It must have slipped my mind that just less than 2 weeks ago the 4 year anniversary of my first public wearing of spandex disco pants came and went. I just remembered today. Four years have already gone by! Wow!
I wish I could say I’ve been wearing disco pants for 4 years now. But that’s not the case. Stuff happened and my disco-pants-wearing career came to an abrupt end after less than a year. I don’t want to get into very specific details. It’s not that I don’t wear them at all anymore. But I went from 3-6 wearings per month to a couple of wearings per year now. And perhaps 3-6 wearings per month does not sound like much but to me it was great progress. I was getting very close to wearing disco pants in places other than where I started wearing them. I was tracking personal milestones in terms of my disco pants progress. Some of them included: the very first time I wore them; the first time I wore a color other than black; and the times I wore them at other places. And all this progress was made within a period of about 8 months. Twenty-nine wearings in that 8 month period. Only 17 since. Just imagine if everything kept going well!
But things didn’t keep going well. They came to a sudden halt. And I feel that any progress I made is now lost and I would be starting nearly from the beginning again. Not from square one altogether of course. After all, there are still many people who are used to and expect to see me in disco pants. And I make it a point of keeping any form of social media I use inundated with pics of me in disco pants, just so no one will forget or think it was only a phase I was going through.
The good news is I have every intention of wearing disco pants in public again. Any ideal opportunity I get will be a consideration. In fact, I may have 2 opportunities in this new month of May. And while I’m still not in the best of shape to wear them, I could be in worse shape. And perhaps I don’t look as young as I’d like to, I still do look younger than my years!
But that first time I wore disco pants 4 years ago was a very exciting time. I made sure to note every reaction I got that evening. You can probably find a post from 4 years ago where I detailed a lot of the comments I received. They were mostly positive. Nearly everyone wanted to touch the pants or ask questions about them. I had a very fun time that day.
I did not wear disco pants again until 2 weeks after that initial date. Why the delay? Well, one week later we were going to be at a different location with a lot more people and I was going to be in more of a ‘public eye’ position. You see, I was going to be up in front of everyone playing with the band. And that would have been too big of a step to take so soon in my opinion. I prefer taking baby steps. So in two weeks I wore the same Bojeangles pair again. From then on I started experimenting with wearing tighter fitting pairs and even other colors. I’ll never forget what one girl said to me when I was wearing my favorite pair of black Le Gambi’s:”You’re pants are getting tighter and tighter.” And she was right because that pair is one of the tightest black ones I have.
I probably would have worn black disco pants more regularly during those first 8 months. The problem was if I always showed up wearing these skintight, shiny black pants, people were likely to assume I was always wearing the same exact pants. And while I’d love to live in them day and night I don’t want anyone thinking I wear the same single item of clothing all the time. Even though at that time I had about 6 pair of black ones it would be easy to assume I was always wearing the same ones. So I had to start working in the other colors I have. And I did. I wore blue, gold, red, royal blue, navy blue and dark green. I still intend on wearing my silver ones, steel blue ones and white ones eventually.
We’ll see how this new month goes in terms of wearing disco pants. I still have not worn them in 2016. So I’m looking out for the first opportunity,