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Sunday Grading and Lesson Planning Style. . .

 The top half today, including a vintage 'Made in the USA' Land's End genuine Harris Tweed.  Oddly, the shoulders are not as boxy and large as seems to be the case with many of the sports jackets and suit coats sold by LE now.  I purchased this for a few bucks at my favorite thrift/charity shop haunt in our old stomping grounds of Central Illinois late last winter when it was handed to me by another patron much taller that I.  His words were something like, "Here.  This should fit you.  It's a Harris Tweed."  How could I possibly argue with that?

And on the bottom, a pair of suede Allen Edmonds 'Catskill' loafers among other items  My wife, the Grand Duchess, occasionally needles me about these decidedly orange Land's End corduroy jeans, but they're great for the fall and winter.

A long, brilliantly sunny October afternoon avoiding the in-laws, who are in town for the weekend to see the Young Master and the Grand Duchess.  Luckily, I had a ready excuse what with all kinds of paper grading and commenting/suggestions to catch up on as well as planning or the week's classes. It was thus easy to escape to the cafe.  A little coffee and a lot of classic rock along with a smattering of 80s tunes helped keep me on task and able to breeze through everything in about 4.5 hours.  

Funny what caffeine along with Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Janis Joplin, et al will enable you to get accomplished.  Even funnier how all of these late teens and 20-somethings in the cafe around me seemed  for the most part to know the songs and enjoy the music of these artists even though much of it is at least 35 years old.  Somehow, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, and other calculated prefab artistes of our own era ain't quite the same thing.  Know what I mean?  Pharell Williams isn't too bad though.

-- Heinz-Ulrich 


  1. My brother had a pair of burnt-orange cords and got a little needling, but they were gorgeous & perfect for autumn. Unfortunately, my brother was color-blind and this was in the 60's, and he found an orange-plaid suit that he thought was perfectly lovely and wore as much as he could possibly get away with, and always expressed that he couldn't understand how people didn't like it and thought it looked funny--he never cared, he pressed on...

    Re: your post on your neck-tie collection, I thought while reading that there were worse things to collect and you obviously don't break the family bank shopping where you do. Besides, you should some day have it appraised, the collection's worth may surprise you. I have a small vintage (some purchased, some inherited) Hermes silk scarf collection that I wear as breezily as if they were cotton bandanas, and I'm amazed at what they are being sold for on ebay and elsewhere. Plus, someday you may share and/or pass on your collection to the YM if you are so minded, and my blessing to you is that he will love and appreciate them, too.

  2. Good to hear from you, Glenda! Yep, burnt orange is a terrific color. I hope the Young Master might like at least some of my ties when he is older. Assuming men still wear them at all by that point. Let's keep our collective fingers crossed.

    Best Regards,



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