once in my life, and it was a fail. Of course, I’ve only worn a hoop skirt twice, and once was a BIG FAIL.

      May 27, 2014
  8. Not from another culture but from my own, I’d wear a kilt!

    You gain a certain swagger in your step automatically when wearing seven yards of tartan.

    May 27, 2014
    • I have a friend here who’s of Scottish descent. He wears a kilt all the time, and he does swagger. πŸ™‚

      May 27, 2014
      • It’s impossible not to! πŸ™‚

        May 27, 2014
  9. I would stay away from bare arms and legs. Of course my bare arms and legs need to be hidden at all costs. I’m thinking your should be seen, but culturally others may have a problem.

    May 27, 2014
    • If I cover up my shoulders and chest, they’ll be lucky, John. πŸ™‚

      May 27, 2014
  10. Good Luck Duck #

    Oh, they should calm themselves and be glad there was no cootchie action.

    May 27, 2014
    • It was some of the men from those very places who lined up for pictures with me in Thailand………..

      May 27, 2014
  11. I’d like to experiment with wearing Indian salwar kameez

    May 27, 2014
  12. Lance #

    Glad he’s not in Bangkok now, they just had a military coup.

    Is there anything more interesting than learning about other cultures and countries’ ways of life? I’m jealous of your trips. See what no kids can get you?

    May 27, 2014
    • Yeah, and when we’re 90, we’ll be all alone and completely forgotten. We probably won’t even be able to remember our trips. Ha.

      One of the people who comments here sometimes lives outside Bangkok. She says things there aren’t nearly as bad as they’re being portrayed. Still, I wouldn’t want to be there right now.

      May 27, 2014
  13. Not from another culture, but from another time . . . early 1900’s, maybe.

    As for MTM’s shirt, consider the alternatives: http://s3.amazonaws.com/rapgenius/hawaiian_shirt_vintage_00033back.jpg πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    May 27, 2014
  14. Rotarians have conventions? International ones? Who knew. I thought that the Rotary was a lunch get together for ppl who worked in offices and wanted to eat a meal with non-workmates. Huh.

    May 27, 2014
    • Rotary is an international service club composed of business people who want to do good in the world. Rotary has taken the lead on eradicating polio from the face of the earth, and also works heavily with other international organizations to provide clean water. My club sponsors Rotary Gift of Life, which brings children from third world countries to provide life-saving surgeries, and we operate an annual Happy Feet program, which gives disadvantaged kids new shoes for school. We also run a Christmas bike drive and give away hundreds of bikes to kids every year.

      Part of Rotary’s mission is to foster cultural understanding. We’ve been lucky to host Rotarian exchange teams from around the world. We usually keep one of them in our home for up to a week. I also started our district’s Friendship Exchange program and spent almost three weeks in England in 2010, staying with Rotary families and seeing the country like a local. I still keep in touch with many of the friends I made. Our most recent team went to the Eastern Cape of South Africa in March, and we also sent a team to Thailand.

      I get more personal satisfaction out of what I give to Rotary than any other extracurricular I do. We still fight the stigma of being a lunch club for people of a certain age, and it isn’t that at all today. My club’s average age is around 40, and we’re an energetic group of people who come together to try to make a difference, both in our community and in the world beyond.

      May 27, 2014
      • Fascinating. The last time I heard of Rotary was in the 1970s when my grandpa went there once a month for lunch. You’re the first person of my generation who has mentioned it. Sounds like a good group to be involved with. Yeah you!

        May 27, 2014
      • I’ve gotten several readers interested in joining Rotary as a result of my preaching, um, mentioning it from time to time. πŸ™‚ You might be next. πŸ™‚

        May 27, 2014
      • Laughing here. Well, you just never know. I can, at least, boast that when I was a little girl I went to one Rotary meeting with my Grandpa. So there’s a start.

        May 27, 2014
      • A perfect snapshot.

        May 27, 2014
  15. I, like you, would want to be comfortable, so I’d wear something that looked like…. a halter sundress!

    May 27, 2014
    • I’ll probably be carrying my over shirt again……….in Thailand, I kept one in my bag, because if we wanted to go into a temple, I had to cover my shoulders. It was eleventy-billion degrees there, and I wanted to walk around naked. I settled for those breathable Patagonia dresses.

      May 27, 2014
  16. Tank top and swim trunks. No, wait. That’s MY culture.

