As I said to my wife when we were looking over our photographs post-supper last night, "Ignore the ass in the jacket!"
Yesterday, my wife, The Grand Duchess, and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary. I gave her with a pair of Italian sterling silver earrings, cycling tights along with a high resolution yellow cycling jacket, and an all too rare dinner out on the town sans child, something we have not done by ourselves in almost a year. Our son the Young Master is only borderline ASD, but he can be difficult to handle at times when the routine is interrupted. God bless Mrs. P., his para-professional from school, who came over for a few hours to keep him occupied and prepare him for bedtime.
Anyway, we tried a local eatery -- The River House Inn -- and enjoyed ourselves immensely. The weather was cool for late June with low humidity and a light breeze, so we were able to have our wine, meal, and dessert along the shady banks o the Red Cedar River. The food was good, but it really is the setting that makes this restaurant special. Leafy, green, and fairly quiet last night.
To celebrate our milestone in style (something that is open to debate depending on how you feel about busy plaids), I gave that vintage Corbin Madras jacket it's first wearing along with a pair of khaki dress chinos and plain Allen Edmonds brown loafers. The jacket was very cool and airy, which I hoped for given it's mostly unlined structure. If you don't mind people turning to stare, which they will since Madras jackets are not exactly common, I heartily recommend them for guys who want to kick up their warm weather style a few notches beyond the ubiquitous cargo shorts and flip-flops. Ugh!
Best of all, my jacket got the spousal stamp of approval. To my great surprise, my wife heartily approved of it, something I did not expect. I figured that she would nicely tell me NOT to wear the jacket when I accompany her somewhere and send me back upstairs to put on something else. However, The Grand Duchess, to her credit, apparently liked it and said as much a few times during the evening. Or maybe she was simply being polite? In any case, we had a delightful evening out together and have decided to do it again in a few weeks when Mrs. P. is available once more.