thanks for the post, it really made me feel better. As they say in Russia, in every joke there is a bit of truth, or as some say, in every joke there is a bit of joke (and the rest is truth).
I wear a white belt everywhere apart from the dojo where I graded. I am going to an Aikido Summer School this August and untill I read your post the question of my belt really bothered me. Now I'll quite happily wear white.