Gogo-kins and Brokkster

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Gogo-kins and Brokkster
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Mon, 09-29-2003 - 6:27pm
And other male residents of the board...

I've got a hiking date on Thursday and am a little unsure as to what to wear. I do not want to be one of those ridiculous women who isn't dressed appropriately for the task (and you guys know I've got the right gear) but nor do I want to look like I've just spent the last four hours hanging off the side of a cliff.

If you've asked a girl out who was dolled up and end up doing something like this, are you doing to allow for the natural change in appearance or expect some walking version of Outdoor Barbie?

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Mon, 09-29-2003 - 6:33pm
Not a guy....but any guy who's asked me out who has "seen me" prior to that date paddling, running, swimming, lifting, competing or something of that sort doesn't expect "outdoor barbie". Outdoor Xena Warrior Princess - maybe!

But, once I shower and change.....I look less like Xena, and more like "aerobic class Barbie"...which has led to some guys asking me out that were seriously taken by surprise when we went paddling, running, camping or hiking and I showed up like "outdoor Xena".

Erin

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Mon, 09-29-2003 - 6:36pm
That makes sense. I don't think I have any Xena clothes. I could always use new climbing pants, so I may pay REI a visit. Oh well, he gets me as me, and he can take it or leave it.

~Artie

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Mon, 09-29-2003 - 10:08pm
Girl, just wear the gear you have, as if you were going solo. Let him see the rough and tumble side of you. Nothing is sexier than the ability to adapt and wear many hats. If he asked you to go hiking, then dress the part. Would you *not* wear a formal gown to a formal ball, just for fear of giving the wrong impression? Dress for the occasion.

Brokk...

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Mon, 09-29-2003 - 10:10pm
Yeah, I know. I want new pants and this is as good an excuse as any.

~Artie...who watched an episode of how we met where the couple refused to register anywhere except REI and thought, "yeah, me too."

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Tue, 09-30-2003 - 12:01am
Title: Actually...

...you lost me at "hiking date". The very THOUGHT of doing anything "outdoorsy" that doesn't involve beer and golf clubs give me hives...lol.

Having said that, I agree with Brokk. Dress for the occassion. If you just HAVE to obsess over something, else you won't know what to do with yourself, buy the new pants, and also try to look particularly well scrubbed. But other than that, the best person can be is you, so...just be you.

BTW...good for you and good luck!

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Tue, 09-30-2003 - 12:19am
Yeah, I kind of figured. I just met him when I was particularly well scrubbed and had spent a good deal of time on hair, makeup, and wardrobe. I was at the most glamorous end of my glamour spectrum. I just have this mental picture of him going "holy crap! Who are you?" when I show up appropriately dressed for tromping through the Greenbelt. (In case you've missed it, I'm a rock climber now, among other things. Scary, huh?)

This is one of those times I wish I was a guy. He's done his part. Called within a reasonable amount of time. Suggested a date and an activity, and he'll show up. Me, I'll stress about it until Thursday. ;-)

But according to the cast of Coupling, I know something he doesn't know, so I win in the end. Extra points if you figure that one out.

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Tue, 09-30-2003 - 8:18pm
Put a lip balm, some sunblock and moisturizer (you can buy a sample size at the drugstore) and maybe a travel size package of wipes in your knapsack. No, you don't need to look perfectly put together for a hike but chapped lips, sunburn and a sweaty brow won't get you anywhere either.

Glamour Girl... who is "Queen of the Moisturizers".

glammie . . . .

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Tue, 09-30-2003 - 9:06pm
Thank you Glammie. As a full fledged Dirt Barbie--that's what we female climbers have taken to calling ourselves ;-)--I never go far without those items. And you've seen this skin. I don't go to the grocery store without sunscreen.

For those following the saga of new pants or no new pants, I used my REI dividend and the remainder of a gift card to get some great comfy new climbing pants. They only had them in black which is going to kill me on a bare rock face that's exposed to the sun, but probably won't be so bad with winter coming.

Yay! New workout clothes. Now if Steve Madden only made climbing shoes.

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Tue, 09-30-2003 - 9:10pm
Title: Excellent advice!

I have to admit, I would never have thought of any of that as being good "date" gear, tomboy that I am. But darned if you didn't hit on the essentials to keep *yourself* comfy and healthy, what your date thinks bedarned. I use sunblock and lip balm in the middle of fighting tournaments and wars. Cracked and bleeding lips tend to be off-putting to my opponents. I imagine it would be the same for Artie's date.

--fc