As far as who I am, I'm a college student in Western North Carolina at Appalachian State University. I love the outdoors and astronomy, I have an 8" Zhumell Z8 dobsonian telescope. I also like playing disc golf (one thing that I wouldn't do in a long skirt on most courses lol. Thorns everywhere!).
How wonderful for you to be just 21 years old! Way younger than my eldest grandson! Enjoy your flowy full circle skirts.. One member wears them to contra dances, where they come into their own.
I'm also into astronomy and possess a Celeston 8" reflector. Our problem is that on average in Ireland only one night in nine is clear and when it is, odds on it is freezing also, so I don't spend much time stargazing. That said, just recently it was amazing to get both Jupiter and Saturn into the same field.
From Costa Rica,
Happy to hear there's at least one other sky-watcher here, amateur astronomy has been a big part of my life for the past few years now. I recently saw just about all you can see from bortle class 4 skies with my 8" dob in Taurus, was a great night. The Poor Man's Double Cluster really lives up to its mediocre name lol, a fun target . I sometimes wear a skirt at the eyepiece because it's dark and no one drives by on the gravel road I live on. On colder nights a couple of long skirts over leggings do wonders to keep me warm.
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It's great that you discovered it so early in your life. I don't know if there is much differences between belgian university and american college, but by assuming there is none, it is the better moment to try such things publicly. I'm pretty sure if I had wore skirts at university, I would have had a lot of interresting/funny discussions with people including teachers, and all in a complete respect of who I am.
I'm a bit curious, do you live with your parents or do you have your own home?
Whatever the answer to my question, welcome to the Skirt Café!
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The younger brother will likely find out sooner or later if he's even the least bit intrusive, so steel yourself for that eventuality -- or just tell him.
Keeping secrets is never good, and is corrosive at best. It's much better to be out in the bright light of day than lurking in the shadows.
I get to Boone often, in fact, I was just there Friday working. It's about a 1.75 hour drive from where I reside in Lebanon Virginia.
I'm in Boone at least a few times a month, sometimes I go for leisure too (not just for work).
I don't know western NC quite as well as Southwest VA and Northeast Tennessee, but I'm getting better. Boone and Jefferson are about the only two places I get to. I'd go to Boone more often, but I hate paying for parking!
There's some nice hippy shops down that way, I also like "The Dancing Moon".
Oh, and since you mentioned liking flowy skirts, I suggest a visit to Bristol TN sometime and check out the selection at Misty Mountain Designs. It's a little pricey (average cost around $50-$75) but they're good people and VERY accepting of guys like us. Just bring cash, they charge an extra 5% to use a credit card on top of the already high TN sales tax.
See ya around!
I'm not in Boone this semester unfortunately (I'm south of Asheville), but I'll keep those places in mind!
There are some beautiful spots of dark sky in the Shenandoah National Park. You can even see the Milky Way with the naked eye in a few spots!
"Never take counsel of your fears." - Stonewall Jackson
Perhaps you could book yersel' in fer that Cataract op. In 2018 I had one eye done in April, the other in October and since then I can almost read the instructions on the discarded Lunar landing bits on the moon!
As to the Milky Way, ...from Ballinskelligs Co. Kerry on a clear night it's a Sight to behold, from horizon to horizon and there are even faint colours visible among the myriads of stars/constellations.
That's precisely why I have my telescope.
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