People are strange.
I often see people walking around, both in public and on
the clock at their jobs, in the strangest costumes.
The guy walking around dressed like a Cowboy straight out of an old
Western movie, who has never wrangled a cow or whatever in his life.
Who lives in the apartment two doors down from me and doesn’t
even know what a pasture smells like. He likes his theme so much he
drives the big pickup truck, has a belt buckle the size of Texas (here in
Wisconsin), and when he can, he carries a gun on his hip just in case
Billy the Kid shows up one day.
The woman dressed like some sort of gothic vampire.
With the “I <3 ZOMBIES" keychain.
White powdered face with heavy black eyeliner.
The person whose gender I do not know, with their carefully
dyed and styled hair and curated collection of buttons and
piercings and shirts they stole from a 90s Xena fan’s closet.
The guy in the Businessman costume, not a tuxedo
but shirt and tie and "very nice" shoes.
The casual Steve in his old hole-filled ripped up T-Shirt
and wholly holey jeans.
The Princess in her stunning dress and accessories
and make-up that had to have taken at least two hours
to put together each morning.
These are all people I work with. Walking around in
costume, covered with the marks of their respective themes.
This is fully accepted for the most part. There are exceptions
(the redneck likes to poke at the queer one and the casual steve
is always ribbing the businessman and whistling at the Princess)
but for the most part nobody is ever told to "go home and come
back dressed normally". Why? Because that is normal. These
are accepted normal ways to dress in modern society, even by
supervisors and managers.
Don't misunderstand, I'm not judging or criticizing. Actually I
think it's pretty great. But, as fucking ALWAYS, my problem is
with INCONSISTENCY. GOD I HATE INCONSISTENCY. My
brain latches on to it like a life raft and will NOT let it go.
If I show up to work today wearing a Wizard robe, a
wizard hat, carrying a big magicky-looking staff, driving
a car painted to look like a dragon, I'm the weird one. Not
the Cowboy, not the Princess, me. What makes one theme more
acceptable than another? A robe and hat and stick are much easier to
set aside, take far less preparation, and are more likely to make people
smile, than a full-on Vampire costume. However, if I go to work like
that I have absolutely no doubt I would be sent home to change into
"regular clothes". And If I went home and put on a cowboy costume
and came back, that would be considered changing into normal
I would like to know who draws these arbitrary
lines, and what kind of bribery would be
effective on them.
I want to see more wizards, more Monks, more goofy Doctor Who
outfits, more people dressed like Neo in the Matrix, driving around
my workplace in a forklift. Operating the machine next to mine.
Fixing my shear when it breaks down. Instead I get about 30 cowboys
and a few of the other mentioned types, and that's it, because anything
else is somehow "too weird". Worse, at least half of the fucking
cowboys are of the openly racist, kill-animals-for-fun variety. At least
the guy in the Wizard robe I know I'd probably get along with.
Or Kill Me.