Wednesday, April 15, 2009

40$ DOWN and dressed for SUCCESS

So we went to a "day after thanksgivingish" sale saturday: REI's members only used gear sale. The line of yuppi's munching on granola bars dressed in tight earthy toned beanies and marmot jackets was wrapped clear around the Tualatin store (which is conveniently located next to a whole foods store).

The sale was outside of the store in a marked off area. There were a few clothes racks and boxes and tables packed with gear. Nice good expensive gear that is slighty used, but SOLD FOR NOTHING. I was amazed that everyone was making the mad dash for the clothing. We were at the end of the line, and by the time we got in there, there was a still a tower of sleeping bags left - think refridgerator box full of NICE bags. So we strolled in and picked up a subkilo for 40 bucks, usual price 140+. That's nice and all - but my point being that instead of grabbing the useful gear - all these hikers were running for the jackets and t-shirts with REI's logo.

Whatever - you can hike in clothes from the DI (see below) - but you gotta have nice gear. I guess that's just my opinion. Well the clothes look nice anyways, i needed a jacket for the rain here - so I picked up one from the aftermath for 10 bucks. I'm pretty sure people will now take me more seriously on the trail since i have a sierra designs jacket.

I guess appearances are everything anyways. I mean - I never played a guitar or beat on the drums in my life - but I was #1 vote for most likely to be a rock star in high school. All you got to do to fool people is dress the part.

Which leads to the main thing I have been thinking about: professional dress at work. For the first 7 months of my job I've gotten away with wearing the same pair of pants to work every day. They are now getting a little faded and I've been working several days in a row - so I switch it up for a skirt every once in a while. The crazy thing is how DIFFERENTLY people respond to me when I'm sporting a skirt, nylons and pearls. Patients turn off the TV when I come in to talk to them (amazing) - I've had a more than usual amount of patients mistake me for a MD - doctors have actually started asking for my opinion on patients - I've had a few nurses get off their computers for me - my coworkers are amazed - and people on the bus talk to me more.

Society is so silly. I don't wear a bandana to make a statement and to look like a punk rocker - I wear it to keep my hair out of my face. It's crazy how we base opinions on appearances - me included (there is a surgeon at the hospital with hair down to his butt and leathery fake baked skin - would I want him doing my reanastamosis....NO). I guess if I want to continue to be taken seriously - I better find some MORE skirts!

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

what have I been trying to tell youfor years?

Sherpa said...

I get the same reaction when I wear skirts. Weird, but I do get taken a lot more seriously.

Richard and Nicole said...

its crazy isn't it? i guess we'de probably get the same reaction in a pant suit.....but i can't see myself ever buying/wearing one of those.

Richard and Nicole said...

is that you mom? you're the only anonymous that has known me for years......

Sherpa said...

Kelli made me promise not to wear pant suits. Its not that I don't look good in them, she says I don't look like me at all, and its pretty sad.

Richard and Nicole said...

yeah - i can't see you in a pant suit. weird. kelli's got the life. scrubs. now that's what i call professional attire.

Anonymous said...

I prefer to wear skirts to work. I find them more comfortable. But, I have been there (same job) so long, I don't know that it matters in terms of credibility. Unfortunantly, a good skirt is hard to find.

Anonymous said...

Remember the pink dress and butt tight brown skirt that I gave you during christmas that one year? Those would definately send a serious professional vibe eh? Maybe i can dig them up at moms house today and send them to you for your birthday?!|!!
amy