Tie Favorite Year

So, as long as I’m alluding to a random flick from the early 80s (starring Peter O’Toole and Mark Finn-Baker), I may as well admit that I almost used ‘Seven Years in Tiebet’, a random Brad Pitt vehicle from the 90s. But, in the end, I went with a film I’d actually seen (MFY was a regular on HBO and Cinemax), and I thought I’d save Brad’s brood-fest until my seven-year bloggiversary.

Shudder. Perish the thought.

Yes, as I have mentioned, today is the 1-year anniversary of 100 Days, 100 Ties. Two hundred and forty-four ties worn and written (about). I cruised right through 100, the original goal, and I also had to churn through some pretty serious bouts of writer’s block, procrastination and good ol’ fashioned lack of creativity/confidence. It has been a part of my life for nearly 1/42nd, and I can’t imagine not doing it.

That said, I’m fairly certain that, if there is a two-year anniversary (well, I guess there will always be anniversaries) there may not be a birthday. Or, at least, there may be some changes to the process. I still have about 50-60 ties that remain unworn, of which about 15 are loaners. I have over 200 ties on the Already Worn hanger, and I’d really like to wear some of them again. Maybe once my Lenten penance of No-More-Tie-Purchases has expired, I will start to have a regular Re-Tie Day of the week. Or perhaps a RePrise Week. I may eventually have to get down to 2 or 3 times per week.

But, ah, shit, who am I kidding? I’ll either forget the post-Easter idea and just keep going like normal, or I’ll go nuts and find some irresistibly charming lot of ties at Unique and extend the madness towards 400. Sheesh.

Regardless of what the future holds, I think I picked a good strip to mark the occasion. This is an absolute stunner from Lee Allison. I found it at the Salvation Army in Skokie, but the sheer quality made look, and feel, like a million bucks. I got so many compliments…it’s as if the class was calling out.

I did manage to get some Guys With Ties today. With this first one, the Tie should look mildly familiar, as may the Guy. The Tie, of course, is today’s TdJ, and the Guy, although it’s difficult to prove, is yours truly. I don’t think there are many pictures of my face on this blog. Probably why readership is so good, nyark nyark. I love how it looks like my two friends are growing out of my shoulders–Lawrence Neisler over my right shoulder (your left) and Paul Hletko over my left/your right.

And this evening was the chamber’s Business After Hours, held at Best Buy Evanston. Howard Kain, one of the principals at First Bank & Trust, was there for a bit, but I got to snap his Pfizer tie. Speaking of Pfizer ties, I have one (on loan from Dr. David Turok) that will blow y’all away.

Thanks for reading, and thanks for your kind words today…Brooke


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