We’re trying new restaurants in Sedona and we look, it seems, like City Slickers. We dress very urban-moto or destroyed leggings, over-the-knee boots and custom Adidas hip hop style shoes. It’s what we like to stay young at heart. As my ex mother in-law used to say “I’ll never be old enough for Alfred Dunner.”
People stare at us.
We stare back.
Sometimes we get treated like famous people (this has really happened). Waiters kneeling at our table, staff taking turns having peeks at us.
Last night, an older man was sporting an unfetching slaggy ponytail. Not neat and cutting edge like a high-end restaurant waiter, but scraggly. And Mr. W noticed and was disturbed.
After a vodka or 3, it got me thinking about the film The Sixth Sense, where a little boy, Cole, sees dead people & a psychiatrist, Malcom, tries to help him.
What if the sequel was
The Seventh Sense, Fashion Sense:
Cole Sear: I see unfashionable people.
Malcolm Crowe: In your dreams?
[Cole shakes his head no]
Malcolm Crowe: While you’re awake?
Malcolm Crowe: Unfashionable people like, on the trails? In Whole Foods?
Cole Sear: Walking around like regular people. They don’t see each other. They only see what they want to see. They don’t know they’re wearing Snuggies in public.
Malcolm Crowe: How often do you see them?
Cole Sear: All the time. They’re everywhere.
Malcolm Crowe: Do you know what “Yo no quiero vestir.” means? It’s Spanish. It means “I don’t want to dress.” What do you think these ghosts want when they talk to you? I want you to think about it, Cole. I want you to think about it really carefully.
Cole Sear: Just help.
Malcolm Crowe: That’s right. That’s what I think too. They just want help, even the scary ones with Samurai top knots and man buns and too-short shorts. I think I might know a way to make them go away.
Cole Sear: How?
Malcolm Crowe: Have them watch Project Runway while enjoying a Quinoa Bowl.
Cole Sear: What if they don’t want help? What if they’re just angry and they just want to hurt somebody?
Malcolm Crowe: I don’t think that’s the way it works.
Cole Sear: How do you know for sure?
Don’t get me wrong, I embrace Bohemian style and I do love it. I shop at freepeople.com and have a Tibetan type coat I wear with jeans. And, lately, it’s been just tracksuits for me post-op, but now I can up my game. It just seems that there is a tipping point between dressing cool moto anime boho and “I found THIS on one of the trails!”
Unkempt ponytails just scream “I’ve given up.” And we aren’t ready to.