Hey, Zorba, did I already know you are a French horn player and forgot, or is this truly a new revelation? My husband is gradually retiring after playing the French horn for sixty+ years.
Yep - that *is* indeed "the problem", and most symphonies I'm aware of you have to re-audition every year - no job security whatsoever. Then wear wool coats and neckties under hot stage lites - I decided "not for me". Besides, I was good, but I wasn't Dennis Brain....The symphony in particular has become a celebrated entity with dozens of applicants for every chair that opens...
Yep - and try driving in a corset with a bustled skirt. Can't sit back in the seat!A couple of my reenactment presentations require costumes with a corset base. Roy helps me get into the thing at home, then I drive to the college and finish getting dressed there. The corset is a little too long, I think, and by the time I arrive at the college, my poor boobs are shoved clear to the base of my throat. It's not too bad just to stand around in, but driving in a corset presents a problem. I sure found out how much I tend to slump while driving without a corset.
I never understood the jacket all times of the year thing. I think guys do it because built up shoulders and concealing lines make them look buffer than they actually are, and to sit in a board meeting in a plain cotton shirt might reveal their physical shortcomings. The thing that always irritated me about business wear was the power tie. Anybody walking into my office wearing a red tie immediately lost fifteen brownie points and put me on "ostentatious person" high alert.
Pooh on folks who drop out of a contest just because they think someone else might win. No reason for you to feel bad just because someone else decides to go off and partake of sour grapes. The fun at Halloween is in dressing up and seeing what other people wear.