Friday, November 11, 2016

Election 2016: The Year of the Anti-Vote.

A brutal campaign. An unexpected candidate. Two choices, most people didn’t want.

The results surprised me. I expected Hillary Clinton to win. I did expect it to be close on the popular vote, but not so much for the Electoral College.

The next surprise: The Democrat response. Anger. Protesting. Name calling. Dare I say, whining? They talk voting against Hate, yet that’s what they are spewing.  I assume part of this is probably because it was such a surprise she lost. I felt like the Democrats that truly believed in Hillary Clinton (not the regular Democrat voters) thought she was going to bring a new reality to America, that she was a magical change. And if your expectations are not met, that usually leads to the display we are seeing.

The first female president. It’s going to happen someday, but I’m glad it wasn’t her.

People don’t trust Clinton. People dislike Trump. They chose the evil they could see in hopes of his loud mouth is just that, loud obnoxious, and that his actions might actually provide some benefit.

So Donald Trump won.

President Asshole.

Mr. PresiDouche Bag.

The fact he ran for president didn’t surprise me at all. The fact he won the Republican nomination and the Presidency… I’m shocked.  Hard work, cash and arrogance can lead people to high offices. (But I guess that can be said for most presidential candidates.)

Trump offended nearly every color, creed, religion, and social category imaginable. And yet, people in those groups voted for him.  He didn’t win because a bunch of white men voted for him.

Women voted for him (42%).
African Americans voted for him.
 Latinos voted for him.
Middle Class voted for him.
Religious and Atheists voted for him.
College educated and uneducated voted for him.
City dwellers and rural folks voted for him.

This wasn’t a “WhiteLash” against Obama as one CNN commentator said.

So what does all this mean, at least to me?

1.  It was the year of the Anti-Vote

People got out to vote. It wasn’t record setting, but turn outs were high. People voted against big government. They voted against Politic BS. They voted against the Far Right. They voted against the Far Left. They voted against the Obama Administration. They voted against Hillary. They voted against Donald. Even by selecting Trump as the Republican candidate, they voted against the establishment. Five million people voted for Third Party candidates. This entire election process was a big middle finger to the government.

I just hope our leaders are listening to the citizens.

2. We’re a moderate society

America wants to be moderate. It doesn’t want Far Right or Far Left legislation or laws. America wants to say, “go ahead and do that, but don’t make me do it or make me like it.”

Moderate America won in this election. They want to make their own choices, not more government mandates without the people's voice being heard. They don't want Hollywood or the elite making government choices. The people want their voices and views to be heard and understood.

Mike Rowe said it best…. “the winner was NOT decided by a racist and craven nation – it was decided by millions of disgusted Americans desperate for real change. The people did not want a politician. The people wanted to be seen. Donald Trump convinced those people that he could see them. Hillary Clinton did not.”

3. People still turn disagreement into hate speech.

The Liberals are saying people who didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton are stupid and bigots. The people who are saying these things are hypocrites.

4. Millennials don’t know how to react.

It’s the first election they lost, they don’t know how to respond. It happens. They are protesting because they didn’t get their way. They are being let out of class because of emotional distress. Cry rooms and therapy dogs? What was that people were saying about an entitlement mentality?

The election process worked, it was legal and peaceful. Every 4 or 8 years, things change. That’s what happens. People didn’t react this bad to “Hanging Chads.”

5. The Far Left is overreacting to this election.

You’d think we elected a Dictator by what we’re seeing on the news. America is not a Third World Nation where the change in leadership causes instant and dramatic changes to laws and culture. We're looking at more status quo than anything else.

The liberals are using terms like fear, terrorized, hopeless… to describe a change that hasn’t happened, and won’t. The claim Trump has a platform of “racism, bigotry, sexism, misogyny, homophobia etc…” And because of that, everyone listed in those groups are worthless Americans and those that didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton believe these awful things and they are just as bad as Trump. That is such BS, again, this election wasn’t simply about Clinton and Trump.

The Far Left is fear mongering… Remember when the Far Right thought Obama and Clinton were going to take away their guns and other rights? This is the same type of exaggeration and lies that polarize people’s views and in doing so loses credibility. They are saying almost the exact same things they criticized the Far Right for saying. They’re stretching out and giving unrealistic meaning to sound bytes and partial quotes, all the while calling for people to be intelligent. I always find it interesting how the Far Left claims intelligence and open-mindedness, until they talk to someone who doesn’t believe in the same thing they do. A complete contradiction.

