Travelling!! Summer... Jun-Aug ... those few precious months when the days are long, the sun is hot, hot, hot and people do most of their travels. Many go up North tuh see family, friends and catch up those most important shopping bargains. Others head down south, to get some much needed RnR and chill on sandy shores with a cool Banks, Red Stripe or Corona. Not to mention the sights and sounds of carnival, sunsplash, crop-over. Travelling requires you to deal with the horros of lost luggage, constant assult on your person via the false pretense of homeland security searches, delayed flights, missed meals, obnoxious people, incompetent airline staff and the list continues.
Remember the days when travelling was a treasure? when you looked forward to the experience with blissfull pleasure. You put on your best threads, packed your valise days in advance and was ready. Even if you was running late, you could always mek a mad dash to the gate and check in there bags and everything. The family would stand at the gate and cried long bucket ah tears when you only gone way pun a two week trip tuh de next island. If you got lucky and cried hard enuff, the woman working the gate would let you got to walk up to the plane door the see your dear love one off. Alright enuff of the memories. dem days done and ova wid. this is a new era and new times...
As I was preparing to pack for yet another trip, I was thinking about the days of yore and how travelling has changed since. For starters, it ein no more of puttin on your best threads, not at all. man nowadays people travel in any kinda thing. It seems like some people does just get up, throw on two old slippers grab duh passport and out de door. like dem just get up de morning and say... Oh shoot, ah fuget dat I gine up north today, check tuh see wha time de flight and dash out de door. de way some ah dem be looking, I does have doubts if dem remember tuh brush duh teet or wash duh face before dem leff out de door.
In muh last flight, I did checking out some people. many were wearing slippers, wife beaters (vest fuh wunn West Indian men), sneakers without socks, sweat pants, sweat shorts. I mean just looking like dem gine down de street tuh de laundry mat. I always wonder what these people were thinking when dem decide that's what dem gonna wear on the plane amongst all de other people. Now, I always try tuh dress decent cause like de hubby does say, yuh neva know who yuh gine butt up pun in de airport. I actually did meet one helluva handsome fella in de airport one time that lead to a nice friendship but that's another story for another time. Unlike de hubby, who always dressed down in slacks and blazer, I perfer the more elegantly casual look. A nice pair of jeans, relax blouse and comfortable shoes. I had a hard time wid de hubby and jeans, cause he used to think it was way to casual to dress. I told him..boy listen up, I grew up in de U.S, it's bare jeans, T-shirt and sneakers when travelling. I've grown up since then and play the part of wifey of the second man in charge ah he company latin america, so I do jeans and heels and a jacket. OK work wid me now...give a girl some slack.
But I think that they should be some basic dress rules when travelling. Rules like #1-No flip flops. I do not want to see or smell your funky feet, crusty heels or unpedicure toes. Note: Ladies, it's summer, if you gonna be wearing sandals or slippers, please get a pedicure. Rule #2
no terry cloth or pom-pom shorts. Unless you have a Halle Berry body, then I don't want to be subjected to your cellulite or other unsightly bodily dents, indentations or purtusions. Rule #3 Men, no wife beaters (vest). Put on a real shirt. most of wunna doan shave wunna arms and I don't want to see or smell your hairy, stinky armpits with all the deodorant rolled up in the unsightly hair. Besides, I also don't want to see your hairy chest...wear some decent clothes. Rule #4- ladies, please leave the swim suit tops and wrap skirts on the beach or wait until you get there to put them on. Besides, you never know who you will run into or sit next in that airplane to that can be a perfect opportunity gone to waste because of the first impression you past on to the person.
Entonces... peoples enjoy your summer travels, wear some decent, relaxed and comfortable clothing and happy travels. I gine and pack muh valise.