Sunday, August 28, 2011
80's Short Shorts
The work of packing / fixing / moving stuff to storage continues. I'm constantly coming across interesting things which haven't seen the light of day in many years.
Check out these mid-80s running shorts which I bought when I was about 24. Abstract pattern, fluorescent colours, revealing split sides and made of some flimsy material. Unbelievably, I used to go out running in public wearing these... near the west end of Vancouver* and through Stanley Park.
* This was near Vancouver's gay village, although I didn't know it at the time. I was temporarily living in my company's apartment nearby.
At the time I was very lean, lanky and lightly muscled. Thirty pounds lighter than I am now with masses of blonde hair. I can't help but think that I must have been constantly checked out by men as I ran by, pork sword flopping this way and that. I was so oblivious to all things gay (barely even knowing that gay people existed) that I would never have noticed if any guy had checked me out
Back in the 80s, short shorts like these were considered cool and sexy. Now, one would be subject to ridicule if these were worn in public. Sure enough, I tried them on and my son walked by and said, with scorn, "Nice shorts, Dad!"