Tieals and Tribulations

Some numbers for your reading enjoyment. From March 16 through December 31–a period of 290 days (if my counting is correct)–I wore 195 different ties. I obviously destroyed the original premise of my blog project, wearing 100 different ties without wearing the same one twice. I had some rough patches getting a few hundred words onto my wordpress interface about 4.5 times per week, but the good, fun writing spells were more than I needed to get me through these nine-and-a-half months.

When I began, I owned a little over 110 ties. I also believe that ties, as inanimate objects, do not procreate or multiply, nor do they partake in a casual shag while awaiting their turn for bloggish fame in my closet. It is quite obvious that I have a problem now, and I don’t know how I am going to stop. This morning I counted 52 ties remaining on my tie rack(s), which will–ready! aim! calculate!–take me north of 240. And, a package is allegedly on the way from Paul Fredrick which could increase my number even more.

And so that brings us to the ties of 2011. The first of that group, Tie No. 196, makes for an honorable beginning, seeing as it was probably created way back in the 1900s. Probably just the 70s or 80s, so it’s not THAT old, but still. The tag says the brand is ‘Comandini’ and that it’s from a shop/studio at via Frattina, 83 in Roma. That link is for the amazing Google map street view, which virtually takes you right to the very corner that this tie was designed (provided, of course, that this address on the tie isn’t just a marketing ploy). Dare to believe.

She's not wearing a tie...or a bra.

I can’t believe it took me this long to insert this little nugget of pop culture in here. A little quote in the movie “Caddyshack” mentions ties, fairly prominently. Ty Webb, Chevy Chase’s character, is being picked up by Lacey Underall, who ponders the age-old question, “Would you like to tie me up with some of your ties…Ty?” So, now my ignorance of such a monumental movie quote has now been fixed. Thank you, Lacey; thank you, Ty. And RIP Ted Knight and Rodney Dangerfield, while I’m at it.

Thanks for reading…Brooke


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