Friday, February 24, 2012

You're Under Arrest for WPIP: Wearing Pajamas in Public

I was putting gas in my car the other day and having nothing better to do while waiting for the tank to fill, I participated in one of my favorite activities, people watching. I watched in horror as a woman walked into the gas station for whatever in her fuzzy froggy pajama pants. I was appalled. My jaw hung slack. I'd seen plaid flannels and lamented about those being inappropriate in public, but the fuzzies? With froggies? I'm sorry, but it's high time I talked about it. Yes, I'm talking about public display of pajamas.

Is is just me, or are human beings out of their minds regarding appropriate attire outside the home? And really, I don't think I'm far off here when I say, "There ought to be a law!" In my opinion, and you know I have one, this borders on indecent exposure. I do not want to see your jam-jams unless you are my family, and even then, I'm sometimes appalled. But privately appalled, which is a much better state of appall.

When did we get so lazy as a society that it became acceptable to choose not to put on some pants? Who started this trend? I want to know! I suspect it may have been a poor sickly person who was very ill, and having no family or friends living near, this person was forced to drag themselves to the pharmacy or the local Wal-Mart for medicine. Years ago, I would have thought, "Oh, that poor soul, too sick to dress herself." However, now I just get mad because apparently other people saw that person and thought, "Well, if they can do that, why can't I?"

What? How dare you! You can't! Not in my book, you can't! Why, if I were a badge carrying officer of the non-existent fashion police brigade, I would be handing out citations left and right. No warning ticket from me, buddy! Plus, three strikes and you go straight to prison for assault with a flannel weapon. And fuzzy froggy pj's get you an extra life sentence.

I say 'buddy', but it's normally women who I see committing this crime! Ladies, come on! Have a little self respect. You are influencing a nation's youth. It was bad enough we had the dude who started the "pants hanging halfway off your rear and letting your skivvies show" trend for young men, but now pajama bottoms and a baggy t-shirt are prevalent on any given day on a trip to the store. My own thirteen year old daughter wants to do it (shudder) when we go someplace and she doesn't have to go in, but I refuse even that. What if we get in a wreck and that's how the medical professionals find you? I would be mortified. Furthermore, make sure you have on clean underwear in case they have to cut your clothes off!

In a world of events like "no pants day" where I would be exposed to a large city full of underwear-clad subway patrons, I suppose the wearing of pajama pants in public can be expected and the lazy morality of today will do little to put a stop to it. Admittedly, there was a point in my life I would have found a pantless day humorous and would have possibly been a participant. But this isn't about me. And I'm not the old me, I'm the now me. The now me doesn't approve of such fashion atrocities, especially when they are an everyday occurrence and not an emergency. And by the way, don't you dare pair those pajamas with your fuzzy house slippers in public, missy, or I will come unglued.

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  1. Cindy, totally agree - - only you said it much more funny than I could have! And although I think it's totally gross when women go out in their pj's (heaven forbid that the pj's soon turn into lingerie - ewww), but I think it's way way worse to see guys with their pants hanging way below their butts. I just don't get that, and think that is way indecent and just plain icky.

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  2. Oh, Cindy! I'm appalled (yes!) to say I'm one of those people. Ugh, i know!

    Let me tell you when I do it: when I'm going to Walgreens in the evening and I've already had my nightly bath and ONE of my girls tells me that she forgot, but she needs X for the next day.

    But, if I'm really honest, it's when I've sunk into the depths of depression and getting dressed takes Herculean effort. Yup, it's when I've completely let myself go. What usually kicks my butt out of it? The judgment looks. Maybe if I didn't think I deserved it, it wouldn't be a big deal. But I know dang well that no adult should be seen in public wearing their jammies. My momma taught me better!

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    1. Jennifer O., you are hereby found guilty and are sentenced to 10 lashings with a wet noodle. Your sentence is light due to the fact that you are remorseful and it sounds like you would like to change your ways, so I have mercy on you. LOL!

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    2. If I looked cute in PJ's, I might - - MIGHT - - be tempted to go out and get my newspaper - - that's as far as I'd go. However, I wear sweats and a ratty t-shirt to bed :)

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    3. Judy, one day recently I went out to feed the dogs in my bathrobe and usually there is nobody on my end of the road. I was horrified to look up and see a man accessing our neighbor's gate across the road to go cut wood. It was windy and my robe was flappin' everywhere! I looked like crap, hadn't showered yet! It broke me from even doing that! I made sure to go back out later, looking like a million dollars. I hoped that he miraculously didn't see me the first time or just thought, "Wow, who was that hag who came out earlier? Must have been this lady's great auntie or something."

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  3. Oh so funny. It seems that we've become a casual society no? Something to do with cheap big box stores where flannel pj's cost .25 cents. People buy 100 pairs and then insist on wearing them everyday, especially when returning to said big box store to buy big boxes of sugar cereal.

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    1. Too casual, in my opinion! I feel bad just for wearing tennis shoes most every day! But I live in rural area, in the country, so maybe this pj's in public trend is not as prevalent other places, I don't know.

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  4. Oh, come on.
    I went shopping for clothes once in nightgown and bathrobe (floor length down) because I'd just escaped from a fire and that was what I had on. All my regular clothes were burned up. Are you suggesting I should have been arrested, too?

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    1. Ha ha! Sue Ann, you qualify for the emergency exception! How awful! I would have let you off with a warning, lol!

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  5. This is so funny, but you are right. No pajamas in public. Ever. However, I did wear my pink fuzzy slippers to class in College with my overalls. Don't tell. :)

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    1. "Batman wears pink fuzzy slippers" sounds like a very scandalous comic book hero National Enquirer headline...

