How social occasions used to be done and still are in a few instances (I've been to a few over the years). People actually dressed and actually conversing. Not an iPhone, blaring large screen TV, backwards baseball cap, or bellybutton ring in sight.
Drinks before sitting down to Easter Dinner anyone? And did you know? A small, candy-coated Cadbury chocolate Easter egg goes very well with that first mug of coffee on a Sunday morning. Imagine that! -- Heinz-Ulrich
This is how it's done. Business Casual the RIGHT way, ladies and gentlemen. Even during the summer months. A photograph (taken by Studio B Portraits) which appeared in 425 Business Magazine in May 2017.
This post on the problem of business casual dress began as a quick postscript to a previous blog entry last week but quickly grew and grew as additional thoughts occurred, were developed in more detail, and revisions made. So much so, that it seemed, eventually, like a better idea to make the initial P.S. afterthought into its own entry. Are ya ready, Freddy? Then, here we go. . . ------------
The childhood home of singer Taylor Swift outside Reading, Pennsylvania (very near my old stomping grounds). If memory serves, Ms. Swift took quite a bit of flack several years back, in the early flush of success, when it became more generally known that she came from a relatively comfortable background. Oh, how dare she!
Caricatures. Stereotypes. Formulaic cliches. How many times have we seen the well off portrayed as superficial jerks in popular entertainment?
When you meet someone new for the first time, establish eye contact, shake hands firmly, and exchange correct verbal salutations. A somewhat shorter post today. I'm simply worn out after yesterday's marathon writing, proofreading, and editing sessions. Almost 11am here, and so time for the first scotch and water of the day I think. . . Joking, joking! Only joking. We wait until at least Noon on Sundays here at Stollen Central before the process of knocking 'em back starts in earnest. In the meantime, let's briefly talk about introductions, thank-yous, and excuse mes, three areas of social interaction and exchange that too many average guys (and people in general) get wrong in the 21st century.
Where introductions are concerned, the correct thing to say when you meet someone for the first time, and hopefully shake his or her hand firmly is, "How do you do?" Please, please, please do not use the ubiquitous "Nice to meet you" or the even more drea…