I have never been to Charlottesville before, so I think that may have been part of the problem. People - people my age, anyway - were way more dressed up and covered up than I wanted to be in humid 80°+ weather. And that is the other part of the problem, I think. I still have not learned to dress in an age-appropriate manner. Oh, I don't dress like my Aunt Joanne or anything - she who always dressed more youthfully than me, and probably still does. I stopped wearing t-shirts in public years ago - a step in the right direction, I'm sure. But I don't think I should really wear shorts out as much as I do, and my skort may have been a fashion faux pas, as well. I feel that if the weather had been cooler, I could have dressed better, but I fear getting overheated and sweaty on my outings almost as much as I fear unexpected rain or bee stings - maybe more.
The good news is that Julie and I enjoyed Charlottesville so much, and found Monticello so incredibly beautiful, that for long periods of time I forgot that I wasn't as beautifully dressed, coiffed, or manicured as some of the genteel Southern ladies in our tour group. I hope on my next trip to Monticello - and I know there will be a next trip - that I will know exactly what to bring and how to dress. But I have my doubts.