Nooses and Neckties

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You know, I hate to wear ties!  I recall those days when we wore long sleeve white shirts, dress pants and neckties to the office every, single, stinkin’ day!!!!  Oh, I hated it!  I remember when the company “generously” relaxed the dress code to allow “casual Friday.”  After that, we didn’t have to wear ties on Friday’s unless we were meeting with a client.  It was great.  But it was even better when work clothing became just plain “casual”.  I think we were much more productive, but I don’t know if there are statistics on that or not.

Why did I hate neckties so much?  Well, for one thing, they are totally non-functional.  It seems to me that they’re just an attempt at being like a peacock…like you’re strutting around trying to impress the females.  Another reason I hate them is that they feel somewhat like a noose.  Or at least what I think a noose might feel like if I had one around my neck.

I don’t have a picture of a tie, but I shot this picture of women’s necklaces about a week and a half ago.  I find it interesting that women wear necklaces so much.  I don’t mind it, and in fact, a pretty necklace can enhance a woman’s looks.  But I can’t help but wonder if women really like to wear necklaces, or if they wear them because it’s somewhat expected.  Perhaps some of the lady readers of this post can weigh in and let my inquiring mind know.

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1961, the second so-called “Apache trial” began for rock-and-roller Chuck Berry. Although his earlier conviction for transporting a minor across state lines for immoral purposes in violation of the Mann Act was thrown out on appeal, the prosecution decided to retry Berry.

Chuck Berry was one of the biggest pop stars of the late 1950s when he began to have legal problems. While charges in yet another Mann Act violation were pending (which were dismissed in 1960), Berry met Janice Escalante, a Native American with roots in the Apache tribe, in a bar near El Paso, Texas. According to Berry, who took the young woman on the road with his traveling rock show, Escalante claimed to be 21 years old. After there was a falling out between the two, Escalante complained about Berry to the authorities.

During his second trial, Berry was convicted and sentenced to three years in prison. After a short stretch in Leavenworth Federal Prison, he was transferred to a Missouri jail, where he spent his time studying accounting and writing songs. Among the songs he wrote before his release from prison in October 1963 were “No Particular Place to Go” and “You Never Can Tell,” later memorialized in the film Pulp Fiction.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY:  Hours before the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004, people reported seeing elephants and flamingos heading for higher ground. Dogs and zoo animals refused to leave their shelters. After the tsunami, very few dead animals were found.


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