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Jewish World Review
March 11, 2013/ 29 Adar 5773
Pajama pants need a wake-up call
For an advanced people, we sure have a lot of problems with our
pants. You wouldn't think pants would be that big of a challenge.
You put your right leg in, you put your left leg in, and you shake
it all about -- no wait, that's the Hokey Pokey.
Pants: You put one leg in, you put the other leg in, zip, snap,
you're done. Yet we struggle.
In January, a small eclectic band of subway riders indulged themselves
in No Pants Subway Day. They rode the subway without pants.
Is it wrong to hope they got frostbite? For years we have endured
the mystery of young men whose pants kept sliding down their backsides.
Fortunately, that trend has faded and you don't see as much of those
fellas anymore. Literally.
Now the prevailing confusion is over which pants do you wear
to sleep in and which pants do you wear in public.
The first time I saw pajama pants in public was at a hotel with
a breakfast bar. Three kids shuffled into the dining room wearing
pajamas. A small odiferous cloud trailed behind them. I wondered
what their mother was thinking. Seconds later she appeared wearing
pajama pants, too. A medium odiferous cloud trailed behind her.
One of the boys went over to the waffle maker, started a waffle,
stood there while it cooked, picked a sleeper from his eye, and
then vigorously scratched his backside. Just like that, the dining
area cleared. They had the waffle maker and entire breakfast bar
Today you can go to the grocery, the mall or a fast food place
and see people in pajama pants. It used to be you never saw anyone
in their pj's unless you were 8 years old and at a slumber party.
It is more likely to be females than males wearing pj's in public,
but every once in awhile you see a grown man wearing his jammie
"Love your SpongeBob 'jamma pants, sir!"
I understand there may be unseen circumstances that compel people
to wear their jammies out of the house. Some may have sleep disorders
and need to lie down with little notice. Others may be lacking opposable
thumbs that enable them to maneuver zippers and snaps.
Still, pajama pants draw attention. The implication is that you
have slept in them, perhaps even night after night. Which means
you just rolled out of bed, didn't bathe, shower, shampoo, or use
deodorant and now here you are at Dunkin' Donuts. All I'm saying
is this: That's a pretty thin piece of cotton between you, me, and
everything God gave you.
Of course, when it's all said and done, there's a silver lining
to every cloud. Or in this case, flannel. At least people in pajama
pants are wearing pants. Thank you.
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