I have discovered that Steve and I have clearly different views on what constitutes a successful, productive day. I have come to the conclusion that I must be a half-full type of girl (despite my last post) because when asked, "What did you do today?" I can pause, reflect, then answer confidently, "I cleaned the kitchen, did laundry and put on pants." and honestly believe all three events were COMPLETELY successful. Apparently, pants do not constitute success in my husband's opinion, and in fact, the success of pants was entirely and utterly rejected as part of my successful day. I offer the following explanations why I believe Pants are an acceptable, and wholly productive part of any day and should be celebrated as such, not dismissed as simply /expected/:
1) Putting on pants suggests you have left the comfort of no-pants, or pajama-pants, or bath robe, or whatever it is, and *chosen* to interact with the world in a way that demands conformity of either fashion or acceptable lower body wear.
2) Putting on pants indicates that you have cleaned yourself appropriately for whatever the day may bring. Sometimes this can be work! And for women (in many cases), the amount of cleanliness will dictate what form your pants may take; ie, shorts or capris require much more planning and work to ensure lack of embarrassment (it takes time to shave).
3) Putting on pants prepares you to meet any social encounters that may come your way - either if they come *to* you, such as someone calling to your home, or if you are to go *to* them, in the case of grocery shopping (which I swear I meant to do today).
4) To many people, pants are even a prerequisite for phone conversations. (It feels rather odd to be conversing with someone in a professional voice when you have a very distinct lack of appropriate attire.) In related news, the nice unemployment counselor I spoke with today is a Debian user and contributor. (I was wearing pants, and thus able to carry on a conversation.)
5) Choosing pants requires fore-thought, decision-making and conflict-resolution skills, especially when one is not simply wearing jeans. The ability to find pants that meet requirements for the day, are clean, don't look as though they were buried in a clothes basket (or suitcase) for over a week, and will work with whatever *shirt* you choose is a finely-honed skill, and shouldn't be rushed or dismissed quite so easily.
Thus, I contend that Pants is a very *prominent* and decidedly productive part of any day. Even the conscious decision *for* pants indicates a level of commitment to accomplish anything!