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    Pants? Who needs pants?

    I'm writing this sitting at my desk wearing a pair of tri shorts, prominently emblazoned with "Hammerhead Triathlon Club" down the side of 'em, a T-shirt, and a pair of Sidi cycling shoes that I call my clown shoes (they're the tri shoes in silver, blue and red).

    I've been commuting for a couple of years and always leave a pair of pants in the locker here at work for days when I don't want to bring the rack trunk. This morning I couldn't find my rack trunk, so I figured no problem, I'll wear the 'stashed pants'.

    Only problem is that last month when I was out of the office for several weeks, I cleaned out the locker and forgot to restock when I came back.

    I just went down to the water fountain and some guy looked at me funny. At least I remembered the plastic cleat covers for my Speedplay cleats (clop, clop).

    Anybody else ever do this?

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    Rule #1 for me is, Never take anything home from the locker until I've brought the replacement in.

    It's Rule #1 because I did exactly what you've described, and spent the day feeling very self-conscious.
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    Hehehe. Your story makes me think about every sketch comedy that I've seen where the news anchor is sitting at his desk, all proper looking with his suit jacket and tie... "Good evening and welcome News 5 at 5. I'm John Smithers, and I'm not wearing any pants."
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    We have a guy working in our group who lives in Las Vegas. He always calls in for department meetings. One day somebody in the department meeting was talking about pants. Don't remember why. Anyway, the guy on the phone in Las Vegas blurts out, "We're supposed to wear pants to this meeting?"


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    I couldn't do it. I'd have to turn around and ride back home.

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    Same here. Actually, I would take a break and head to target and pick up a cheap pair.

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    Ha--I always remember the pants, I drop off a pair on Sunday evenings allong with my dress shirts, but several times in the last month I forgot my undies. there is just something odd about going commando in a professional type setting...

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    At least you aren't in your fuscia speedo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike45
    At least you aren't in your fuscia speedo!
    It's 'fuchsia'. Get it right.

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    Always have the spare clothes, always, always. I usually have at least 3 outfits.
    Man, that is funny. I would be sent home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmeier
    ...but several times in the last month I forgot my undies. there is just something odd about going commando in a professional type setting...
    Hey, better than remembering the undies and forgetting the pants...

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    I stopped by work once on a day off, and got called into an emergency meeting. It was summer, I was wearing bike shorts and an alertshirt.
    I wouldn't have any problem wearing bike kit around work, really. I'd rather not but I'm not riding an hour and a half home and back again. Actually I'd be more likely to ride 2 miles to a store and buy clothes, if it came down to it.

    I also do not ever remove clothes from my stash until the replacement is already there.
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    Sometimes I don't have pants to change into. On those days, I wear a skirt.
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    I wish I hadn't read this thread!
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    I don't think my students' parents would appreciate that. Later that day my cellmate might. . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by KendallF
    I'm writing this sitting at my desk wearing a pair of tri shorts, prominently emblazoned with "Hammerhead Triathlon Club" down the side of 'em, a T-shirt, and a pair of Sidi cycling shoes that I call my clown shoes (they're the tri shoes in silver, blue and red).
    Just hoping you don't look like these guys in your shorts.
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    Currently at work - 3 pair of pants, 11 dress shirts, 1 pair of shoes and 1 matching belt. I'm covered - literally. That said, if I could work all day in my bike gear, I probably would!
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    Quote Originally Posted by KendallF
    I just went down to the water fountain and some guy looked at me funny. At least I remembered the plastic cleat covers for my Speedplay cleats (clop, clop).
    You should have look at him and said: "Hey, listen. You should feel lucky I am wearing these shorts!"

    I could never forget my sandals.

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    My work would send me home to get pants.

    I don't know what the problem would be, I just sit at my desk all day anyways. But I know that they would send me home. A few years ago one of the guys got sent home to get shoes because he came in wearing sandals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fsr402
    My work would send me home to get pants.

    I don't know what the problem would be, I just sit at my desk all day anyways. But I know that they would send me home. A few years ago one of the guys got sent home to get shoes because he came in wearing sandals.


    My boss wears sandals. Where do you work? IBM?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DataJunkie
    Same here. Actually, I would take a break and head to target and pick up a cheap pair.
    That's my Plan B as well. Target is about .5 mi. down the road from us.

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    You guys are spoiled - Target never has anything in my size. I have to buy pants at the big & tall stores where they cost twice as much. (For the record, I'm more tall than big. )

    I've never forgotten my clothes, but often when I'm running late I don't change right away. Once last year my boss got on my case about it being 11:00 and I was still in my cycling clothes, and I started changing a little earlier in the day. After a reorg, though, I report to two people, one of whom commutes 40 miles r/t twice a week, and the other of whom I'm going mountain biking with tomorrow. They don't seem to care much about what I'm wearing as long as I'm getting work done, although it's probably best not to push too hard to find out where the limit is.

    They would send me home for wearing sandals, but that's more about OSHA regs regarding open-toed shoes in production environments than about company dress code. When I started this job seven years ago I wore slacks and a tie; by now I'm down to relatively nice jeans and a shirt with buttons on it, and I'm usually dressed nicer than at least some of the other engineers.

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    Pants are just the mans way of bringing you down. I say from now on, you should just banana hammock it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donnamb
    Sometimes I don't have pants to change into. On those days, I wear a skirt.
    If I know I don't have any work to do back in the labs, I'll wear my Utilikilt.
    However, OSHA, ISO, and 21-CFR 820 are pretty strict about long pants and no open-toe shoes in a biological production lab.
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    If I wore my lycra and cleats all day I still wouldn't be the worst, or most oddly dressed professor on campus. I think that's a good thing.
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