Things I might never have known .....
I am -- or was -- an engineer by trade. A lot of the jokes about geeky engineers and nerdy people in general are often just that, jokes and teasing and a lot of that. Some 30+ years ago, I was working at an operation of General Motors, an operation that got dragged into the mess that is Delphi now, in an engineering department. Some of those, and I include several of the (few) women there, seemed to be determined to undo the teasing they'd undergone when younger, with interest. So more than a few of them indulged in heavy use of alcohol (if there were drugs of any kind involved, I never saw signs of it and I knew very well the signs) and sexual encounters of all sorts, often in the parking lots (and restrooms) of various clubs and bars. I could write several books on the subject, and never stray from actual cases.
But anyway, some of the jokes about we engineers are a bit inaccurate. But some of the jokes are accurate. Fashion sense being one of them. Now, I am admittedly an extreme case. Much of my extended family is either Amish or from a variety of conservative spectrum Mennonite or related groups. Fashion sense is definitely NOT a part of the culture, though some do get quite exercised in distinctions about size, shape, and sometimes even color of the head "covering", the "kepp" that many of the women did and still do wear. But hemlines and "decolletage" are not subject to revision. At all. And men's attire is even less variable.
But Dear Wife, like daughters, has some sense of style propriety. Part of which is the proper attire in that period between Memorial Day and Labor Day. One is supposed to wear white (or near to it) during that time. And ONLY during that time. After Labor Day, the white goes in the storage and the black, or at least dark and subdued tones, are required. So I've been wearing a white shirt and white pants to church services, which is about the only somewhat formal gatherings I get to. Fine with me, but it makes no sense. And, other than the few and dwindling pairs of blue jeans I own, most of my pants are khaki, meaning both type and color. A few dark tan or dark green, and a few black. That's it, and ALL of those non-jeans are what I was using for daily wear in my last few jobs. Several of them have been with me since around 2001 or so. A bit the worse for the experience. But wearing the contingent of very light colors is forbidden as of yesterday, and even the light tan ones get a bit of disapproval. Perhaps I should chuck it all and get some bib overalls. I've seen people wear them to church!
Fortunately, she's not reading this. Right now, at least. By the time she does, the matter will (I hope) be stale.
The Old Testament reading for today is chapters 9 and 10 of the Proverbs.
The evening's New Testament section is verses 1-32 of 1st Corinthians 15