In big cities and major metropolitan areas, a lot of what you do in the public sphere doesn’t matter a whole lot. It’s no big deal to go to the store in pajamas (Holla! People of Wal-Mart!) because odds are you’re never going to see the weird people giving you the stink eye again. And if you recognize anyone, you probably know them well enough that them seeing you dressed down isn’t a big deal.
Not so in Montana. The state may be large, but most of the communities in it are very, very small. Everyone knows everyone in these small towns. You do business with your neighbors. You see people you know in places you’d never expect every single day.
I’ll have to remember that next time I need to make a midnight run to Wal-Mart.