I read that they're still doing the bikini contest at the Flora-Bama. Five underinhibited Chili Dog Sisters from MTSU did the trek through darkest Bama to the bright lights of the Gulf Coast: the Florida-Alabama state line. We were all legal, with for real Tenn. driver's licenses and bikinis. And we participated in that contest in our wayward youthful days!
Fashions in Tennessee are partly cyclical; partly innovative. Few occasions are more serious than attending church or a U.T. football game.
Fortunately, here's a pair of heels that serve well in both circumstances! Whether you're heading for the stadium seats, or going into the sanctuary for Sunday services, you cannot go wrong by wearing these festive orange ones!
And if you wear your pair in the office during the week, you signal to others that you've really arrived and are on the fast track for promotion!
There's been a lot of discussion about transgender persons, and how accommodations should be made for them. This is good; society needs a lively debate over our guiding principles with regard to right and wrong, what should be done and what shouldn't. However, there's a situation that developed in Missouri regarding such an accommodation. A 17-year old girl who renamed herself Lila requested that she be allowed to use the girls' locker room at Hillsboro High. The School Board and Administration had previously allowed her to use a unisex faculty facility for her needs. Upon her request, they permitted her to use the girls' toilet and locker room. Some of the girls at the school protested, as did their families and others. Their argument was that the student in question was still a male, and they didn't want to share locker room space with a male! I'm somewhat mixed with regard to this. On one hand, it's nice that institutions take transgender status into account in meeting students' needs. On the other hand, the girls could have some needs too. One of which is for their bodies not to be exposed to persons of the opposite sex. Frankly, I would not want to disrobe in a locker room with males or sexually ambiguous persons present! I remember the awful feelings of having to disrobe in the locker room when I was one of the later maturing girls. Taking off my bra when there are fully-developed girls also present can be uncomfortable. And girls from some of the Fundamentalist sects found the very deed of disrobing to be traumatic! I do not offer a resolution. However, it's just like school administrations to make decisions that impact only students, and probably not giving a damn about their effect. Damn it: at least take some of the impact. None of this, "Put on your big girl panties, and deal with it."
We have a lot of roadside signs in Montana. There are the roadside memorial crosses, the standard "Seniors '10" on overpasses, and often adopt-a-highway signs. This one was edited. Do people throw more trash along a stretch of highway in which the atheists have adopted; or do they want to keep their Christian trash off of that highway? Occasionally the local Ku Klux Klan adopts a highway. Does that affect littering?
High school students are not always the most sensitive, p.c. type of individuals like the schools and churches exhort us to be. Maybe it's just being obstinate, but that sort of thing does happen. For instance, there were two Heidis in my high school class. One was nicknamed Heidi of the Alps, apparently in homage to the Johanna Spyri character. The other was nicknamed Heidi of the Foothills. Tennessee kids need to have a sense of humour. Can I now be known as Heidi of the Bitterroots?