Friends, Romans, Countrymen…lend me your ties.

Thanksgiving is over, but given the new holy days of obligatory shopping–Black Friday and Cyber Monday–the giving season has just begun. How long before the rest of the post-turkey week are taken over? Will we have Pawnshop Tuesday and Government Giveaway Wednesday?

Let me interrupt this by calling out to the folks at Hallmark. Are you listening to me? Do not–I repeat: Do. Not.–start creating Black Friday and Cyber Monday cards, even as a joke. I will lead a gang of sarcastic comsumo-terrorists who will replace your record-a-cards with non-niceties, and we will pre-seal all of your cards in their envelopes, too.

As I mentioned last week, I’m going to start wearing ties that have been given to me, or loaned to me, for one reason or another. I’m not sure if I can make it all the way until Christmas, so if you have a tie laying around that you wouldn’t mind sending to me, well, then send it with a story and I’ll wear it and post it, a-course. My address: Brooke Saucier, 495 Sheridan Road #1W, Evanston, IL 60202. I appreciate it, and if you need it back, I’ll gladly send it back.

First, we have the gift of a tie co-wearer: My old friend from Memphis, Chip Crain, said that he has enough holiday ties to wear one a day from December 1 until Christmas Day. So, Chip, send me the pix and I’ll post ’em here! Many thanks!

Mr Bill...Ohnoooooo!

Next, I have the gift of a photo: Another friend from Memphis, Jennifer Lazar, resides in Austin now. She apparently was in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the last few days and snapped some shots of these GBMWT (well, duh, look at the picture: GingerBread Men With Tie). These were entrants in a gingerbread man/house contest at the Philbrook Museum. I’m sure our wide-eyed-tie-guy was the winner.

Next, I have the gift of co-promotion. Staying in Texas, a true gentleman from Dallas, Drew Jones, found 100D100T interesting enough that he mentioned it on his website’s blog. Looking at the rest of his site, for the D. Jones Tailored Collection, I am honored to be included. The collection is truly outstanding, so check it out.

Wow, all this giving, and I haven’t even presented my Tie du Jour. Well, as I said, it was a gift from Margaret Gergen, the Managing Director at the North Shore Retirement Hotel. A couple of weeks ago (I think I mentioned it), I gave a short talk to a group of retired folks about my addiction to ties, and about 100 Days, 100 Ties. As a thank you, Margaret gave me three ties from their lost & found collection (which I think is really the guys-who-passed-away collection).

Diamonds Are Forever

I am thus honored to wear this beautiful Christian Dior tie; red, whitish gray and blue, the diamonds-within-diamonds pattern went perfectly with my shirt. It was funny…when Margaret presented the ties, she had me guess which brand they were, from Oscar de la Renta, Christian Dior and Geoffrey Beene. I mixed up the Dior and the de la Renta, in all honesty, and got the Beene right. Oh, well, batting .333 would get me to the All-Star game. But, then again, I wouldn’t be able to wear a tie to work, now would I?

Thanks for reading, and thanks for sending stories, pictures and ties…Brooke

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3 Responses to “Friends, Romans, Countrymen…lend me your ties.”

  1. Dan Says:

    great post! also, thanks for adding us to your blogroll… the link doesnt work, though. Can you update it to http://www.djones.com ?

    Thanks!

    Dan

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