We’re looking at status quo, not the bigoted apocalypse. Yes, there was a rise in reported hate crimes the days after the election. Trump, the Republicans, nor the government ordered any of these personal attacks. It’s just assholes being assholes because they think they have an excuse.

6. The Right and Far Right need a reality check.

The Conservatives have a right to feel the way they do about political views points. But with that, they have to find a way to move toward the moderate. Keep your stands for pro-life, a strong military, the Second Amendment, immigration, and smaller government… but loosen up when it comes to social justice, racial division, helping the poor and those with mental disabilities.

(Immigration isn’t about racism. It’s about protecting our boarders against terrorism and being able to provide for those who are legally in our country.)

Trump’s win doesn’t give anyone the right to hate, despite what the Liberals are claiming. Time to show your humanity, and speak up against hate and hateful acts.

Moderate America can handle that. What we don’t have are Democrat and Republican candidates that can survive their parties with moderate views. We need this. We need a moderate Third party.

Some sociologists say it takes two to three generations to make real cultural change. We still have time, we don’t need to rush. You can’t force cultural change, you’ll get a fight against it. I’m not saying some changes aren’t worth a fight, just that time and patience can also bring change.

The reality is America still has a long way to reach equality for individuals. Trump said a lot of stupid things before he was even thinking of running for office, like most normal people. He said a lot stupid things while running for office.  He did not have a platform of hate and bigotry, though many liberals feel that way. Again, this election wasn’t about Trump as a person.

We the people are the ones who need to work on equality and acceptance of others. The government can’t do that, it can’t legislate morality. Yes it helps if our leaders provide good examples.

I have heard it said that if you want to heal your personal afflictions (mental, emotional, and spiritual) you have to go through your wound. America is going to have to go through its racial, equality, social wounds to heal and move on. We can’t pretend they don’t exist. But that also means there’s not an evil deed or thought behind every interaction, there’s not a demon behind every bush. Just because someone acts like an ass, doesn’t mean they’re racist or homophobic.

Again, we have to start with individuals, with a society that grows with mutual respect.

But what happens when he is sworn into office? Trump isn't going to have the power to live up to the fanatical fears some people are so worried about... his own party doesn't want him and won't allow him to have that much power.  Senators and Congressman are not obligated to follow his lead. Trump doesn’t have years of favors owed to him through the political process. And the legislators don’t have to fear political retaliation from a guy who is probably a one-term president.

What should we expect from Trump? Hopefully the things that made him a successful business man… listening to the experts then making solid choices. And if he really isn’t a politician, like he says, he’ll listen to both sides and even third party sides.

In the meantime, don’t move to Canada. Stop with the hate speech. Stop with the fear mongering. You and your kids are going to be fine. Talk to you neighbor. Realize we still have divisions in our society that can be fixed. And know that one election, one president can’t fix these things, or they would have been fixed by now.

And most importantly, celebrate the fact the United States of America is the land of the free, and we are able to have a say in our laws and rules, and we can vote for our leaders at the local and national level… even if we just voted against two undesirable candidates… and have an Asshole Elect waiting to be sworn in.

We’ll get to do this again in another four years.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Trees and Lines

A few tree images from my hikes the summer and fall of 2016.
Cataract Gulch, San Juan Mountains

Cataract Gulch, San Juan Mountains
McNasser Gulch, Sawatch Mountains
Willow Creek Basin, Sangre de Cristo Mountains


Willow Creek Basin, Sangre de Cristo Mountains

Willow Creek Basin, Sangre de Cristo Mountains


Monday, November 7, 2016

Dr. Strange: A short review


Well they did it again. Another solid movie from Marvel Studies.

Was it great? No. But it was good, a solid production. 

A few of the special effects were a bit dizzying at times, and a little over done. But most of them were cool and fit into the film without being distracting.

I enjoyed Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Strange. I thought the writers struggled to find his true personality. I don’t feel I got to know him or what to expect from his character as the movie progressed. I didn’t read many Dr. Stranger comics, so I can’t say for sure if it was a perfect match, but it worked for me.

Several humorous moments that got laughs and chuckles from the audience. Again, Marvel keeping it real.  

