Monday, September 24, 2012
Can I Please Get My Iced Tea Without Sugar? Please?
Is anyone really interested in the small cultural difference between Oklahoma and the West Coast? It's the main question I'm asked in both places. I end up talking about difference that are huge in every day practice, but just sound kind of silly. For example, in the locker room in OK, everyone is pretty well covered up. Anyone with a hidden camera in that locker room would die of boredom. Lots of women dress in the toilet stalls - ick! While in the locker rooms in Seattle, flashing naughty bits was the norm. There was only one day in the locker room at the Washington Athletic Club, (the Club where I met my husband), when everyone was covered up, possibly due to a faulty thermostat. And you might wonder how I can remember such an obscure bit of trivia? Well, it's because this was the day that a couple of senior aged sisters came in pushing their father ahead of them in a wheel chair, and announced that "Dad just wanted to see the women's locker room!" On any other day, the shock of all those naked females would have killed the 90+ year old man, but I have always wondered if he knew that. Suicide by pulchritude? And I must apologize for the use of the word, "pulchritude", which almost violates my rule of never using a big word when a small one will do just as well. I say almost, because nothing else had the alliterative appeal or made the phrase as tidy. But my point, and I do have one, is that every single day in the locker room, I have to juggle my towel and shimmy into my clothes so that I can fit in here. I never could have appreciated how these tiny differences add up without this move.