Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Theme Days at Disneyland

Image credit: http://www.dapperday.com/index.php?/dapper-day/2013-event-photos/

Disneyland fans have created their own theme days. Some of these are Bats Day (goths); Gay Days, and many more. The latest addition that I just read about is Dapper Day, where 10,000-plus people had descended on Disneyland in California and The Magic Kingdom Park in Walt Disney World, Florida in natty outfits and style their way through the fun park.

Justin Jorgensen, who started Dapper Day in 2011 and has organized five of the events, all at Disneyland said: "People are looking for an excuse to dress up". And he added: "Everything, including the workplace, pushes this idea of being casual – when do I get to wear my great stuff?"

Most of those in attendance that day were in their 20s and 30s. They had come of age in a time of shoulder-padded power suits, windbreakers in neon colors and frizzy hair – not exactly a time that will be remembered for its classic elegance.

"I think people like history, people love nostalgia," said Heather A. Vaughan, a historian studying 20th century fashions. "People love imagining a time they didn’t live in."

Wouldn’t it be great if SUBS students can do the same here?

Yesterday evening, I dropped in at Jalan Puteri 4/7A in Bandar Puteri, Puchong to attend the Puchong English Toastmasters meeting. It was good to see some members taking on meeting roles for the first time and although many of them lack the flair for the English language – they tried and they did their tasks admirably. And one particular speech by Alan Wong (titiled “I Am Handsome”) even made me laugh! Now that is rare indeed! Meeting score: 6 over 10.

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