Sorry I haven't blogged more lately. Work/going on vacation/moving has been taking up a lot of my time. But I am still here, and breathing.
I had some training tonight for a volunteer program I participate in. The offices of the volunteer organization are right across from a pub that looked kind of interesting, so I thought I'd check it out. Indeed, it was a very cool Irish-style pub. So, I ordered a Black & Tan from the bar, which was expertly poured in short order. I had a bit of sticker shock on the price ($6.80? For a beer? Where am I, Japan?) but overall it was a nice place. However, I got a second shock when someone walked up to the bar wearing a dress and ordered their beer.
Being a typical guy, I turned to check out the new arrival (not that I had intentions of hitting on anyone, but it's just typical guy behavior when at bars.) At first, I thought it was a rather plain older lady, when I suddenly realized it was a middle-aged guy wearing a dress. He had long hair but no makeup on. I checked again to make sure this wasn't just some frilly shirt, but it was indeed a guy wearing a dress.
What made this event somewhat surreal was how everyone acted like this was totally normal. Another guy sitting down from me chatted with the dress-wearing gentleman, and the bartender got his beer. Who knows, maybe for this place, it IS normal activity. I guess I'm still not used to going to bars in a large city.
My complaint is that, if you're going to wear a dress, and you're a guy, at least put some effort into it. TRY to look female. Wear some MAKEUP, for God's sake. I figure, if you can't fool anyone into thinking you're a girl, what's the point? Oh well. When it comes to cross-dressing, I'm definitely not an expert.
I finished my beer and declined on a second. While it was a nice bar, I'm not sure I'll be going back real soon. My regular hangout, a brewpub, has MUCH cheaper beer. But at least going there gave me something to write about.