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    #16
    Originally posted by Duvel View Post
    I'm just saying, how kind was it of her to spring this on him the last minute?
    Without knowing this person's circumstances, it's impossible to judge whether she was being inconsiderate or not. Maybe she had a date/escort who bailed on her at the last moment, or maybe she didn't learn until the last moment that she was expected to bring someone along.

    P.S. I don't know why there is any talk here of being "friendzoned" or "turning the relationship into something more permanent." The OP has made no indication of any desire to date this woman, and I don't know why we're assuming he wants to start seeing his friend romantically just because she's a pageant queen. So many assumptions going on here....
    Last edited by LesserBlackDog; February 10, 2013, 11:50 AM.
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      #17
      True. She may just be a little clueless. I was thinking the friendzoned remark was a pun on Miss [My College City], i.e., every city is
      "zoned," for residential, business, etc.

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        #18
        Actually, we had dated before but it didn't lead to anything meaningful so she just asked as a favor between friends. She did realize I didn't stand a chance of getting a dinner jacket for the event, but she did have the foresight and creativity to suggest I wear my green Army Class A uniform (we've since moved on to dress blues and I don't own them), but I just got out after six years and am not sure if/when I'm allowed to wear it, and I never even got the white shirt and bow tie that would make it formalwear.

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          #19
          On a different but related note - this is one of those situations that makes me want to spring for an affordable but decent tux the next time I see a really good deal on one. Life is long, you're bound to find yourself in quite a few black tie situations over the years, and rentals are catastrophic. Anybody else feel similarly?

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            #20
            Originally posted by Josh H View Post
            She did realize I didn't stand a chance of getting a dinner jacket for the event, but she did have the foresight and creativity to suggest I wear my green Army Class A uniform (we've since moved on to dress blues and I don't own them), but I just got out after six years and am not sure if/when I'm allowed to wear it, and I never even got the white shirt and bow tie that would make it formalwear.
            There's actually regulations about this that are fairly specific. I don't know them off the top of my head, but if you can find them (presumably online, if no where else), I'm sure they'd probably list every conceivable instance where you could and couldn't wear your Class A. I have no first hand experience to go by, but remember it due to the fact that I came across an article (probably on Wikipedia) about how Medal of Honor recipients are allowed to wear their uniform in public for a larger number of reasons.

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              #21
              Originally posted by Josh H View Post
              ... she did have the foresight and creativity to suggest I wear my green Army Class A uniform (we've since moved on to dress blues and I don't own them), but I just got out after six years and am not sure if/when I'm allowed to wear it, and I never even got the white shirt and bow tie that would make it formalwear.
              First off, that would have been badass.

              Secondly, and actually much more importantly, thank you for your service!

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                #22
                Originally posted by yoyorobbo View Post
                First off, that would have been badass.

                Secondly, and actually much more importantly, thank you for your service!
                Thank you!

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                  #23
                  I don't know about the Army, but Air Force retirees are allowed to either wear the uniform to regs that were in effect when they were retired, or to current regs. That's retirees, not sure of anyone who got out prior to retirement.

                  But military uniform regs aside, I bet it was pretty great to have a beauty queen on you arm for the night! I'm glad everything worked out for you.
                  Last edited by A3M0N; February 10, 2013, 07:48 PM. Reason: Grammer Fail
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                    #24
                    Originally posted by Josh H View Post
                    Actually, we had dated before but it didn't lead to anything meaningful so she just asked as a favor between friends. She did realize I didn't stand a chance of getting a dinner jacket for the event, but she did have the foresight and creativity to suggest I wear my green Army Class A uniform (we've since moved on to dress blues and I don't own them), but I just got out after six years and am not sure if/when I'm allowed to wear it, and I never even got the white shirt and bow tie that would make it formalwear.
                    Military dress uniform trumps all. Even a tux. But since you're out I agree you probably made the right call.

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