My one major issue with the movie was the hurried plot/story line between the “accident” and his connection to the mystic arts. The info came too easy in NY, and then they just opened up the doors in Kathmandu. Not exactly a way to keep a secret from a stranger. They also didn’t give us a good timeline of how long this and his training took.

The dialogue didn’t match some of the characters. For instance, Tidla Swinton’s character didn’t talk or act like an “ancient one,” and how ancient could a European white woman be?

Chiwetel Ejiofer as Mordo seemed be the most solid character as far as script and consistency in the movie.  

Looking forward to the sequel.

And to see how Dr. Strange fits into the other Marvel movies… Infinity Wars, anyone?


FYI… Two Post Credit Scenes….

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Cubs win and an old hat

I’ve been a Cubs fan since the beginning… well, my beginning.



My mom’s family was from just south of Chicago in the Lockport/Joliet area. Cheering on the Cubs and Bears was part of my early sports life.

I started watching the Cubs in 70s when Bruce Sutter was on the mound surrounded by Bill Buckner, Dave Kingman, and Ivan de Jesus.

Even in Michigan we had WGN as a regular over-the-air channel before cable TV. There were always games on television in the summer. Matthew H.’s house had the TV on constantly, and though we were usually playing outside like most kids in those days, we would stop in to see if Kingman was going to hit a homerun or strikeout.

Then the 80s came with a chance… Ryan Sandberg, Leon Durham, Larry Bowa, Ron Cey, Jody Davis, Rick Sutcliffe, Steve Trout , Dennis Eckersley and Lee Smith to close it out. But the Padres and the Curse stopped the celebration short.

A few years later and a roster change… Mark Grace, Shawon Dunston, Andre Dawson and Greg Maddux… couldn’t make it past the Giants. I was able to watch the Cubs defeat the Phillies in Wrigley in 1990 with Steve P., as Sandberg hit a homer only to be followed by Dunston hitting a grand slam for a 15-3 win.   

Then there were some very lean years of sub .500 baseball. And a few years that bought around postseason games that they never seemed to show up to play.

1998 had the Sammy Sosa home run battle and a just-not-good-enough record. 2003 was a solid season with Sosa and Kerry Wood bringing the hope.

2012 was a pitiful season with 101 losses. Could it get any worse? 2013 and 2014 weren’t much better.

I admit I didn’t follow the Cubs as closely in a lot of those bad years. But I’ve had at least one Cubs hat in my collection during most of my life.

Then it happened. The change. 2015. Joe Maddon was hired and brought his “try not to suck” nonconformist mentality. The roster changed again.

Wild Card game over Pittsburgh. Division series over the Cubs rivals in St. Louis. Then another poor postseason performance against the Mets. But despite the frustration… there was a sense of something beyond the hope of so many years.

2016 was “Next Year” and the Cubbies fulfilled the dreams of fans everywhere. It’s hard to put into words the feelings of so many people who have actually loved this franchise, this team. The game was “one for the ages.” A spectacular battle of two great teams. Fast balls and home runs. Errors and mistakes. Redemption at the plate. Back and forth. Substitutions. RBIs and an extra inning. The rain delay that might have just given the Cubs a chance to regroup, to refocus, to win. It was a spectacle for all those who love the game of baseball.

Watching the game with Sam E., a Chicago guy and good friend, along with 200 cheering and anxious fans will be a lifelong memory. We cheered and cringed as if we were win the bleachers at Wrigley.

With this win, the Cubs have completely changed the culture. The folklore, the curse, the Loveable Losers no longer exist. “Waiting ‘til Next Year” is not about hoping for a good season, but about another championship.

I asked my cousin Julie in Chicago, when she finishes celebrating, to get me a Chicago Tribune. There is something permanent about a front page story to stand against this temporary social media culture.

But more importantly, as much as we love the Cubs, it is more than just a sports team. It’s a culture. It’s a community. Granted, hard times can bring people together… and Cubs have seen hard time. No wonder the Cubs’ fan base is so strong, so loyal.  This win is about being part of something bigger than ourselves. It’s about family connections and friendships forged through the years. It's even about sweaty strangers giving out hugs and high-fives in a sports bar 1,000 miles away from Wrigleyville.

The win is a fulfilled promise built on the hopes and prayers of generations past… and a solid roster with a great manager.

Congrats to the players. Congrats to the fans.

