Posts Tagged ‘City of Evanston’

Roll Tied Roll

January 10, 2012

Well, it was a well-deserved victory last night. Not only did ‘Bama win the BCS national championship, they also won placement as 100 Days, 100 Ties subject header, over ‘Geaux Tiegers.’ I’m sure they are reserving a spot in their substantial trophy case to prominently display a screen shot of my blog.

Funny story about Alabama. I only applied to three colleges – Georgia Tech, U of Illinois & Alabama. Tech admitted me first, and then I chose Illinois when they let me in (they pledged that the weather would be MUCH better). But the best admission came from Bama, from whom I received a packet addressed to ‘Miss Brooke Saucier.’ Yes, they had accepted me as a woman. Over the next few weeks, I got letters from prospective sororities, and a note from my resident advisor in my dorm, who said something to the effect that she knew about all the best parties.. My thoughts immediately went to how much fun it would be to shock not only my roommate, but her daddy. “Hi, I’m your roommate. Brooke. When’s shower time around here?” Oh, but, alas, Bama’s new student week perfectly coincided with U of I, so I wasn’t able to give a poor fella from Montgomery a heart attack.

As for my Tie du Jour, I thought it best to wait on the purple and gold tie that would have celebrated a victory for the ‘Geaux Tiegers’ subject header. Better to let the wounds heal. This strip from Perry Ellis may be just the soother that Bayou Bengal country needs. Its texture goes pretty well with that of my gray (British eq: grey) shirt. Well, I’m just so proud of myself, aren’t I?

I’d like to introduce a new Guy With Tie here. Paul Zalmezak is a planner with the City of Evanston’s Economic Development Department, focusing on technology and its place in the Evanston business community. He was meeting over at CoLab Evanston, where TieXchange offices. Great guy. Great tie.

Thanks for reading…Brooke

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The combo platter…

March 25, 2010

Sometimes a tie just goes perfectly with a certain shirt. I’ve worn this combo 3 or 4 times since starting at the Chamber, and I’m not sure if I’ve ever put a different tie with this shirt. The red/gray (that’s ‘grey’ to our British readers) motif catches the eye, I think (sorry, it’s hard to see in the photo, but the red pinstripes are actually snug next to gray ones). The pocket square reminds me of a little campfire.

Got a pocketsquare Jones, oh baby oooh ooh ooh...

This beauty from Jones New York is definitely a part of a mix that I’ll miss while I go through the exercise of wearing all of my ties before I sport them again. Perhaps I’ll come up with a ‘ReRun Week’ or ‘Withdrawal Week’ for the shirt/tie pairings I like the best.

Today I did something I haven’t done in perhaps 20-25 years…I won a trophy. Yes, the McGaw YMCA B-League Winter Session racquetball championship (known in these parts as the McG.Y.M.C.A.B-L.W.S.r.c.–it’s pronounced McGimka-blewzerk) crown went to yours truly. I did not wear a tie, but I’m sure that, since I dressed like a champion, I became a…yeah, whatevs.

A couple of friends have generously offered to send ties for me to wear and write about. It would be my honor to sport something that is special to you and/or your family. Just send them to me at: Brooke Saucier, 495 Sheridan Road #1W, Evanston, IL 60202. If you need ’em back, slip a couple bucks in the package…

I’m also going to be giving some of these ties away. If you particularly like one or the other and give me sufficient reason, I’ll get it to you. Sending an SASE would help in the ‘sufficient reason’ department.

One more ‘Guys With Ties’ today: It’s Lehman Walker, the City of Evanston‘s Director of Community Development. I met Lehman this morning at the City/Chamber meeting, and his blue-on-blue tie brightened the room.

Thanks for reading…Brooke