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10 July 2009 @ 09:51 am
DragonCon and kilts  
Okay, Anime Expo is over, that means it's time to start thinking about DragonCon! :)

So, most trivial item first, should i get a Utilikilt for it? :)

Poll #1427856 Utilikilt Poll

Should i get a Utilikilt?

I don't know
I don't care

Why or why not?

Yes - it's an awesome DragonCon tradition!
No - it's a stupid DragonCon "tradition"!
Yes - your 1/4th gaelic heritage totally entitles you to wear a kilt!
No - 1/4th? Just 1/4th?! Pshaw! That's nothing!
No - A Utilikilt isn't a real kilt! It's just a skirt with pockets!
Yes - It's an excuse to wear a skirt! (with pockets!)
No - The modern kilt is a silly and totally made up gaelic tradition that someone just invented in the 17th or 18th century!
Yes - It's a great gaelic tradition that's older than the USA!
No - Save the money for a new pair of Doc Martens since your old pair is so beat up.
Yes - Don't get a new pair of Doc Martens! A beat up old pair is a sign of prestige! (or something)
Yes - You can find much cheaper boots than Doc Martens that are just as good! (Where?)
I already said i didn't know!
I already said i didn't care!
I already said Tickybox!

If i do, which kind should i get?

Original - This one is the cheapest!
Workmans - But this one is cooler!
Survival - No! This one is cooler!
Is not!
Is too!
Screw buying stuff online! Just make your own toga! It's practically the same thing!

If i do, should i wear it in the "traditional" style?

Oh gods no!
I don't know what the "traditional" style is
And i don't think i want to know
Yes - But only if you're careful not to flash people
Yes - But only if you're careful about how you flash people
I think i'm going to go wash my brain out now

(On a side note, i could have sworn i paid $60 or so for my pair of Doc Martens when i got them about... eight? years ago. They seem to be going for about $120 now. I'm not sure if that's just due to inflation, or if they've radically raised their prices.)

(Oh, and if i do get one i won't _just_ use it for DragonCon of course. I'd probably also use it for other cons, renn faires, maybe clubbing, etc.)
Current Mood: sillysilly
Laura Parkinson: Broodingstormfeather on July 10th, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
Mental note: be careful what you read when you have a headache and are thus in slight pain + doped up. I first read that last bit as "clubbing fairies."
DonAithnendonaithnen on July 10th, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
Ha! That's awesome! :)

Well, not the headache part :( *hugs*
Laura Parkinson: Vincentstormfeather on July 10th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
Heh, yeah, the headache sucks, but at least my mental state can still entertain me.
DonAithnendonaithnen on July 10th, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
Oh! Are you actually going to be at DragonCon? We should meet up at some point if you are :)
Laura Parkinson: Broodingstormfeather on July 11th, 2009 01:26 am (UTC)
Nah, sorry. Maybe one of these years I'll make it back down to one.
DonAithnen: blankdonaithnen on July 11th, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
Awwwww :( *pouts*
Kirin: Gankutsuou-SDcountkirinn on July 10th, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC)
You could save on shipping by buying one *at* DragonCon. (I haven't checked the vendor list for this year yet, but they've been there for the last couple years with a decent selection. Of course, there's always the chance they could run out of the exact style/size you want.)

Also, in your "traditional" considerations, you may want to factor in the inevitable appearance of Jennie Breeden with a leaf-blower. Though Utilikilts *are* pretty heavy.
DonAithnendonaithnen on July 10th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
"Also, in your "traditional" considerations, you may want to factor in the inevitable appearance of Jennie Breeden with a leaf-blower."

Er, is that a factor for or against wearing it in the "traditional" manner? :)
Cj: took the red oneporfinn on July 10th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
Kilt! Kilt! Kilt! Kilt (let's all chant together!)
balivatn: garcellebalivatn on July 10th, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC)
I'm a fan of mine, although I've lost weight and now it's too loose. But the big pockets, combined with my vest of many pockets, come in so handy :)

I alternate between traditional and not when I wear mine - depends on if I'm just doing the t-shirt thing or if I'm wearing a bodysuit. That last thing is probably not something you'll be doing :)

DonAithnendonaithnen on July 10th, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
Which version do you have?
balivatn: lump of lemursbalivatn on July 10th, 2009 07:44 pm (UTC)
The Original, I believe. In black denim. Heavy as fuck when I'm packing, and if and when I get another one, I probably wouldn't get it in denim again, although that doesn't diminish my enjoyment of it.

An anonymous kittysome_kitten on July 11th, 2009 08:03 pm (UTC)
Awww. I wanted black denim but they'd just stopped making those.

ZOMG are denim Utilikilts heavy.

Hubby's twill one seems to be much more versatile. Wish I'd gotten one even if it did look just like his.
balivatn: otterbalivatn on July 11th, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
I love my kilt, don't get me wrong - but the denim doesn't fold up neatly or roll up tiny when I'm trying to pack, so I have to make sure I leave room for it. Or make it the main thing I'm wearing for a bit :)
Kimchalgaryn on July 10th, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
For boots, have you looked at military surplus stores? M&I Surplus is up here in Pomona on Garey just a bit North of the 10.
DonAithnendonaithnen on July 10th, 2009 07:10 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, i think i picked up some cargo pants there once upon a time. From what i remember though their prices aren't actually much better than a "real" store. Perhaps shelleycat and i will have time to check it out this weekend though.
Brie2gouda4u on July 10th, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
I say no just on my general principle of skirts suck. You can't do handstands! Well, you can, but not if you don't want to flash people (which I usually don't).
DonAithnendonaithnen on July 10th, 2009 07:09 pm (UTC)
Heh :)

Hey, do you remember anything about what our "real" tartan is, cf. discussion with coraa?
Brie2gouda4u on July 10th, 2009 07:27 pm (UTC)
I believe it's clan Johnston/Johnstone. You can find various images via Google, and some general clan info as well.
Kirin: Gankutsuou-SDcountkirinn on July 10th, 2009 07:40 pm (UTC)
Mine's Bruce!
Sister Atom Bomb of Courteous Debateakiko on July 10th, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
My dad's mom says ours is Stewart. I dunno about that.
DonAithnendonaithnen on July 11th, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
No fair! You got one of the good ones! :)
Kirin: jigenkirinn on July 11th, 2009 05:18 pm (UTC)
I have a tie in it! Still, I didn't think the Johnston blue/green one was bad, though I think the darker versions of it in that image search were much nicer that the lighter ones.
Cj: took the red oneporfinn on July 10th, 2009 08:12 pm (UTC)
*chuckle* You really should flash people more often-- you have great legs!
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DonAithnendonaithnen on July 10th, 2009 07:08 pm (UTC)
I wasn't actually that concerned about the appropriativeness thing :)

I do believe that when my mom was doing her genealogical stuff that she actually figured out what our official tartan is/would be. I'm not sure if there are particular rules about how closely you have to be related for it to be "proper," but if i recall correctly it wasn't a particularly attractive tartan anyways, so i probably wouldn't be that eager to get a "real" kilt in any case :)
Ambermaggiedacatt on July 10th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC)
If you got your Docs for $60 eight years ago, you got a steal. They've been over $100 for a very long time.
DonAithnendonaithnen on July 11th, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
Hmm, after a little searching: "They had some Doc Martins that were only $50, but they only had those in really small sizes, so i ended up getting a $90 pair, which still isn't too bad."

So either i was confused, or i was remembering the pair i didn't buy rather than the pair i did buy. Still not $120, but 33% inflation is a lot less than 100% inflation :)