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Sunday, September 14, 2014

A Shocking Sight

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We’re retired.  And as full time RV travelers, we don’t have the need to have fancy clothes with us as we’ve left our military and corporate lives behind.

I gleefully gave all ten of my business suits, all my dress shirts, pants, shoes and ties to Goodwill before we hit the road.  Those suits, which I wore almost daily have not been missed.

Just in case, I kept one blue blazer, a tie and a dress shirt in the event that something happened that I couldn’t attend in shorts and a Hawaiian shirt.  Thankfully, no invitations came from the White House for lunch with our president so those clothes were not needed.

Until now.

We arrived in the Roanoke, VA area to attend a wedding for a very close friend and former co-worker of Marti’s.

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I had to drag out my blazer from the garment bag and locate the tie.  Searching high and low, the tie was nowhere to be found, necessitating a fast run to a store to buy a new one.  Successfully purchasing a new tie, all that was left for me was to try and remember how to tie it in a proper Windsor knot.

To document this very rare occasion, Marti and I tried to take a selfie as a memento.  After a bunch of tries, we narrowed the pictures down to just these two.  Of course, no matter how hard we tried, one of us would look great and the other not so great.  

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I can’t understand the fascination with selfies…

The final insult to my tie wearing, after my struggle to get the perfect Windsor knot, I donned my blazer, put my hand in the pocket and found the one tie I had saved.  

I probably will have to buy another tie sometime in the future because I won’t remember I’ve put a tie in each pocket of my blazer.  :c)

Thanks for visiting and feel free to leave a comment.

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27 comments:

  1. You both look great. But I have to agree with you on selfies. I just don't get it. Love the tie. Where did you stay in Roanoke? Somebody's drive way?

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    1. We're in Dixie Caverns Campground in Salem, VA, right off I-81. Nothing fancy, but it works just fine for our stay. We've stayed here several times in the past because it is so handy on the route we travel often.

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    2. That's where we always stay. Just wanted to make sure I hadn't missed a campground in that area. Dixie is close to Jim's sister on Bent Mountain.

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  2. Bob says, "Our experiences are universal." We laughed about your dress-up story. You see, Bob has been applying for some high-power jobs and had to get out his one business suit he saved. Back in our stix and brix house, he had a beautiful assortment of ties, but we must have given them all away. We could not find a single tie. Off to Men's Wearhouse to buy not one, but two ties (just in case). He, too, had a heck of a time remembering how to tie it. That's a good problem to have. LOL.

    We hate selfies and are not afraid to ask someone to take our photo. Invariably in a selfie of you will look like a chipmunk.

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  3. Looking good- that tie story sounds like something I would do :)

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  4. You know the old saying... Two ties are better then One;o))

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  5. I agree about the selfies. Did you wear that coat and tie with your shorts?

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    1. Unfortunately, no shorts were worn, just my ONE pair of khaki pants.

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  6. Luckily for me, I haven't had to don a tie for over a year now. It was a wedding. Thought I was gonna choke, but got reused to it. Sort of.
    Selfies taken by those of a *certain* age always seem to be fraught with issues. This I know.
    Y'all clean up nice.

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  7. I laughingly say I can wear the same "Sunday Go To Meetin" clothes to church each week. . .'cause those folks are never gonna see me again. . .LOL!

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  8. I had to laugh. Our selfies are always a little goofy looking :) I was going through my Dad's clothing before his memorial service to find a tie for my son Austin. We found them all shoved into a drawer, as he hadn't worn a tie even to work in decades. Austin had a good laugh at ties from the 70's :)

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  9. My goodness, Paul, you really do clean up nice. I'm not surprised about Marti, but YOU!

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  10. Ha! I'll bet David has no idea where his one tie is either. Better to have to buy a tie than a suit. I think selfies are fun. The older we get the worse we look in any picture so who cares. I like both the ones of you and Marti but would love to see her dress.

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  11. I have a coat and tie, but no longer have any footwear but sneakers but that does include one black pair for dress up:)

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  12. the two of you clean up well!!!

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  13. Good selfie, you guys clean up nicely. Glad you found the perfect hiding place for a tie.

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  14. Yep, I agree with the others, you two clean up well.

    We're still trying to perfect the selfie photo ourselves, so far we haven't done it yet!

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  15. You both look very nice. The effort paid off. Maybe I'm wrong, but the selfie craze just seems a bit narcissistic to me. It's so much easier being behind the camera.

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  16. Oh Roanoke. That's where the rest of Terry's clan lives. Tell them Hello!

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  17. Mice to get rid of all those suits etc.... we have a few things tucked away in the corner of a friends closet.
    Nice picture of the two of you, even if it is a selfie.

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  18. No selfies for us ... with few exceptions, if someone isn't around or we don't have a tripod, we do without ... no chipmunk photos necessary ;-)) Mui had the hardest time giving up his collection of ties. Congrats to your friend on getting married.

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  19. Good post Paul.. When you said you put your hand in the pocket, I knew what was coming next.
    I'm with you on the "selfies". I don't understand the fascination.

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  20. Nice Windsor Knot - it's like riding a bike - something you never forget how to do.

    Nice selfie even though you were in it, Paul.

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  21. You did good. The blazer still fits! :) Rick saved one suit and one tie. Only the tie fit after 3.5 years. Suit went to Goodwill. If he needs one, we'll have to find one that matches his black Rockport sneakers :)

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  22. I kept my "marry em and bury em" outfit but not much else nice clothes wise.

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  23. Mike used to take selfies long before they were a "thing." He used to call them "self portraits." Of course back then we had to wait until the film was developed to see how they turned out. :-)

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