Since this was brought up, I thought of an experience I had in Houston, TX. A few years ago, when I was an auditor for a multi-national corporation, whose international office is in Houston, I was to attend an Auditors' College, in other words, learning how to be a crook. Two others accompanied me at the time. One girl was a data-entry clerk and the other was a Taiwanese girl, in management training. I dressed in a Tahari suit, the other two dressed in casual jeans and shirts. When we arrived at the Wyndham, the other two checked in before me. Our company paid all expenses. They were given a cubbyhole of a room, with a slanted ceiling and crowded. I was given a large suite. They could not understand why I was given such a large, spacious, well appointed room. I sat down and explained to them that one must dress for the occasion. When one is on a professional trip, one must dress accordingly. They never learned. The data-entry clerk never made auditor, and the manager-in-training never made management.When on a cruise, I always take two formal dresses. And, when seated for dinner, I am always appropriately dressed. Like Jeff, I enjoy those formal occasions and feel very comfortable in formal as well as business-casual clothing. That's why, when I left that company, have retained all of my formal wear and well as my suits.Donna (who never wears T-shirts or shorts when traveling, unless I am at the pool)
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