    May 27, 2014
    • I wish I could get away with wearing that. But thanks for reminding me to pack a swimsuit. I always forget and then wish I had one.

      May 27, 2014
  17. tarakianwarrior #

    I’d go with Native American attire. That sounds so comfortable right now. And you know that MTM looks good in anything…just as you do. Looking forward to pictures. πŸ˜€ I have the shirt that you got me all ready for my bike trip. I think I have someone that will go with me…not sure yet. It’s a pretty remote place, no cell phone so if my bike peters out on me – or I get another blow out like last time – I’ll at least have someone there that can help me keep the wolves and other critters at bay. πŸ˜€ Who had the bright idea to introduce Canadian Timber Wolves into our area????

    May 27, 2014
    • I’m really looking forward to hearing about this bike trip, Lori, and to seeing pictures of you wearing your L’Eroica shirt. MTM got in again this year, but I’m not sure if we can swing it.

      Can you carry spray or something to keep the animals at bay? Can you fix a blowout?

      May 27, 2014
      • tarakianwarrior #

        I do carry my .45 with me at all times, but yes, I’m going to get some bear spray before I leave – I’d rather spray them rather than shoot them. I just hope the spray goes far enough ahead of me…also, got to worry about wind, hate to spray into the wind and then I’d be bear fodder, wolf fodder, or whatever…Also wasp spray works on some critters. πŸ™‚ I’m going to ROCK that shirt. πŸ˜€

        May 28, 2014
  18. Eskimo

    May 27, 2014
  19. First of all, MTM, I’m with Andra on the above mentioned outfit. Leave it at home. Pulllease!

    Actually, Andra, I would be very tempted to wear a sari. I love the colors and patterns and the graceful glide women wearing them seem to attain, and they look so comfortable and, if truth be told, for me they would hide all my eating sins.

    Your halter dress, or whatever you choose, will be PERFECT, dear one, for it will reflect who you are and encompass all that Rotary does.

    May 27, 2014
    • If there’s an outfit to hide eating sins, I need it, Penny. πŸ™‚ I was very bad at lunch today.

      I’m really enjoying seeing your garden grow. I haven’t gotten any peonies this year, and with us headed out of town in a couple of days, I probably will miss them at the florist altogether.

      May 27, 2014
  20. My favourite part of that pic is the dude photobombing over MTM’s shoulder. πŸ™‚
    The shirt is a Don’t.

    Wear what you like, Andra, and just carry a cute pashmina in your bag to throw over your shoulders should the situation call for more coverage. πŸ˜‰

    May 27, 2014
    • He was measuring MTM for a suit. That was one of the best things about the Rotary convention in Bangkok. MTM got all these custom clothes made. Then, he came back and lost 20 pounds…………

      May 27, 2014
  21. Nancy’s suggestion is a great one – I’m all for an excuse to get another pashmina or scarf. πŸ™‚ Thanks for continuing to spread the word about Rotary, I have a friend who has been involved for 30 years and absolutely loves it. John and I have talked about looking into our local group too, I’ll keep you posted. πŸ™‚

    May 27, 2014
    • The Seattle area has a HUGE number of Rotary clubs. I’ve been researching it as part of a book tour. If that comes together, I’ll definitely let you know. It’s early days right now.

      I’d love to know if either or both of you join, Lisa. Like your friend, I get so much out of it. MTM even joined my club this year, because he was tired of being a Rotary Andy. πŸ™‚

      May 27, 2014
      • We’ll definitely look into the local clubs, Andra. I hope your book tour comes together!

        May 28, 2014
      • I’ll let you know. Early days.

        May 28, 2014
  22. the rhett butler and scarlett o’hara look is my vote for the two of you. and mtm, keep the relic for a party at home )

    May 27, 2014
    • I would love to see MTM try to pass for Rhett. πŸ™‚ (I’ve already played Scarlett in a twisted take on Taming of the Shrew………)

      May 27, 2014
  23. I tried posting a comment, but I think the spam filter ate it. Oh well…

    May 28, 2014
  24. I never thought about how important your attire would be in this trip, Andra. I didn’t take other cultural sensibilities into consideration. I think to many Southern California dress does actually represent another country, so I’ll stick with that. I dress comfortably ALL the time! πŸ™‚

    May 29, 2014
  25. Steampunk. Leather, canvas, and lace. Aviator helmet with the goggles pushed up; a high-powered rifle on my back and a lightning gun on my hip.

    Steampunk’s a culture, right?

    May 29, 2014

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