Blog #4: You Know Your Dress is too Short When . . . | kathryn1985's Blog

Downtown Fort Myers, City of Palms, Cinco de Mayo spirit in the air, brick-paved and palm-lined streets. A bit of a breeze coming off of the Carloosahatchie River to cut into the humidity. It's 6:30 and music is already humming from the town square free concert.

My fiance and I have other plans and scoot over to "Yanos", a 'we-are-cool' restaurant tucked away in one of the art deco buildings that were built with a flourish 90 years ago, fell into disfavor, given a lift and cosmetics post-war, fell into disfavor again and reemerged sunny once again in the ongoing renewal of the past five or so years. After two glasses of a chilly chardonnay (one more than my wussy limit), I pecked at a slab of swordfish and finished half; none was wasted after the vacuum cleaner that sat opposite me gave it his attention. 

Plenty of time before our show and we explored the Franklin Shops on First Street . . . two floors of local artists and clever vendors . . .  with all sorts of cute stuff. On the way out and just past the ornate shop front the fiance puts a coral blue and silver beaded bracelet on to my wrist. The $8 price tag still attached. He gets a kiss and a hug but really enjoys the game and my little surprise. How the hell did he . . . ?

A short block walk to the arcade theatre where, as a sign quietly explains, Tom Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone caroused, drank and thought. Ford and Edison, close chums a hundred years ago, shared nearby winter homes that were attached by a walkway. They also, as the guide will say, shared innovative ideas, innovations such as a heated swimming pool, "air conditioning," an electric-powered sauna . . .  and their wives.

We saw a rib-splitting funny farce of a play, "The Mystery of Irma Vep," where two actors played eight roles. Lightning quick costume changes, a story line that included werewolves, vampires, killers, a mummy, a trip to the Egyptian desert, cross dressing galore and lust oozing every minute made it hysterical. 

Oh yeah, you know your little black dress is too short when the eight-year old holding the hands of both parents right behind you on the street says plenty loud, "Mommy, I can see that girl's tushy."

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Posted on 04:22AM on May 7th, 2012
lucky kid.

moreover. I have always admired the amount of detail, ambiance, and historical and geographical context you weave into your stories. I have always endeavored to push my writing more in that direction.
Posted on 05:28AM on May 7th, 2012
Sounds like a wonderful evening out on the town with your love. And let's face it, there is nothing sexier than the little black dress. Good times and I hope you both enjoyed the beads.
Posted on 07:02AM on May 7th, 2012
My thinking too BG. Women go out of their way to try and look good yet few will ever attempt a compliment let alone state exactly how they feel. Takes an unknowing kid, huh, to say what his dad and probably his mom were thinking.
Posted on 05:24AM on May 8th, 2012
The kid prolly got an elbow from his dad as dad was enjoying the view.
And as nudie says you cant beat a hot woman in her little black dress.
Posted on 07:18AM on May 8th, 2012
Next time try this . .. simple, effective and unforgettable . . . when the opportunity arises: "You look great."
Posted on 04:55PM on May 8th, 2012
The kid's dad was probably expressing an opinion about your tush non-verbally ..... ;)
Posted on 06:12PM on May 11th, 2012
I would give anything for a life such as yours Katie. There are no '' soho " streets in a small town. Wal-mart is just not the same.... and you might as well forget that little black dress unless you thoroughly intend to give these "bible-belters " a heart- attack.
Posted on 02:55PM on May 12th, 2012
Totally agree Kathryn, when out on the town with your sweetie, and she's looking mighty fine, tell her how hot she is. Children are so honest and real. It's great to get the 411 from them, and make us laugh! My gf is the apple of my eye, and wherever we go, I tell her. She says I'm blind and crazy, all the while smiling from ear to ear. I know what I see, that's all I need to know. Here in NC, have to travel a couple hours to find those kitschy shops, boardwalks and the like. But those type of evenings/weekend jaunts are the best. Fun, relaxing and full of keepsake memories. Not to mention running down the path to the beach. Yowza!!!
Posted on 07:15PM on May 13th, 2012
Oh dear. I love how honest children always are, and how they tend to both make things light-hearted and humorous. And that's to say nothing of just how good they are at putting things into perspective!
Posted on 07:19PM on May 16th, 2012
Little boys do have some of the best lines of sight available....and the art of catching a peak is something many men learn early and practice the rest of their lives. I think it is great that there are women who know we look, and enjoy setting us up for the occasional "caught you looking, but it's okay smile" say yes to the dress!
Posted on 10:00PM on May 20th, 2012
he he he...i wouldn't have said that, I just would have had to check what that tushy was wearing underneath...and then maybe a lil more...ok, maybe not on the street...maybe i'd have to follow you like a stalker, but that is less creepy when it comes from a hot chick than a creepy old man, eh?
Posted on 12:59PM on Jun 14th, 2012
I agree with Memphian on this one. Men have a refined art tucked away and the woman who knows it can reap many benefits, including confidence.
By the way, a girl's guy knows it too and is damned proud to have her in his world.
Posted on 06:56AM on Oct 4th, 2012
KT if I were your guy, you'd have to tell me to shut up I'd have you so swimming in compliments about how gorgeous you are! But you don't want that either. It'd get "old" fast.
But whatever you do, please don't stop being the glorious creature you are or us members of your fan club would be crushed.
Posted on 11:49AM on Nov 4th, 2012
It is so much fun to read your wonderful, descriptive writing , on my old home, Ft Myers...! And, yeah that was a lucky kid,behind you!
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