As I celebrate and see all the t-shirts and hats with “World Series Champions” emblazed under a Cubs logo… I smile, but see no need to buy one. I’ll stick with the hat I own until the sweat ring turns it into a work hat, and I’ll get a new one. To paraphrase Joe Maddon, there is no reason to change what we’re doing just because it’s the post season. Do what got us here.



The Game 7 win was amazing. 
The World Series Championship is temporary. 
Being a Cubs fan is permanent.

As Harry would say… Holy Cow. Cubs win. Cubs win.






Monday, October 24, 2016

Jennings Creek Basin Trees

Love the colors and patterns on dead trees weathered in the Colorado mountains. These are from Jennings Creek Basin in the Sawatch Range near Poncha Springs.





Reminds me of Dragon scales.











Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A Grizzly Sunset and Moonrise

A few photos of our hike of Grizzly Peak, 13,988, a Centennial Peak in the Sawatch Range.
Sunset and the Elk Range, sun setting just left of Castle peak
Sunset and the Elk Range, sun setting just left of Castle peak, from the summit ridge to Grizzly.

Moonrise over the Sawatch Range







Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Suicide Squad: Movie Review

When will DC make a complete movie?


Suicide Squad was OK, not great. And with a little more editing and oversight it could have been good. Director and Writer David Ayer must have had some kind of deal that no one could tell him what to do, because the movie is just another bad DC movie.

That’s the thing with DC… so much potential… so much disappointment.

SPOILERS….

The good: It was Harley Quinn’s movie. Margot Robbie did a fine job bringing the character to the screen and owned the role and the movie.

Katana: When just enough is good enough.

The other good: well, not much.

The bad: let me count the ways…

Will Smith: I like Will Smith as an actor. But in this movie he played… Will Smith, not Deadshot. The movie could have been made with Will Smith without him ever showing up on set. Just Copy and Paste his image from any of his other films for the specific lines he needed to say, and then CGI his outfit on him. In other words, the script was bland and his acting blah, like he was going for the Tom Cruise Acting Award… Act just like you did in every other movie.

The Major Plot: Bring a group of (bad) Metahumans together to fight Bad Metahumans. Well, that didn’t work out. Because they only needed Killer Croc to swim… which the SEAL Team did with him. And then Diablo, the fiery reluctant villain (such a stereotype role) couldn’t burn the bad guy, Incubus, at the end… but a group of soldiers blew Incubus up with a bomb without killing everyone in the room? How does that work?

Then the Enchantress, with all her magic, decides to fight the Squad with swords. Why not use magic? (And why was she dancing the entire time?)

Harley Quinn (a regular human) ends up cutting out Enchantress’ heart.

So basically the two Metahumans on the Squad did nothing.

Plot Point 1: Enchantress can teleport to steal things. So why didn’t see teleport and steal her heart back?

Plot Point 2: Three times in the movie they have TOP SECRET documents in two-inch binders you can get from Office Dept. Does the government, any government, still print out top secret documents? No.
(And here’s one of the rubs… Amanda Waller gives Bruce Wayne a set of these documents with info on The Flash, Wonder Woman and AquaMan… didn’t he already steal that file from Lex? And then he called them “his friends”…. Super Friends anyone?)

Plot Point 3: The team building… a fire fight puts the team in danger and the come together to work it out. That’s original. Then, before the dark moment, when they want to leave and get all emotional at a bar, they decide to work together again to stop the Enchantress. Again, very orginal.

Plot Point 4: Deadshot threatens the guard, but nothing ever happens. Why not? You create a scene in a movie to reveal character, but then the character doesn’t do anything? There is no resolution to conflict.

Characters: Such bad character development and script writing went into this.

Jared Leto as The Joker: “Hey Jared, we’re going to dress you up like a crazy clown in a nice suit, so just act crazy, but don’t act. No, that’s not over the top at all. It will look great on screen. Yeah, we’re sure, you don’t need to act.”
And so Leto’s Joker wasn’t much more than a bad cameo.
Potential and Disappointment.
(Jessie Eisenberg played a better Joker in BvS, but oh yeah, he was Lex Luthor.)

Amada Waller: Over the top bad attitude, but she didn’t carry it to make it work. Her shooting the FBI agents was bad script writing… what secrets did they know?… nothing the world wasn’t seeing on TV.

Rick Flag: Dude, Joel Kinnaman, played another no so believable character in the movie. Give him a love interest, that’s all the movie goers need to know, they’ll love him. Not so much.   

