Thursday, June 29, 2006

Boxers, Briefs, Or a Thong?

Donald isn't a minister but he met me in the hotel lobby on the first night of GA and I just happened to have my camera with me, and he happily agreed to pose for BeautyTips.

Boys In Skirts

So I offer this to you with no comment. Readers? Should we just be glad he's got great legs?
I will also not comment on the fact that this same attractive young man was later seen in a monkey suit, and I don't mean a tux. I mean a monkey suit, as in a huge, hot, hairy Halloween costume.

P.S. I saw three or four men in kilts at GA and I don't think any of them were on their way to the Highland Games. Donald? Care to expound?


Anonymous Sarah said...

I admire Donald for subjecting himself to the commentary of PeaceBang's very public audience here! That takes courage.

People communicate various things by their clothes, and the thing I tend to "read" when I see men dressed in heavy dark kilts like this one is that they are into the BD/SM and/or polyamory scenes. I have no idea if this is an accurate perception in anyone's case including Donald's (I don't know him), but it's just what I assume when I see men in this garb. Do others have similar, or different, reactions to such kilts?

10:24 PM  
Anonymous Philocrites said...

One of the other kilt-wearin' guys at GA was wearing a purple puffy shirt with leather lacing. He had, I'm somewhat embarrassed to add, hair exactly the color of mine, which he wore in a great cascade down his back. He exuded paganhood. He had his look down cold.

10:32 PM  
Blogger LaReinaCobre said...

Hmm. I hadn't thought about that, Sarah. I see men in Portland wearing dark kilts on occasion, but I've never asked them why. Utilikilts are popular out here, but I don't know if they are for Scottish men in particular, or if anyone could wear them.

For example, if I saw a black man in a utili kilt I'm not sure what I'd think. That he was very open minded? Again, I have to say, hmmm.

10:35 PM  
Blogger GloryintheMorning said...

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11:14 PM  
Blogger GloryintheMorning said...

I love kilts on men. Love 'em.

There are 129 bike shops in my town, but I take my bicycle for her tune-ups at the shop where the manager wears a black leather kilt. And I tell him that's why he's got my business.

Philocrites, I know who that purple-puffy-wearing-kilted-redhead is! (And I wasn't even there....) It was the "exuded paganhood" line that tipped me off. But he is a love, and a committed UU, and a skilled lay-leader to boot -- and isn't that what counts?

11:15 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

I know that purple shirted red-head, too, as I was paired with him during a workshop. He was an absolute love. I saw him later towards the end of GA and he was wearing jeans and a woven button down and owned that pretty well, too.

It's amazing what people can wear if they have the right attitude.

11:22 PM  
Anonymous Caroline Divine said...

Remember when the guy on "Dykes to Watch Out For" got his Utilikilt? Still has it as far as I know...

11:23 PM  
Blogger boyinthebands said...

The vibe I'm getting is "gay bear scene", which is quite big in my neighborhood. It reads "confident, fun, geeky, with a dose of snark." OK in small doses in festival settings. (GA counts.) It's not a look that ages well -- though Donald makes it work; I couldn't in a million years -- and unless you're built like Thor, shouldn't be done shirtless and probably not even then.

11:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well now... Looks like I get quite the commentary. I actually wear a kilt about 2/3 of the time now. The only things stopping it from being 100% are my lack of enough kilts to do so, and Michigan being a REALLY cold place sometimes, and while made of wool, kilts have trouble with the blustering winds every now and then, and most particularly during show shoveling.

I'll have everyone know a few things, in no particular order.

A) None of the Above. (do with that what you will)

2) I'm not a Bear, although I've seen more of that type in kilts recently (and at GA), especially the more modern ones including Utilikilts.

D) Sarah's vibe is a common one for that type of kilt. Not sure why.

0100) Yes, Donald is very geeky, and there's a cute red head that absolutely loves him for it.

V) There are pictures of me floating about from both this GA and Fort Worth with a traditional kilt in the Grey Douglas tartan. Go check out the banner parade pics from this year for at least one shot.

666) I have other kilts that I wear for still more formal affairs, including one in Irvine, my family tartan, which would NOT look very good with the deep purple of the Planning Committee shirts, but is quite nice with a rust orange shirt, set off with a tie in the Irvine, Bonshaw tartan. (this of course, while truthful, is clearly Me pandering to the writer of this wonderful blog)

Fit the Seventh) Wait till next year ;-) I'm getting a kilt or two from 21st Century Kilts, which makes the BEST modern kilts there are.

1:37 AM  
Anonymous Donald Wilson said...

That was of course Me who just commented but I forgot a couple things:

* The representative from the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists was the only other person I saw wearing a traditional, tartan kilt.

* I would like to know if the couple wearing Utilikilts (one with loooong hair, the other with a close cropped beard) are also bikers. It is an oddly growing trend.

* I must be excused for the gorilla suit, and the white disco jacket that I wore over it. As the GA Planning Committee person in charge of evening entertainment, it behooved me to come up with something dramatic for the Costume Ball on Saturday night.

1:56 AM  
Blogger boyinthebands said...

Well, as I've written before: Tartan! Tartan! TARTAN!

8:12 AM  
Anonymous Philocrites said...

Yes, the purple puffy shirt guy carried himself with such confidence and poise that I figured his look was a perfect expression of himself.

8:34 AM  
Anonymous jinnis said...

I think Donald looks great in the kilt. I get more of a punk read from the ultilikilts along with confidence and a good sense of humor.

Seeing the array of kilts at GA inspires me to find my brothers and see if they can be persuaded to purchase something similar. They enjoy wearing their dress kilts. And they look very good in them.

On older gentlemen - 60+ - the kilt can be carried off with grace especially with muted patterns. One person around Upstate South Carolina is known for wearing only kilts - in fact I think he makes them. I figure if he can make'em, he can wear'em.

9:05 AM  
Blogger Mudhooks said...

I say hurray for kilts, utili or otherwise!).

While I am against the wearing of pajamas, bathing suits, or poly-leisure suits to services (unless there is a very good reason for it), I recognize that some people either have a lifestyle for which certain clothing is "dressy" or their income limits them to, say, three changes of clothing.

I am less concerned with people's clothing choices than in boorish or offensive behaviour.

Having said all that, if someone arrived at our service in their jammies but carried it off with dignity and decorum, I am more than happy to share a pew with them. Frankly, if someone is going to make the effort to get out of bed in time to attend a service, I'm probably not going to worry about what their wearing.

As long as they don't pick their nose, pass gas or drool on the Timbits*, they can dress as they like.

* Timbits, for the uninitiated, are a Canadian delicacy, made by Tim Horton's and roughly approximating a "donut hole".... and often appear as a snack during coffee hour.

2:26 PM  
Blogger Mudhooks said...

The Utilikilt is not something reserved to the "BD/SM and/or polyamory scenes".

They are worn by men (and women) of many walks of life. A lot of working men in the UK have taken to wearing them because of comfort (and they are comfy, as well as cool).

...and they look very sexy, too....

I would suggest having a look through the photo albums on the Utilikilt site.

2:32 PM  

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