||[Feb. 28th, 2009|09:47 am]
We've arrived at our plush hostel in Belgium, and it is beautiful. The hopstitality in Europe for musicians really is amazing. You are treated as an honored guest, complete with food and accomodation and friendly attitude. Versus being an imposition, one of a million. Part of it i'm sure has to do with differences in our cultures. but i wonder if part of it has to do with the sheer volume of bands in the US? Overexposure could definitely go a long ways in explaining the difference. oh, and funding from the government i guess.|
Speaking of cultural differences, I had an interesting neighbor for most of the flight. An elderly gentlemen, British, very distinguished looking and with a long white beard. and he wore a perfectly plain white blouse, tight-fitting, with a pencil skirt and tights.
I'm not uncomfortable around transgendered and cross-dressing folks, but this particular brand has always perplexed me. and it <i>is</i> a type- men who otherwise make no pretense at femininity, but like wearing women's clothing. i wanted to strike up a conversation, but the gentleman was steeped in several scholarly books, doing some kind of environmental research. plus i was tired. plus he seemed very properly British and i felt i would be intruding on his private time.
But yeah, i've always been curious about that choice in particular, because i guess it doesn't fit neatly into the gender roles i'm accustomed to. and i lived in san francisco. anyone have insight to that?
Show tomorrow! we are playing in Diksmelde, please give me your best Diksmelde jokes.