Wednesday, May 25, 2011

It is May 25th. Do you know where your towel is?

If you were suckered by the title, then you probably already know what Towel Day is.

Keep yours with you.  Show the world you are a hoopy frood that really knows where their towel is. I've got mine!

Go HERE to find out more about Towel Day.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Ties: Essay 1

Being somewhat adjoined to ties for the better part of my life, I have learned many things that apparently have slipped what seems to be the majority of the tie wearing public's attention. As I am so opinionated on this, I can't help but think that I will have more to say on the topic, thus this is Essay 1.

That said, guys... figure out how long a tie should be and deal with it!

In as simple of terms as I can make it, here is what you should aim for. The bottom of your tie goes to a point. The corners of that point that meet the sides of the tie should be between the top and bottom of your belt when you are standing erect.

No. It is not acceptable to have three inches of shirt showing below your tie, no matter how keg-like your belly is. Likewise, it is inappropriate (though somewhat less egregiously so) to have it hanging down and covering your fly.

A tie that is tied too short or long expresses one of two things, ignorance or indifference. Neither of which are desirable qualities.

I promise, if you take the extra time the first few times you tie a new tie to get it just right, it will come easily from that point on. If you are wearing a tie it is because you care enough to dress up. Care enough to know how to dress up then.

'Nuff said... for now.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Memorial Day is coming. Are you ready?

I usually work Memorial Day, but we always take time to go to the cemetery and put flowers on family graves.

Over the last year I have gone pretty crazy with the family history stuff, and I found several dozen people who are my direct ancestors at our cemetery. One of my plans this Memorial Day is to take my children on a bit of a family history tour around the cemetery, and introduce them to a few of the people who made it so they could be here.

This actually isn't so hard once you have the information available. I took a map of the cemetery and put a highlight mark where each of the markers are, and it pretty much routs itself. The thing that is fun for the kids is having stories about these people. I am amazed at how much information is available about even mundane things about these people, and I want my children to know what sacrifices were made so they could live the cushy, techno-centric, freedom-loving life they enjoy.

Has it taken some time to pull it together? Sure it has. But the ability to give my children a sense of their place in history is well worth it.

So take some time and prepare for this Memorial Day. Don't just throw flowers at blocks in the ground. Make them real people so we really do remember them. Isn't that what Memorial Day is supposed to be?