Can’t spell ‘Fast Eddie’ without T-I-E

During my last year at U of I (3 syllables are clinically proven to be much easier to say that than the 16 in its full name–the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), I lived in a rented, 7-bedroom house which had been called Rancho Destructo since…since, well, the Dawn of Man. The first semester there were 6 young men (John, Paul, Bob, Brooke, Dave and Don) living with 2 young ladies, who happened to be twin sisters. We all loved Kim and Kate like our own sisters, and they loved us like brothers…until they lived with us. When they moved out right before Christmas, I sincerely felt that they gave us a wonderful gift. The gift of life. They wanted to kill us. I think the only syllable that Kate said for the last two weeks of living there was “Pigs”. It was as 4-letter as any 4-letter word could be, as accusatory as any noun could be. Hmm, speaking of syllables, I notice (my brain just works this way) that all of our names were 1 syllable. Until Alfie replaced Kim and Kate, that is.

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Anyway, I digress…since we also lived with a pool table, we loved the movie ‘Color of Money’, with Paul Newman and Tom Cruise. Being guys, we’d quote it all the time…sounds like fun, doesn’t it?! The flick was on tonight, and I caught an action scene of Fast Eddie Felson sporting a tie on his way to kicking some 9-ball ass in A-City.

As you probably know from reading 100 Days, 100 Ties, I have a tie-buying problem. I don’t spend a lot of money, maybe a buck or two…but, I may never run out of ties. My sister-in-law reminded me that it’s Mardi Gras tomorrow, so perhaps I’ll give up buying ties for Lent (not that I’ve given anything up in years). We’ll give it a shot, but if I see something like I saw on Saturday, I make no promises to the Holy Trinity.

The H stands for two things: HOLY SHIT! and HOW MUCH?!!

While at the new Salvation Army in Skokie, I ran across two Lee Allison ties, which I’ll sport in the next couple of weeks, I’m sure. But, another treasure was this Hermès tie, and another one just like it. Ties like these come from the land of Whatever-Price-You-Stamp-It-With-People-With-Boatloads-Of-Money-Will-Pay. I got mine for $2.56 apiece, before taxes. Somewhere, somebody is asking their wife, lover, husband or housekeeper where their Hermès strips are. Check eBay, bitches!

Thanks for reading…Brooke


2 Responses to “Can’t spell ‘Fast Eddie’ without T-I-E”

  1. Dan Murrell Says:

    Can’t believe you got Hermes ties at that price. Incredible.

  2. cc Says:

    I found this while looking for reference to my home away from home…rancho destructo. Such a shame that the current students know not of the history. What a great dilapidated old haunt. Herchel klein be proud.

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