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Fashionista by Lincøln

October 26th, 2007 7:12 AM

INSTRUCTIONS: Create clothing out of an unusual material. Wear it for a day.


Abandon the capricious world of fashion by wearing the same ensemble for one week. Be alert to others' reactions to your pragmatic style. Please feel free to think "uniform" rather than "never changing socks".

I really wanted to do this task. But I'm a fairly weird fella to begin with, so wearing clothes made of unusual material wouldn't be seen as too incredibly strange. No matter how strange that material was. So I decided I would have to wear the same ensemble for a week. But again, a week wouldn't be enough to make a real impact on my friends and family. Because I have no normal routine, there isn't really anybody who might notice if I was dressing strange. But I had a solution to this problem. And I had a very specific window that this task could be completed in.

I started doing this task on Saturday the 13th of October. I decided that that would be a good day, because it would include at the end of the week, my trip to Tucson, where I would be with my two friends Dean and Victor for the entire duration (as well as the staff of the theater we would be working at). And hopefully one of them would notice and react.

The other group of people I hoped would notice was you guys. I hoped that SFØ would help me out. I thought for sure somebody would notice that for five straight days I was wearing the same clothes.
Collecting votes in the suit.

But not one person in my beloved SFØ community did. Not too surprising, because I wasn't speaking, that's very distracting. And you'd have to really look hard and concentrate on exactly what day it was a nd what I was wearing, which admittedly isn't easy. So then I did this task. Once again, wearing the same clothes. You would have had to have been paying real close attention because I only show up in a reflection in one photo. But still, I was trucking around Tucson in an all black suit for four days hoping somebody would notice. Most notably my friends I was doing the show with, or the people who ran the theater I was working at.

And now I wish this task wasn't retired. Because I think I did it as well as can be done. Three tasks being done simultaneously without one task bleeding in or interrupting or commenting on the other.

And nobody here on SFØ noticed and nobody in Tucson seemed to notice. Not even my friends who drove there and back with me. I wore the same black suit every day in the desert and in the eight hour car ride both ways and nobody said anything or reacted in any way. So I decided to keep the suit on for longer than the task requires in a hope of getting some kind of reaction. Once I got back to my life in L.A. I kept the suit on for the next four days hoping my friend who lives on the property here with me would notice. I also work with this guy, so there'd be some opportunity for him to give a reaction I could observe. But no luck. And I did manual labor in the suit. I rearranged the garage and helped finish off a deck and did some gardening. All in the suit. And he didn't seem to notice.

I should point out that it was over 100° in L.A. and hotter in Tucson. And nobody noticed that I was wearing a black suit every day in either place. It should be noted that I am not Johnny Cash. One guy last Friday in Tucson as I was walking to a museum commented that I was lucky it wasn't last week, because apparently last week the temperature was up at 110°, so that guy noticed I was in a black suit, but not that I was wearing it for days on end. So, he was really the only reaction I got.

I changed my clothes on Wednesday October 24th. So I wore the same black suit for eleven days straight. Once I decided that I was done with this task and that suit, I emailed everybody I came in contact with and asked if they noticed that I was wearing the same suit every day, and nobody did. I was supposed to go out with a girl on Tuesday, so I specifically went by her work the night before so she could see me in the suit the night before so she could tell that I was in the same clothes. She didn't notice.

It should also be noted that I'm not a suit wearing kinda guy. So it wasn't like I was in the same type of clothes I normally wear. But I suppose that's the price I pay for being a bit odd and having friends that know that about me. I suppose a guy who never wears shoes doesn't get much attention when wearing a suit. I will often wear a skirt in the summer when it's hot and I need a little ventilation, or a Hawaiian shirt to a wedding, so the suit I suppose wasn't weird or strange enough. I thought it was very out of character for me. But I'm not me. Maybe I should have worn a baby blue tuxedo.

And because just doing the task wasn't enough, and what I really wanted was reactions, and didn't really get any, would you, my fellow players and my community please share your thoughts and observations so I can get a little satisfaction? Maybe go look though this bad boy again and see if you can tell, and if you can, tell me what you think.

Because I'll tell you what I think. I think spending eleven days in the same suit was very claustrophobic. But also kinda nice knowing what I'll be wearing every day. And it was very very hot out in that desert, especially when I went for my hike. I was always afraid that people would think I was an idiot and weirder than they already thought I was. But as it turns out, I needn't have worried.

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Collecting votes in the suit.
Expressing myself in the suit.
The small child can't understand the suit.
In a suit with pretty girl going to the theater.
In a suit with my ride.
The Hotel Arizona in the suit.
Chillaxin' in the suit.
Suit with a view
In my hotel in my suit.
Checkin' out art in my suit.
Going home in my suit.
Relax in a suit?

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posted by Jellybean of Thark on October 26th, 2007 7:20 AM

Well, you see, it's such a subtle bit of wardrobe. It doesn't stick out. It just starts looking like black clothes after a bit. But that there's a good thing too.

You see folks:


How could you resist electing a person with this level of dedication to the senate?

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posted by Burn Unit on October 26th, 2007 7:40 AM

huh. Maybe I just assumed—when you're not otherwise doing it naked—that this is your taskin' suit.

Tasking suit...
posted by Lincøln on October 26th, 2007 7:43 AM

Right. I'd never thought of that. Like Bex's pearls. You make a fine point. And the only way to disprove that theory would be to go check out old praxis of mine, and really, who besides my stalker has that kinda time?

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posted by Bex. on October 26th, 2007 8:20 AM

I'm extremely unobservant and probably wouldn't have noticed even if you'd gotten breast implants and became glow-in-the-dark. Though, incidentally, that might do wonders for your campaign...


"But I'm not me."
posted by Herbie Hatman on October 26th, 2007 9:34 AM

Did anyone else catch that?

The silent task was the first and only other task which I had read until now. I thought you were a theater guy, which means an all black attire seems suiting (pun intended).

All black is the easiest to not notice. Especially on weirdos. Had you worn something flashy, like your aforementioned blue tuxedo, or even a flashy accessory, I think a reaction would have been more likely.

But hey, I'm not me.

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posted by susy derkins on October 26th, 2007 10:34 AM

I'd love to wear a rainbow every day,
And tell the world that everything's OK,
But I'll try to carry off a little darkness on my back,
'Till things are brighter, I'm the Man In Black.

It might have seen as a statement, perhaps? One that everyone felt too ignorant to ask?
And would have been extremely curious for the combination with the absence of shoes. Is that one also a statement, somehow? We already know what the candidate stands on (his bare feet) but wouldn´t hurt to also know why.

but i'm not me....
posted by Fonne Tayne on October 26th, 2007 10:51 AM

yes! that was the first thing that made me jump forward on my wooden seat here.... wierded me out a little and made me read it three times over...

glad somebody else noticed it.

but lincoln, besides achieving some sort of transcendental state, did you actually go for more than a week? you started on the 13th... and stopped today?

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posted by The Villain on October 26th, 2007 8:35 PM

Thanks for wearing black. Have you ever considered Villainy?

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posted by The Villain on October 27th, 2007 8:10 PM

Well, no one noticed, but I still think you did a great job. You do show lots of dedication in all your tasking, and that's very admirable.

P.S. If I'd seen you wearing the same thing more than once in a row (in real life I mean), I can almost guarantee I'd notice! These friends you were hanging out with, maybe they aren't visual people?