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Good Times
Saturday, 2005 July 9 - 11:59 pm
Lots of yummy goodness today.

It was a good day today.

First: Melissa is going to BlogHer after all, thanks to the amazing generosity of my friend Crouching Hamster. Hooray! I like to think that I played a little part in making that happen.

Second: I went clothes shopping today, and I actually found some things. You have to understand: shopping for men's clothing in this area is a terrible ordeal. There are only a handful of stores that carry decent men's clothing, and no, that doesn't include Hollister Co. or Abercrombie & Fitch. What I need is the men's equivalent of, say, Bebe, but there doesn't seem to be anything like that around here. I usually make do with stores like Express Men and The Gap... but even at the good stores, I'm lucky if one item out of a thousand is both good-looking AND well-fitting.

Plus, I'm a terrible shopper. I always seem to find a way to pay the maximum possible price for any item. I don't know the meaning of the words "see if it goes on sale in a few weeks". If I see something I like, I just buy it, and somehow it's the one item in the store that ISN'T on sale.

Anyway, like I said, today I managed to find a couple of things. I bought this Hugo Boss shirt at Saks Fifth Avenue for $135:



Oh yeah, note the man-bag. I picked that up for $13 at the Totes store. It's not too effeminate, is it? I think the key is to wear it crossing the chest, instead of hanging straight down from a shoulder; that minimizes the purse-like look. I should probably lengthen the strap a little more, too.

Other than that, I bought a pair of slacks (flat-front, not pleated... that's crucial) and one other shirt. I looked for some shoes but didn't find any that I liked.

During shopping, it occured to me that if I were on TLC's "What Not To Wear" and it were filmed in Raleigh, there would be NO WAY I would be able to find $5000 worth of clothes that I liked in two days, unless I loaded up on leather coats and Armani suits. Geez, I need to take a trip to New York again soon.

Third: I made myself a yummy yummy burger with gorgonzola cheese. Mmmmmm.

Fourth: I went to the driving range and I made another discovery about my golf swing. I love making these little discoveries; it's partly why I don't take golf lessons, because I derive such satisfaction in figuring things out for myself. Anyway, what I discovered was that my hands have been too far ahead of the clubhead during the swing, such that I've been dragging the club through the ball instead of swinging freely. If I make a conscious effort to flip the club through, I get much better results.

Fifth: I think I got asked out on a date. Remember BusinessGirl from the disastrous evening a few weeks ago? Well, she finally got up the nerve to email me, yesterday. She invited me out for swing dancing tonight. But I already had plans, and plus: even though I kinda like swing dancing, I don't like the little swing dancing subculture that exists around here. People are just WAY too serious about it; they dress up in bobby-socks and pretend it's still the 1950s. And the guys that are into it, they turn it into a competition. That sucks all the fun out of it.

So I emailed her back and said sorry, I couldn't go, but maybe she'd like to have a drink with me sometime, instead? See, if THAT were a competition, I'm CERTAIN I could win.
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Comment #1 from Phil (Guest)
2005 Jul 10 - 1:12 am : #
"Not gay -- Asian" tee hee.

Good job with the man bag. I've been using them for the last few years now and never get any crap for it. In fact, the only problems I have are the ones that women have: (a) not being able to find stuff because there's so much stuff in there and (b) not being able to find stuff because I left it in a different bag.

Thanks for the tip on where to find the one you're modeling.

And good job helping connect CH and SB!
Comment #2 from Sonja (Guest)
2005 Jul 11 - 10:23 am : #
Huh. I kind of LIKE the swing dancing around here. :-) Do you do the Durham Armory one?
Comment #3 from Ken (realkato)
2005 Jul 11 - 12:10 pm : #
Different for girls, I think. I've seen women who were rank beginners go out and have a grand time, because these guys could lead them through all kinds of stuff. But if you're a guy and you're expected to do fancy things and you only know a handful of steps, it just feels embarrassing.
Comment #4 from MonoCerdo (Guest)
2005 Jul 11 - 12:55 pm : #
Great shirt (but OH MY GOD $135!) and a very stylish bag as well. I also suggest wearing it as you're modeling, but a little lower and more towards the back. That's just me, though.
Comment #5 from Ken (realkato)
2005 Jul 11 - 1:16 pm : #
Yeah, I agree. I had to move it to the front for the sake of the photo. And then after seeing the photo, it became clear that it needed to be lower.

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