OPENING: They open the movie with vignettes of Harley, Deadshot, and Diablo… and when we get the team together there are a few more members… guess who’s going to die first.  The vignettes… yeah they were trying hard to do instant background info, and it didn’t work. So, 25 minutes into the movie and the movie hadn’t started.

And if you didn’t know… Suicide Squad was already a hit movie….yes, it’s kind of a remake.

“The Dirty Dozen” And it was much better. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Color of Gothic

Release Date: August 24, 2016

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Convicted murderer, Jonathan Blair, conditionally trades his death sentence for a job as a court-appointed bounty hunter to bring in the members of his former gang—dead or alive. Now, only two weeks remain to find the last man—the man who killed his family. If he fails, the gallows await instead of a pardon.

Blair locates the gang member in the Rocky Mountain coal mining town of Gothic, along with a growing number of dead miners with bloodless neck wounds. The fearful townspeople turn to folklore to explain the gruesome slayings. Blair uncovers the truth behind the mysterious deaths. Demons.

An angel, seemingly more foe than friend, pushes him toward a never ending clash between good and evil. The town’s survival depends on Blair abandoning his chance of a pardon, and putting his trust in his pistols. But the thing that scares Blair the most, he and the demons have clashed before. And they’re eager for his tainted soul.

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Frustration of Turning Back

The second band of rain.
Even when you don’t summit a 14er the views can be gorgeous. Yankee Boy Basin might be one of the prettiest places in Colorado—waterfalls, ponds, wild flowers, mountain vistas…

We planned on climbing the Class 3 Route up Mt. Sneffels.

The weather report we saw said a chance of rain after 9 a.m. I’m guessing that was wrong, or we didn’t get the updated report.

We planned for a 4:30 a.m. start. Ended up being 5 a.m. at the lower TH.

Also, we could have driven up farther into the basin instead of stopping at the lower trailhead. We wouldn’t have gone all the way up, just to the sign that says “4wd Short wheelbase.” Would have been enough to take some time off.

And I took us off route, wrong fork in the road. But that probably only cost us 10 minutes, if that.
We took the Blue Lakes cutoff trail from the road instead of hiking to the 4wd TH.

Wright Lake and dark clouds above Sneffels' summit, center.
The saddle is the low point on the left side of the ridge
The clouds were obvious in the sky, even in the dark. As the sun began to rise, it looked like there might be some gaps. But the darkest clouds were still to our west, the direction we were heading.

Our first goal was the saddle/ridge to Blue Lakes. After we passed Wrights Lake we got our first rain shower. It wasn’t hard or long, but enough to wet everything down. As we continued to hike west, we made our first decision, a change of plans around 6:00 a.m. Our thought was the weather was coming in early. We’d skip the Class 3 route, which was probably wet due to the current drizzle.  Which meant we wouldn’t be hiking to the saddle.

We turned north and hiked across grass and rocks to reach the main trail just before the route splits. We would go up the Class 2 gully, which was loose, steep and not very fun.  The clouds were moving, but still looked thick. Given the forecast we knew, this would probably the fastest way to avoid the morning rain predicted.

Up the gully, and the clouds to the west continued to grow dark. And then we saw the rain coming. We reached the top of the first gully at about 13,500. Decision time, to go up or descend.
A father-son team was descending the second gully from the summit. I asked what the weather looked like at the top. He said wet.
Weather coming in, again. 

In the mean time, six people were going up a head of us. A group of four passed us at the transition from the first to the second gully and several more people were coming up the first gully.
After a few minutes of discussion, looking at the rain coming our way, and knowing the weather called for rain after 9 a.m., a couple hours away, we decided to go down. The wind kicked up as we started toward the basin.

Halfway down the gully, we got pelted with sleet. We knew then we made the right call. The brunt of the storm went just south of the Yankee Boy Basin, with some thunder.

As we reached the bottom of the gully, we saw more people were coming up the trail. And little did I know, a friend was heading up to the Class 3 route on the side trail.

We looked back toward the summit. BLUE SKIES.

Sneffels, center, and blue skies.
What? Yes, BLUE SKIES.

For a moment I thought about heading back up the mountain.

I kept turning around as I walked down toward the 4wd TH and the road.

Hiker summit silhouettes with BLUE SKIES.

Frustration, even some anger. (Lack of sleep makes me diva like, needed a Snickers.)

