If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand ties…

Luckily for all of us, I did not wear a thousand ties today. Unluckily for all of us, I find that I need to refute my little punny subjects. It’s a good way to get into the posts without just saying “Hello. Such-and-such happened to me today.”

So, hello, first I’d like to admit that today is not today. I’m writing about Friday’s Tie du Jour, and press time is actually Monday evening, Memorial Day. I will do my best to avoid ripping the fabric of the space-time continuum (amazing how many movie scripts are googlable) by pretending to only know about the events of Friday. I will not write about my daughter’s surprise birthday party (it was a surprise because it was two months after her birthday…nyark), nor will I write about my pal [RED ALERT! Name dropping warning!] Dave Eggers stopping by the party. Should Julia read this post, she may find out about the party, go back in time and then be completely unsurprised.

Confused? Yeah, me too. Real today has been spent in the sun, so my brain isn’t well too working.

On to the TdJ! It is a special tie, and by special I’m not saying that I got it from one of my grandmothers for my high school graduation (you, know, reader…commencement is NOT an ending. It’s a beginning.). It is special in the holy-crap-I-can’t-believe-this-passed-for-fashion-in-the-70s way, as well as the holy-crap-it’s-passing-for-fashion-in-the-10s-maybe way. This yellow, blue and green polyester (told you it was special) number comes from The Men’s Store at Sears.

Growing up in Memphis, there was a large Sears department store about a mile from our house. I remember spending a lot of time there, but I don’t recall being in the section called The Men’s Store. I wish I could have seen the tie area. They probably had round-the-clock firemen on watch, due to the inordinately high polyester density in the building. And the way people smoked indoors back then, it’s amazing the whole tie table didn’t go up in multi-colored smoke.

After the long weekend (which is almost over now, boo hoo) comes Tuesday, which is going to be quite a milestone. My last day at the Chamber, as I have mentioned, and it’ll be Tie No. 299. Either I’ll wear two that day to get to 300, or I’ll wear another one Wednesday. By any stretch, I’ll probably take a break for a few days, at least through the end of the week. I need to get a routine going with Few Spirits, and with my other stuff.

Thanks for reading…Brooke


One Response to “If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand ties…”

  1. Vince Says:

    Is polyester flammable? I thought that stuff just melted! Well good luck on your last evchamber day and onward. I’ve enjoyed reading – looking forward to more posts, albeit less frequently. Wonder which ties will make it on the ambassador circuit…

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