I wear a skirt as part of my outfit for Ren Faire. However, I always wear shorts or pants underneath. If I don’t, my legs will rub together when I walk and create a nasty rash/burn that will make me walk funny (and it can be painful too). However! Today one of the least likely of people informed me of how to avoid this fate. Deodorant! Really? Just apply normal stick deodorant and voila! No more skirt burn! Now, if you’re hot and sticky, sometimes it needs to be reapplied, but still…next week I’ll be trying deodorant for skirt burn.
The person who told me was a man who’d learned it from another man because they were wearing kilts.
Yesterday and today was the opening weekend of our local Renaissance Faire, at which my fiancee and I both work. Our main job that we do all day, about 8 hours or so (which excludes lunch and privy breaks) is to get people to pet a small lizard. Now, that might sound boring, but it really isn’t. You get to interact with lots and lots of people and if they ask you any questions, you have a choice of being polite, or being a smart-ass.
Now, granted, you have this choice in everyday life as well. However, it is usually considered unacceptable to chose that later with strangers. You can be a smart-ass with your friends, because they know you’re being a smart-ass and they don’t (usually) get huffy with you. Myself, I’m a very polite person around strangers. That being said, it can be such a relief to give a really dumb answer to a really dumb question. Getting a laugh for it from a total stranger is a nice bonus, too.
For example, I get the question, “Why doesn’t he [the small lizard] run away?” alot. A perfectly acceptable question to ask! But since we’re at Faire, I can answer, “Because he’s not moving his legs at all” first and then give the real reason second. I get to do this all day! Ren Faire is a great excuse to be a smart-ass!
The reason I did not write this up yesterday was because I had such a long day at Faire, I fell asleep at 10 o’clock and didn’t get a chance to write at all. Sorry.
My fiancee and I work at the Renaissance Faire and as such, have a number of outfits that we can wear. One of my skirts, my favorite, in fact, had its elastic waistband break at the end of last season. Very sad, it’s such a pretty skirt. However, we went searching for and found matching blue thread and new elastic with which to fix it. Only today, the day before the Faire season begins, did I dig out the skirt and see what I needed to do in order to mend it so I would wear it tomorrow. In pulling it out and giving it a good looking over (trying to find wear I could best get at the elastic) I noticed some strings coming out of the waistband. I pulled. It tightened the waist. This is how I discovered (not having noticed for the past two years that I’ve owned this skirt) that my skirt is not broken to the point where I cannot wear it. Now, I still should probably fix the elastic at some point, but I don’t have to do it in order to wear it tomorrow. Huzzah!