About thirteen years ago I moved from an L.A. suburb to the coast. I went to a temp agency, because it was the end of a school year, so I couldn't get a teaching job. The interviewer hired me, and proceeded to tell me that I didn't have to dress up quite so much... things are much more laid back on the coast.
What? You don't like my creamy blouse, black pencil skirt, pumps, and pearls? We aren't in Boston, and I can't dress like Sharon McKendrick?
Fine then, I'll learn to dress more like Susan there on the left, but I am not cutting off my hair!
So I bought a couple Roxy T-Shirts, flip flops, and capris and tried to look more coastal. I get it. I had to adjust a little to the culture around me so I didn't look like a complete freak. The Sharon in me is still very much there, but I try to at least tame her a bit. Maybe I should be a librarian so I'd have an excuse.
Titles, however, have still really bugged me after all these years. Kids around here, for the most part, call their elders by their first names. When I had kids I just went with the flow, trying to adapt to the culture again, but it makes my skin crawl a little bit. It just seems so wrong. Maybe I have a Southern Belle deep down inside me... I just don't remember ever calling adults by their first name when I was a kid. Heck, I can't even bring myself to call my doctor by his first name, even when we are in a non-clinical setting... and he is my peer.
I guess it's just an issue of respect. Or maybe I'm being too picky. Or maybe I just want to hear my last name being said more often, because it is awesome and it starts with a "Z."
What do you think about the whole Mr. and Mrs. thing? Is it different in different parts of the country? Is everyone going casual?