Tuesday, March 9, 2010
I have never sported a bow tie before, so my first task was to find out how to tie the sucker. I jumped on Youtube, typed in bow tie, and watched some instructional videos on how to properly tie one. I then positioned myself in front of a mirror and began working it.
One hour later, my deltoids and forearms were cramped and I was still standing in the same spot, watching my two dollar piece of silk explode into a tumbleweed around my neck.
I went back to the Youtube drawing board and fortunately found this link.
The "Snap it Shut" technique from the Carolinas saved the day and I was in business. It was showtime.
I entered the office Monday morning feeling a little apprehensive. It's a rough crowd where I work and anything out of the norm is ridiculed and picked upon until there is no meat left on the bone.
Surprisingly, most comments sent my way were positive. Sure, I got called "the professor" and Louis Farrakhan a few times, but I was amazed that my coworkers actually liked the bow tie.
"Is it a clip on?" was asked a lot and I had to describe my earlier battles in learning how to tie it. I was thankful though that I was left alone about its appearance as they ridiculed one another for every and anything possible (haircuts, weight, nervous tics, speech impediments, intelligence, etc.).
At the end of the day I found that I loved the bow tie! I did not have to worry about it slipping in my coffee, rubbing against my seatbelt, or about getting food on it. I also liked that it did not feel tight around my neck like a normal tie and I did not have to fidget with the knot like Rodney Dangerfield (No Respect!). Not only that, but when I glanced in the mirror, I did not see Orville Redenbacher, but Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones!
Conclusion: I am sold on the bow tie. I found this site and liked the price and looks. I plan to buy four or five in the near future and throw them in the rotation.
Stay tuned for future post: "Skinny Tie: Is it phat enough?"