The middle-aged guy walking across the beach in colorful swim trunks and an aloha (tropical print) shirt, black dress shoes and a nice pair of black dress socks, pulled way up high on his calves made me remember the time, not so many years ago, that I brought several pairs of nylons to Hawaii.
Now that, by far, was the stupidest thing I could have packed aside from maybe a pair of woolen gloves. Where I thought I would be wearing them, or how, with flip-flops, I don't know. I do chuckle when I read the travel journal notes from that trip that remind me: 'DON'T bring nylons again!'
But it is hard to not bring reminders of your real world and your lifestyle with you when you travel.
I've done a couple of interviews while on this trip for articles I am working on. For each of them, I 'dressed up' - wearing my black flip-flops instead of the blue ones with palm trees. And while I had to dig to the bottom of my purse, I finally found some lipstick - haven't seen that tube in days.
I've come a long way since packing those nylons. My near constant look these days is a bright blue top which reminds me of the sea and sky, and a bright green hat the colors of palm fronds, and printed with white hibiscus blooms (hibiscus is the state flower of Hawaii).
My wardrobe is brighter and more carefree; come to think of it, so is my outlook on life.