Monday, 1 December 2008

A funny observation: Bow ties


It was my friend Frank, a writer in San Francisco, who finally set it straight. When asked about my new look he put down his fork and stared at me for a few moments. "A bow tie announces to the world that you can no longer get an erection."

And that is exactly what a bow tie says. Not that you're powerless, but that you're impotent. People offer to take you home not because you're sexy but because you're sex-less, a neutered cat in need of a good stiff cuddle. This doesn't mean that a bow tie is necessarily wrong for me, just that it's a bit premature. When I explained this to my father, he rolled his eyes. Then he said that I had no personality. "You're a lump."

- When You Are Engulfed In Flames by David Sedaris

Image from: Ralph Lauren

7 comments:

Timmy Ang said...

interesting observation.

the point of the bowtie though is never to flaunt, flirt, or exude oozing sex appeal.

it's more of to distinguish and say, ey im quirky enough to pull this off. that i am a distinguish gentleman (or appear to be).

my two cents

ALPHABETICAL said...

Exactly. I totally agree with you and David Sedaris' father.

thompsonboy said...

i think being misteaken as the member of hospitality industry was my biggest fear esp with a black bow

My Life In Receipts said...

I believe I'm going to channel this look for a beach wedding in Boracay on Thursday. Are shorts appropriate? I'm so not used to beach weddings.

ALPHABETICAL said...

Hmm I'm not familiar with beach wedding attire as well. I'm actually thinking the attire is heavy on white and linen. You might feel hot if you wore a blazer to the beach!

My Life In Receipts said...

Yeah the jacket wouldn't work, but looking at the picture, I'm more convinced that some pattern and color will be okay to go to the wedding in. I'll leave white to the entourage. Thanks for the input! ;)

Charlie Chan said...

wahaha, I'm wearing a bowing tie today at the office and people are staring at me, and saying they want a picture of me.

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