Rethinking the hike, this was all about timing.

Sometimes those predawn starts are what prevent you from summiting.

IF, yes IF, we would have started on time, or driven farther up, or not taken a wrong turn…. We would have been on the saddle (or close enough to continue to it) and then would have been able to see to the west, the direction of the bad weather. And I assume we would have been able to see the blue sky behind the two storm systems that crossed over us.

OR, with those time elements, if we would have chosen to skip the Class 3 route after the rain, and changed plans to hike the Class 2 route, we probably would have been in the second gully and not even have seen the second storm system coming. So we would have continued up to the summit.
OR, if we would have started later, 6, 7 or even 8, we would have seen the blue skies.

Yes, it’s frustrating to think you are making wise decisions and for those choices to be incorrect. They weren’t bad choices. Being conservative in most mountaineering situations is a good thing. But not on this day.

This is the seventh time I’ve turned back from a summit attempt due to weather, timing or other situations. I have more than 100 14er and 13er summits, so my success rate is pretty high. I realize if I’m going to be serious about hiking and climbing mountains, there will be times I’ll have to turn back. The reasoning doesn’t lessen the frustration, but the real goal is to make it down safely.

Mt. Sneffels, we’ll be back. We’ll climb the Class 3 route like originally planned and have another wonderful day in the beautiful San Juans. (Unless it rains again.)













Sunday, July 24, 2016

Review: The Revenant

The Revenant

Disappointed. It was good, not great.
Can someone tell me how Leo won an Oscar for this?
I can see how Tom H. was nominated.
And I didn't know it was SciFi... because the planet they were on didn't have the same laws of thermodynamics as earth... hypothermia didn't exist.

Worth watching? Yes.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Review: Batman v Superman

Batman v Superman
Yes, Marvel is kicking DC's ass.


Five things about this movie that didn't work for me...
1. Batman v Superman fighting... No real tension because we knew neither was going to kill the other...
2. The plot points that never unfolded or grew in story, they just happened and every character seemed to be OK with that. (Bad Writing/Directing)
3. Having Lex be crazy just like the Joker.
4. A lot of boring build up, to a not so climatic ending, despite a lot of unneeded flashy special effects.
5. The Dream/Vision stuff... gimmicks.

Worth Watching? Only if you truly love superhero movies, but don't expect a lot.

Review: Batman v Superman

Batman v Superman
Yes, Marvel is kicking DC's ass. 


Five things about this movie that didn't work for me...
1. Batman v Superman fighting... No real tension because we knew neither was going to kill the other...
2. The plot points that never unfolded or grew in story, they just happened and every character seemed to be OK with that. (Bad Writing/Directing)
3. Having Lex be crazy just like the Joker.
4. A lot of boring build up, to a not so climatic ending, despite a lot of unneeded flashy special effects.
5. The Dream/Vision stuff... gimmicks.

Worth Watching? Only if you truly love superhero movies, but don't expect a lot.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Best Bicep Scene


So which move had the best bicep scene? 
Predator or Captain America: Civil War.

The Dutch and Dillon meeting and shaking hands (if you can call it that) is an iconic scene from the 80s.

Captain American stopping a helicopter: Cap is just doing curls on the roof.

See Cap’s bicep at the 39 second mark.


Dutch and Dillon meet.



Tuesday, March 22, 2016

White Collar Camouflage

I’m not one hundred percent sure why I did it, but I did. Mostly just to do it, to say I did. And maybe for some Shits & Giggles.


I wore the same shirt and pants to work for two weeks. And no one said anything. Did anyone notice? I don’t know because I didn’t get any comments. But a friend suggested I keep an ear out to see if any of my coworkers won a bet about when I would stop.

American men in the office, for the most part, wear black, navy blue or khaki pants with a white or light blue shirt. Not all the time. But I challenge you to go into a conservative, business or government office and not see a guy wearing a combination of those options.

 It’s almost a uniform. It’s white collar camouflage.

And it’s easy , no Garanimal matching choices in the morning. No wondering if that shade of green goes with that shade of khaki. 

And what about socks? Do they match your outfit, your shirt or your shoes? I go with shoes.  But some people say the really creative people wear the bright fun socks no matter the outfit.
I know at one point my father had all black socks. He didn’t even match the different styles or fits. They all went into one drawer.


Next project… serial killer. (Maybe not, but then again with the right camouflage…)