I recently stopped at the car parts store where there on occasion has been a male clerk wearing skirts and women's flats. I wanted to buy some things for the antique, since I was bringing it back home from a quick run to the shop for some adjustments. And in the parking lot, three guys were working on their cars, with two female clerks from the store taking a smoke break.
My attire was the usual androgynous fare...with pantyhose! But the car attracted all the attention, without any issues regarding me. There were questions, and I had the answers. I was simply "the lady with the antique car." Even the girls liked it. Nice... Unfortunately, the clerk in a skirt wasn't there...on a Thursday. Darn...I was hoping to have him help me!
My wife and I stopped for lunch one day, at a restaurant along US-50 just east of the Bay Bridge. From the beginning to the end, we were addressed as "ladies." By the hostess, our server, the busboys, and the hostess again on the way out. No issue, no questions. "Ladies" the entire time... Server (female) asked if we wanted separate checks...we didn't...and she put the check between us, just like every other time we're addressed as ladies. Both on the way in, and out, men held the door for us...again. Very affirming...
At a church book sale in one of the small shore towns, an elderly man held the door for my wife and I - "go ahead, ladies", then continued to hold it for his wife. We both said "Thank you, Sir." And both got the same response...."You're welcome, ladies." As she checked out the treasures we found, the elderly female clerk said "Did you ladies find everything you need?" My response for both of us: "Sure did, Ma'am - thanks." I wonder what would happen if I showed up for one of their church services dressed like this?? Actually, based on the way the other older women were dressed there, I'd probably need to wear a skirt...and 2" heels...LOL!
But I really wish I were able to fully dress during this dry spell and let Mandy be herself. So I hope to have a trip ready to take, one of these days soon!