The pithy, opinionated, and sometimes brutally frank Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke challenges average guys to live a life less ordinary and embrace classic style in the broadest sense. it's time to rise above the trite, the boring, the predictable, the mundane, the banal, and the commonplace. It's time to stop behaving like barnyard animals at the trough and leave behind the perpetually sloppy man-child aesthetic of the last two decades or so. It's time to learn once again how to present and conduct yourself like an adult with some grooming, finesse, and sophistication. And here is where you can learn how.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Spring semester grades are in!

Yours truly hanging 'round the office at home today after tallying and submitting final grades with some classic jazz numbers playing on the ol' computer.  Ain't YouTube a great thing?

Final grades for the spring semester are in, and I'm enjoying that delightful lazy feeling that arrives shortly afterwards at the close of yet another university term.  Being able to do all of this online (instead of with the old-fashioned paper final grade forms) certainly helps.  

The attire in today's photograph is pretty typical around here between the end of April and the end of August.  The weather needs to be warmer before I break out the Madras shirts though.  The Land's End cotton knit shirt dates from the spring of 1998 when I was still attending grad school in Madison, Wisconsin.  It has actually made a few different visits to Norway with me through the intervening years now that I think about it.  The shorts and dock-siders are more recent vintage though.  

These are the kinds of items that the men in my extended family have worn during the evenings, weekends, and vacations each late spring and summer for many decades, and, to some extent, they still do. . .  unless mowing the grass or working in the vegetable garden.  Even my Welsh professor stepfather has climbed aboard and lives in these sorts of clothes at my parents' home in the Yucatan (Mexico) whenever they are there.  It's simply too warm and humid much of the year for anything else unless you happen to be in the swimming pool, in an air-conditioned bedroom, or an El Norte blows in cooler, dryer air.

While clothes like these, strangely, have their detractors, they are nevertheless relaxed, comfortable gear that looks equally presentable at home, for a quick trip to the nearby corner convenience store for that forgotten container of milk, or for strolling along the beach on the Outer Banks of North Carolina during a breezy summer's evening.  If you are looking to take your casual warm weather style to another level, I urge you to give this kind of attire a try.

-- Heinz-Ulrich

5 comments:

OldSchool said...
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guy said...

You lucky man! Slightly off topic.

I watched last night on the BBC a v interesting documentary on FDR specifically concerning the period 1944/45 when his health was seriously deteriorating and his marriage was imploding. The images/photos from the conferences with Churchill and Stalin hid his physical infirmity and despite being the youngest in age terms he truly looks like a v old man in comparison.

However what struck me was how well he dressed as a young man and through the 20-30's and especially the variety of hats he wore. If you have time on your hands before your move, time for some research and inspiration.

Regards,
Guy

OldSchool said...

Please delete my email address from my comment.
Thanks.

Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...

Done! Please excuse my oversight. Here is the text from your original comment:

Don't have an e-mail address for you, so I'm sending this link this way, just in case you haven't seen the article:

https://theamericanscholar.org/the-writer-who-taught/

OldSchool said...

Thanks.