Tie the Beloved Country

“I feel the need…the need for speed!” –a giggling Tom Cruise in Top Gun, to an astounded Anthony Edwards (as in, how the hell did Meg Ryan get cast as my wife!)

Amazing writing. That’s what I apparently felt today as I cruised to work in my minivan, as I broke all land-speed records, exceeding the Skokie speed limit by over 50%! It sounds a bit better, but in reality I was clocked–ALLEGEDLY–at 46 in a 30. Slow enough that I could honestly say, “Wow, officer, I didn’t realize I was going that…fast?” Does ‘fast’ really belong there? Should I have inserted ‘speed’? Or, “Wow, I didn’t realize that I was going that…slow. And, again, wow, can you honestly tell me that when you were a little boy and dreamt about becoming a policeman, that you sported a nightstick whilst thinking about pulling over minivans after 200 yards and a lane change?”

Okay, well, here’s what I was wearing as I was pulled over by “The Man.’ My Tie du Jour is from Bachrach, which I will forever associate with my fellow fraternity brothers, who fell for the lure of the Bachrach siren’s song. I found this at the Unique Thrift Store (yes, another one…get used to it, there are a lot of ’em). It appears to have several Ralph Lauren Polo insignias on it, but it’s nowhere on the label. Oh, well…

The TdJ has a pink undertone, but it’s more earthy. Nice tie…

Well, folks, my brush with the law have made me sleepy. It’s nice to be home in bed, and to have been released from the icy grip of the Skokie traffic cop. I will be accompanying my dad to the Cubs-Pirates game (he’s been a Pirates fan for 5o years now), and will try to get some GWT pictures. Wonder if I can bribe the photo-ees, so their bosses don’t find out that their ‘stomach bug’ has cleared up just in time for beers, sun and baseball.

Thanks for reading…Brooke


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