Last week I had lunch with a friend of mine at the Riviera Country Club. For those of you that know me at all I am not into formal dress. It has been years since I have worn a suit and a tie, honestly so long I cant remember. I am not into high end fashion, high end clothes or general snootiness.
As I pulled up to the gate of the country club the dude at the gate asked me if I had ever been there before and I said yes, as I had once. He looked down at me and said well sir there is no denim allowed in the club so you need to go change your pants or buy some slacks in the clubs store. Again for those of you that don't know me 90% of the time I wear black jeans and if anything 90% is an underestimate.
I told him that I had been there before and that I know that I had denim on so he should just let me through. He argued with me for a few minutes then said fine, go ahead, they wont let you in the restaurant anyhow
So I proceeded through the gate parked and went to the restaurant. At the restaurant I met my lunch appointment and mentioned the trouble I had at the gate. So he checked with the Maitre D of the restaurant who confirmed that NO denim is allowed in the restaurant. Ugly ass plaid golf pants fine. Denim no.
Just as I suggested we leave and go somewhere else the Maitre D offered me a pair of dorky blue sweat pants. I looked at him confused. He said that while denim was not allowed sweat pants are because then it at least "appears as if you had been exercising" What I thought was a stupid rule had just been promoted to asinine. No denim but if you slip these dorky blue sweat pants over your denim (yes thats what they suggested) then you are just fine. After all its about 80 year old rules, its not about what makes sense.
In a way I feel like the mindset of the Riviera Country Club have just not caught up with current times and are destined for a rocky future much like other industries that have kept their old ways of the last several decades. For now they may be able to get away with it but I assure you the wealth that is being created by the current generation will not stand for such rules that exist merely to exist and serve no purpose other than to not let go of the past