Swim Briefs and the Immature Encounters
In my Myrtle Beach 2022 post I mentioned I’d expand on my encounters of remarks on my swim brief wearing. It was the first time I had anybody say anything related to my swim brief wearing. Until then people seem to tolerate it without feeling they had to say anything. I’ve even interacted a bit with a few people while wearing them over the last several years.
Maybe part of the success with avoiding the immaturity so long was the beach selection. We always avoided the popular beach areas that would get the high schoolers and college age kids. Typically, that’s the age group lacking maturity, but not always the case.
Let’s flash back to my Myrtle Beach vacation. It was our fourth pool and lazy river trip. The first remark I got was when I was walking from the lazy river to the pool. It was from a young, probably teenage kid who was holding the gate open for us. He said he liked my Speedo. I believe he was being sincere, because I think he probably liked the print of my Slugger’s swim brief. I just said thanks to him and continued to the pool.
After the pool we headed back to the lazy river, since the in-laws were there to see the kids float around it. When we were done, I dried off and wrapped my towel around me. My wife, daughter, and in-laws were heading through the gate out and I was waiting for my son to get his sandals on. While I was waiting, a guy of either college or high school age came up to me and said ‘What’s your number?.” I guess I’m a bit thick skulled and had no clue what he meant and asked “What number?” I was kind of thinking the condo number and why did he need it. Eventually he said it was a joke and I told him I didn’t get it. Then my son was ready and we headed to catch up with everyone. Didn’t hit me until we were out of the gate what he was trying to do. I assume the kid was bet or dared by his peers to do it that we’re hanging out at the hot tub.
My second immature encounter was a couple days later at the beach on our last day. I was out probably thigh deep in the waves helping the kids catch waves on their boogie boards. I started to hear a kid maybe around 10 say I like your underwear. I went with the ignoring method. He kept repeating it and I continued to ignore it. His female companion started joining in and they started more of a chant with we like your underwear red, white, and blue. I stuck to my guns and continued with my ignoring method. They were persistent at it for I have no clue how long. What really irritated me was I saw them go to a group of adults right by the shore line not too far a way sitting in their chairs. Though the adults were on the opposite side of me from where the kids were yelling from. Soon after I noticed them, they returned to the water and started their chant again. I suppose it is possible the adults did not hear them, since my kids and wife didn’t say anything about it either and they were closer. I’m not sure what reaction they were looking for from me, but felt ignoring them was the way to go.
I guess eventually I was bound to run into some immature people. I know some have said it kind of takes the wind out of their sails. I now kind of know what they mean. It can lower the confidence and make you second guess your choice a bit. I always kind of have a mental battle with it until I have a chance to hit the beach then I’m driven to wear what I want to. Luckily, I’ve now been pretty consistent with my swim brief wearing that I was able to shake these encounters off. It’s irritating and frustrating that we can’t just enjoy ourselves and wear what we want. I guess women can have similar issues with inappropriate comments directed at them too.
Have you had an immature encounter? How did you handle it? Just ignore it and move on? Did it affect your confidence?