Friday, April 17

10E2654: In Praise Of Knit Ties - Fridays Are Tie Days

 Photo by Alan Clarke via Esquire.

Above from 2010 article on the archetypes of menswear (link) - The Trad (as opposed to The Sport, The Rake, The Outsdoorsman, etc) still one of the best done bits.  The angry, about to explode New England academic. Hello pot this is the kettle haha...
Signature accessory: Knit tie.
Bragging rights:
Wearing the same pair of khakis for fifteen years.
As knit ties are - you guessed it - 'knit' rather than cut from cloth - they have a straight profile down the front so are generally slim. They end almost universally in a straight edge rather than a point (grenadine ties are a different tightly woven type of tie that often end in a point - also great). Why the love? The crumbly, rough texture of the knit takes the wearer into high/lo territory - dressed up but not as 'the defendant'...    Signals you have so many ties you even have KNIT ties...






Knit ties have a slimmer section round the neckband, that means you can successfully tie a knot without a lot of bulk. Four in hand (schoolboy knot) the only option due to the heft. Anyway... Windsor knots are characteristic of SMERSH.  David Muir over at ABC News wears navy, polka dot, shantung silk versions... Pretty unique choices for mainstream tv, nailing it.






Thursday, April 16

10E2653: Rent A Flat Above A Shop


It was April 16, 19NinteySomething... The 'New Town' Edinburgh (built in the late 1700s).  Shallow Grave territory (great intro - ends by that church at botom).  We lived top floor, no lift,  high above the shop Margiotas (a fancyish corner shop chain).  GoogleMaps tells me it is now a yoga studio.Also a sweet sweet Defender w camper roof parked by the Mini... check it!

PULP's Common People (release a few years before all this) is somehow an absolute earworm right now in the kitchen. You don't know this one?? Go on... big coffee and turn it up. "I'll see what I can do..."



Monday, April 6

10E2652: Kerchief


kerchief



Etymology; Middle English kerchef, from Old French couvrechief, from couvrir (“to cover”) and chief/chef (“head”).

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Wednesday, March 18

10E2651: Bow Tie...

A few years back now... Barman says to me, "You tie that yourself?" Long pour of Jameson and ginger ale follows. (The debate over which Irish whiskies are Catholic or Protestant may be BS but there was no Bushmills in sight...)

"I only wear bow ties" he says. "One day I was working late, almost alseep, and in comes Tom Johnson [Bruins coach and player, Hall of Famer 1970- ed.] and says 'I bet no one in this bar can tie a bow tie!' - So my friends wake me up sayin 'He can do it'.  I step forward and cross the ends over, longer end up - and he says 'You can stop there, I can tell you know how'. Then Tom comes in the next week and gives me a whole bag o' silk ties. Made by a lady in the North End. That was 1979."

The tv in the corner was playing the Penguins and Islanders game.


Photo: Dan Goshtigian for the Boston Globe
Tom Johnson served the Bruins as a player, coach and front office executive 
for over 30 years until his retirement in 1998.

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Monday, March 9

10E2650: Waaa...Wachusett



EVEN THOUGH it is currently 65degrees out Boston... there is 3feet of base is all over Wachusett and lots of snow to be had. It was not quite as quiet as I make out in these pics, but weekday skiing or riding means easy parking and deals on tickets. Somervillens - WaWa is just 55 minutes on the nail from Davis Square by car...  Exit 25 off route 2.  





This mid-mountainside stop is new to me.  Bullock Lodge. Woodstove inside as well as cider donuts / coffee etc.  The Crowley family are longtime operators of the mountain, as well as part-owner of Polar Beverages, so all you NOW FIZZING members can go nuts tracking down glass bottled Polar here as well as Polar seltzer fountain drinks.  Count me in....  



Yard Sale!!! Off the lift. Iced in. See those in the spring.


I counted 3 fireplaces. Bark down...



Have to mention - the lunches are beyond reasonable.  Not just less expensive than lodge food in other ski areas... less expensive than resto-city places. Chicken and fries for $7.99 or soup and big sandwich for $10... just add a seltzer and you are set!!



Must add, Wachusett Mountain have extended a tool for our local Friends of the Acton Libraries to help you save on lift tickets while also donating funds. LINK.   $10 to the Friends each time the code DON-FAL is used online. How it works: Anyone using our code DON-FAL while purchasing lift tickets online will be tagged. Each use will result in $10 towards your organization. Ordering lift tickets online always gets you a discount - guaranteed a minimum of $5 off.  Be sure to click Update Cart so the use is tracked. Thank you!



Friday, February 7

10E2649: Blow The Man Down


"Welcome to Easter Cove, a salty fishing village on the far reaches of Maine’s rocky coast. Grieving the loss of their mother and facing an uncertain future, Mary Beth & Priscilla Connolly cover up a gruesome run-in with a dangerous man. To conceal their crime, the sisters must go deeper into Easter Cove’s underbelly and uncover the town matriarchs' darkest secrets."

Written and directed by Bridget Savage Cole and Danielle Krudy, starring Morgan Saylor, Sophie Lowe and Margo Martindale. Blow The Man Down on Amazon Prime Video March 20th, 2020.  Young cast looks great.



 I want to live in this store....





Watch the trailer.