Thursday, January 05, 2006

bow ties

i've been leaving the hospital late a lot, usually around 7 or 8pm. my record thus far this year came in november during the middle of a very busy in-patient month when i stayed, working solidly, until 10:30pm. 15 and a half hours. truth be told, i really love what i do and usually don't mind the late hours, particularly since my boyfriend lives 2 hours away. sometimes, though, i stay late for the free hi-speed internet access. i only have dial-up at home, which is really just not worth the money.
well, for the last few weeks, i keep seeing the same man every night as i walk through the empty hallways...this grey-haired, wizened attending, of what specialty i'm not sure, who is always dressed impeccably, right down to his polished shoes, tweed jacket and bow tie.
this is the detail that first caught my eye.
the bow tie.
no one wears bowties anymore, right, except your grandfather who smells faintly of pipe tobacco? wrong. there appears to be a resurgence in the popularity of the bow tie...i've seen some young(er) men wearing them lately,too. like today, for example, my attending in the ICN was wearing a bow tie...dark navy blue with hunter green frogs and little black flies. very cool, if you ask me. it's also quite practical if you think about it. they don't hang down into your tomato soup and they can't be used to hang anyone so people in psychiatric facilities could wear them without fearing for their lives or the lives of others.
they're also pretty cute and somewhat stylish...even J crew is selling them this year. i asked my boyfriend if he liked them. he indicated that he did, but that he did not own any. nor does he know how to tie them. this is the problem, as i see it: what happens when there's no one left who knows how to tie a bow tie? this would be tragic. so, you see, we must encourage this bow-tie-wearing resurgence.
i'm going to learn how to tie them, just in case.

4 comments:

sister smile said...

Bow ties are nice. They look best on men who are pretty secure in their masculinity, though. Tying them properly is largely a lost art for men, along with folding pocket squares. I think it's important to remember things like this: they seem like a throwback to a gentler, more civilized era.

Uncle Pavian said...

Back when Ronald Reagan was President, I started wearing bow ties. Although I never got any Arrow shirts, I thought they looked pretty spiffy. Later on, I tried to go back to wearing them, but Aunt Zillah put the quietus on that notion. Apparently, bow ties are not permitted for guys with beards in the ZZ Top range. Go figger, eh?

Uncle Pavian said...

Probably the most erotic photograph I've ever seen in Playboy Magazine (this was back in about 1976 or so) was of Cyndi Wood wearing a white bow tie.
Happy motoring...

RuralRN said...

They DO make some dapper clip on bow ties....a cheat but what they hay...