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  6. Oh Cindy, I'm flashing back to last week's nightmare at the Maverick in Litchfield. Dr. Pepper Jammies with a tie-dye tent on top. Outpacing me three plates to one, and you KNOW I can eat!

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    1. Oh Scott, you get the prize so far! I have never seen them in a dine-in restaurant! Ewww.

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  7. So funny, Cindy! I've never given in to the pajamas-in-public craze. However, I recently had back surgery for a herniated disc, and since I knew I'd have trouble bending over to remove a shoe from a partially paralyzed foot - I broke your cardinal rule and wore fuzzy black slippers in public. Granted, I was only in public for the few steps from house to garage and from car to hospital. I didn't feel embarrassed, but liberated: "I'm adding comfort to my darkest hour, and public opinion can't stop me!" Ah yes, a rebel with a barely discernible cause.

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    1. Cara, you also qualify for the emergency exception! And at least they were black fuzzy slippers, which is much more fashionable than some bright purple high top ones I witnessed a teenager wear recently. She was visibly NOT injured. Ticket! Eeks!

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  8. It tells you how seriously people take themselves when they would show up anywhere in their pajama pants. Or ripped gym pants. Or in close to nothing.

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    1. It's a crying shame, I tell you. This country needs to have pride. We are slipping.

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  9. That is one of my biggest pet peeves too. The worst I've seen is a women who was not only wearing her pajamas in public, but also her fuzzy slippers...in the snow...going into Target.

    Seriously?

    Great article!

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    1. "Article!" Wow, now I feel like a real writer, LOL! It's a disturbing trend - I can't stand it! It's the lazification of America! Oh dear. Where does the standard drop to next, that's what I want to know. Boxers in public in the summer? Ewwww!!!

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  10. Hi, had to comment because this is also something I abhor! The very idea of appearing slightly undressed appalls me - those dreams one has of finding oneself in one's nightdress in the middle of school/work/a meeting (don't tell me you've never had one of those cringeworthy dreams?) they are so embarrassing yet, people want to do it for real. I confess, the other day, my hungover student son was about to get into his car to go and get a takeaway meal with a friend. he was wearing T shirt and Hoodie and a pair of checked 'lounge wear" trousers. Despite him being 6' 2", 20 years old and me being a mere 5' 2" I refused to let him leave the house until he changed into jeans. His excuse was that he wasn't getting out of the car but like you - supposing he had to for whatever reason? No, no, no, I am right behind you with the fashion police!
    Found you on Aspiring writers blogs - great blog :-)

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    1. Thanks for dropping in to leave a comment! I see someone almost every day around here in PJ's when I go out. I just don't get it. I think my next post might be about pride and how our country lacks it these days. Can you imagine someone doing this twenty years ago? I can't. Good for you for not letting your son leave the house like that! :0)

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  11. Here here! or is that Hear! Hear!

    Either way -- right on Sistah! Write on!

    :)

    Love your blog. Thanks for dropping into mine.

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  12. Heh - My spousal unit was down with the flu last week. She was desperately in need of a particular brand of decongestant. We were or course, fresh out and here it was about 9:30pm. I trotted my own bad self to the local drug store (less than a mile away) wearing (you guessed it!) my pajama bottoms, slippers, t-shirt and a nice woolen coat. (Upstate NY winters - bbrrrrr)

    One of the kids hanging out at the register commented on my spiffy pj's. Probably a good thing I didn't tell her I was going commando too! (Hey - I just got out of the hot tub and was ready for bed!)

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    1. LOL! Ok, I said I needed some testosterone in my blog following, but please, not commando! Ha ha!

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    2. Well, OK then. Just that one time. I'll keep my shorts on from here on out.

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  13. Ok so I never do this but the other night my husband and I were lounging watching movies and he wanted another movie (darn previews). So since he was very inappropriately dressed and I was pj clad, I was elected to go down to our local gas station and get said movie. I felt very strange in my husband's pj pants and my college sweatshirt. Not to mention my kermit the frog slippers. I got lots of complements on the slippers though.

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    1. Shame on you! I look up to your fashion savvy, but I will not follow you on that one, LOL! You are under arrest - hee hee :0)

      Remember, kids, jam-jams are for in-house only! Mama Brown says so!

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  14. I have absolutely no problem with you not submitting this. I've never posted a negative comment on another persons blog/website in my life. But I have to say I'm a bit shocked. I just found your blog today and first I read about you not only peeing in the shower but posting it for all the world to see. This of course is your business and since I don't have to clean or share your shower I don't really care. But the next post I read you're upset that people run to the store in their jammies. This is not something I would do either, but I sure don't make it my business.
    I don't consider myself overly critical, but I just had to say it was a bit shocking to find you boast about one and criticize the other. Just saying.
    Have a good weekend, enjoy your life, and sorry for my comment, though I did have to say it for all use middle of the road types.

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    1. My business is making light of "business," whether it be jammies or urine or a million other life occurrences. It's a humor blog. Don't worry! I take no offense to your comment :)

      My followers are like-minded, I suppose, and I was shocked at how many people agreed with me and admitted to doing either of these things. You are the second person to make the comparison of the two posts (one was in another forum), although to me, it is not the same at all, wearing pajamas in public or peeing in your own shower. Two totally different concepts. One affects others. The other does not.

      I am a blogger. It is just my opinions and crazy daily thoughts laid out for the world. For the most part, I'm getting great response from my blog content, Vikki. Humor is subjective, however, and I respect that. Read if you like, or not, that is totally up to you.

      I have never been known as a middle of the road type and might possibly further shock you if you were continue reading my work. I report. You decide. LOL!

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  15. I would love to be on the Fashion Police Brigade. But then, I realized that I myself have taken my garbage can to the curb in my bathrobe.  Not only no pants... nothing underneath... sometimes the wind is blowing.  Conflict of interest.   Good post.

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