December 01, 2006

Day 12

I acquired both components of this outfit this year -- the shirt from Daffy's, the tie from Indian Sari Palace in Jackson Heights -- which means that my tie says "ISP" on the back, which amuses me:


I most recently wore this combo for an unusual reason. There's a yearly Scrabble tournament where I work, and I had just won the main part of the tournament, and was about to play the "Prometheus Round" against the reigning champion, my boss, Peter. Now, Peter is off-the-charts competitive. I knew he was going to try to psych me out or gain some kind of edge -- and he did try to, with two ploys that came to naught -- so I thought I should make some sort of effort to return the favor, which I did by wearing the most visually distracting outfits I could find. I don't think they're what made the difference, but I did win the playoff, two games to zero. (I'll post the other outfit sometime soon.)

Posted by Francis at 11:43 AM in Ties

Peter, competitive? Surely you jest.

I'm curious about what his two psychological ploys were. (If you don't feel like elaborating publicly, please send me an email.)

Posted by: Trip at December 1, 2006 02:26 PM

I'll send you a more detailed account (or maybe I'll post it to my lj), but the upshot is that he tried to find information that he didn't think I would have and use it to his advantage. So in one game he played a new 2-letter word that wasn't on the list I had memorized, in hopes that I would challenge it (which I did, but losing the turn had no effect on the outcome), and his other plan involved the fact that the Scrabble dictionary we were using was the expurgated version (which never occurred to me), so he was ready to pounce in case I played any profanities. That one never came up.

Posted by: Francis at December 1, 2006 03:48 PM

I need about six yards of that shirt fabric, so I can make a matching dress. Okay? Actually, if you can get me eighteen yards I'll make R & L each one too.

Posted by: Erin at December 2, 2006 11:50 AM

Just letting you know that I too am giving up on this because of the shirts and ties. Have a nice life.

Posted by: Ben Brockert at December 2, 2006 11:10 PM

Well, you don't have to be a dick about it, Ben.

Posted by: Francis at December 3, 2006 06:44 AM

Incidentally, for any other disgruntled readers out there, perhaps it seems that ties have taken over this blog, but the tie posts have actually increased my non-tie-related blog-writing volume significantly, so the ties are benefiting you even if you consider them an eyesore. Jeez, aren't people happy I started posting Six Things again? Nooooo, it's all waah waah waah, you're stupid and you dress yourself funny. I hate the Internet sometimes.

Posted by: Francis at December 3, 2006 07:08 AM

Okay, your sartorial choices wouldn't work for my husband, but they do make for colorful pictures. And I appreciate the uptick in text- and cartoon-based blogging.

Posted by: Orange at December 3, 2006 03:12 PM

Thank you. I apologize for my outburst, but perhaps I should have been a little clearer about my actual sentiment, which was along the lines of:

"It is 6:45 in the morning and my wife is in the emergency room with a 7 millimeter kidney stone and I have had less than two hours of sleep and that sleep was not especially restful, given that it was on a chair in the aforementioned emergency room, and I come home to find some DICKWAD giving me SHIT about my TIES???? AAAAAAAAGGGGGGGHHHHH I fucking hate EVERYBODY in the WORLD, STOMP STOMP STOMP STOMP STOMP."

Posted by: Francis at December 3, 2006 04:38 PM

Not that you should care at all what I think, but I like your shirt-tie combinations, Francis. Menswear can be so !@$#% boring, I don't understand how they/you bear it. I admire you for dressing in a manner that amuses you.

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