Yesterday I was asked to do something I haven't been asked to do in 40+ years; a total stranger stopped me on the street and asked if I knew how to tie a necktie. I said yes, and he whipped one out and asked me to please help him out. So I put it around my neck, round / round / tuck / pull, and there it was. I loosened it, slipped it over my head, handed it to him, and off he ran. I didn't even have time to ask him what this was all about.
Several light years ago, back when I was in college, I was the go-to guy for half the guys in my dorm who needed a tie tied. Starting mid-afternoon on Saturday's guys would come to me one after another, waiting sometimes two or three deep, for me to tie their necktie, which they were sure would help them "round the bases" later in the evening.
The irony of all this is I absolutely HATE to wear a necktie myself. I will lie, cheat, or fake appendicitis to avoid going to a wedding or a funeral, the only two occasions that in my mind still require a necktie. In retirement I'm down to one suit and one sports coat, and two ties....one for marryin' and one for buryin'. (At my age the buryin' one is now inching ahead in use.)
DAMN THOSE CROATIANS!
As I see it the guy who invented the necktie is in a sprint straight to hell with the guy who invented the business suit. I live in Texas....it's 110 degrees....and I'm supposed to button my top shirt button, cinch a tie tight around my neck, and put on A COAT? Does this make any sense at all?
After a little research I found that it was Croatian mercenaries fighting for the French in the Thirty Years War (1618-1648) who were first seen wearing knotted kerchiefs around their necks to denote their regimental affiliation. And of course the French, being the little sissies they were (are?) thought it looked cool and made it fashionable. Damn them all!
Today my wardrobe, courtesy of LL Bean, looks more like this.
I figure I started out life wearing a little "onesie" t-shirt, and I'll go out wearing a slightly larger XL t-shirt. As God intended it. :)
Happy weekend everyone!