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Rick Blue's Other Life
Ricky Blue
Rick Blue
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is a Montreal-based humorist, singer, and writer. He and partner George Bowser are the famous Bowser and Blue comedy act. Here's his bio from their Bowser and Blue website.

Rick Blue was born in Liverpool, England, but raised in Maine, New Jersey, and Toronto. He has an MA in English from Concordia University. He has been involved in bands and media music in Montreal for over twenty years. In 1981 he won an international 'Clio' award for excellence in advertising.

He once appeared on television naked.

His life had no real meaning, however, until he began to play with Bowser and Blue. Rick plays guitar, mandolin, and harmonica, and sings in a rather pleasant baritone when George will let him.

He is also a columnist for Montreal's outstanding West Island Gazette..

His LCC columns are archived here

Posted 05.09.15

RICK BLUE

Pants, or Don't get your nickers in a twist, eh?

MONTREAL | Recently I was in Napoli, Italy. And one day, as we walked down its version of Ste-Catherine Street, we couldn't help but notice that every men's clothing store we passed featured a whole new look. They are called men's harem pants, or "drop crotch" pants. The crotch is down around the knees, and from the knees down, the pants are skin tight.

Think MC Hammer in "You Can't Touch This."

Because I figure Montreal is about two years behind the curve in fashion, it'll be a while before you have to deal with this new abomination, but in the public interest I thought I should warn you.

It's funny how styles change, and as one gets older, one can't help but notice how contradictory they can become. I can remember when I went to high school, how we were always getting in trouble because we wanted to wear our pants tight. We all really wanted to wear jeans, but it was not allowed. We were supposed to wear loose fitting, pressed grey flannels. For some reason our teachers were trying to hold back a rising tide that would eventually sweep the world.

Then, it soon followed that our kids rebelled by going hip-hop. They wore jeans, but they were anything but tight. Schools had to deal with oversized pants. In fact, some schools had regulations barring the boys from wearing pants that had more than a 50-inch waist. Apparently, the kids wanted to wear their pants hanging down off their keesters.

And now there is a new style that will incorporate both aspects.

Pants are a medium of self expression, but also a social necessity. And for men there seem to be two types of pants. There are the jeans that we wear whenever we can be comfortable and casual. And there are the more formal dress pants that are still required for indicating our respect for higher social obligations.

Pants loom large in our culture. Think of the clichés we use. "Who wears the pants?" for who is dominant in the relationship? "Keep your pants on," for calm down. "He puts his pants on one leg at a time," as a reminder that we are all merely human. And the more recent "it's time to put your big boy pants on," for it's time for you to take responsibility and act.

Pants are what allow us to strut across the front stage of life. And that is what is so profound about taking them off. Each evening, when the sun goes down and the dishes are done, there is that moment we all long for. It is a moment when we look at your loved one and say: "Can I take my pants off now?"

It is a time at night when a man can finally divest himself of the weight of society. It is that time when he can be assured he will not be called to pick someone up, or take out the garbage, or run an errand to the dep. It is the release from all the pressures and obligations that clutter daily life. It ushers in that blessed part of the day when we can walk around in our jammies, or even our undies. There are no more social duties to perform.

It says: Relax, take off your pants.

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