normally i am kilted full-time. the past three jobs luckily have allowed kilts at work (geez this is going on seven years, and before that i was kilted on the weekends for a couple of years).
but there are times when i will wear shorts/p@nt$/jeans. like if i am climbing under the car or yard work. basically i don't want to mess up my kilts, these things aren't cheap. and there are times when i just do not want to draw attention to myself. most common reason: if i am going to my kids' school, i want the focus to be on them.
recently, a good friend was returning to the area for a visit. i hadn't seen him in about 10 years. he lives near Allentown PA now and is a priest in the Orthodox Catholic church. while he was here in Raleigh NC, he was asked to do services at the local American Orthodox church (the one he used to attend). i wanted to attend the saturday night vespers, but since it is not my church, and Orthodox services are very meditative and subdued, i thought i should just blend in and not wear my kilt, i wore some dark blue shorts with subtle grey pinstripes. (i wear my kilt to my church all the time, everyone there is cool with it.)
after vespers there was a gathering of old friends at someone's house, and of course it was a mix of folks i've known and a few new faces. one person whom i had never met before, and she had never seen me before told me that when i came in the house she said it looked like i had a kilt on.
and i said... funny you say that...