100 Hours of Humo(u)r – Hour 14: Appropriate Attire
For hour 14 in the 100 Hours of Humo(u)r, we’ve got a guest post from Art Segal about a trip he took to Malaysia a while back. Thanks for the story, Art!
Next hour — a podcast with Warren and Betsy Talbot in Mexico. The theme was stepping out of your comfort zone. They share a tale about cycling out of their comfort zone, and also tell us who has won our first of four writing contests.
By Art Segal
During my visit to Malacca, Malaysia in February, 2001, on a stifling hot day
I went to the public swimming pool with a young Swiss woman I met at the hostel. Having pulled on my swim trunks (almost to my knees) I walked onto the patio and a guard immediately said, “Sir! That is not proper attire! You must wear proper bathing suit, sir!”
I protested, “This is not proper attire?”
“No, sir. Please exit the area immediately.”
I said, “But please tell me, what is a proper bathing suit? I wear this one back home in the US.”
“Sir, please go to the shopping mall and purchase a men’s bathing suit and return, or if you like you can rent one for 2 rupees from the man at that table on the other side of the pool.”
I went over to see what they considered a proper bathing suit. It was what I’d call a “Speedo” — far more revealing than my oversized trunks. So I paid my 2 rupees and squeezed into the old shorts with two holes, and felt very self-conscious at the pool.
Meanwhile my Swiss friend came out in her bikini — that’s right! — and the guards had an entirely different response:
“That is a perfect bathing suit. Excellent attire.”
Published on Saturday, March 2, 2013
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