Game On — The Drab Fashionista

When Rory, over at A Guy Called Bloke, rolled out his latest “Game On” questions about fashion, I wasn’t going to play because I may be one of the least fashion-conscious men you could ever meet. But then I figured why not? So here are my “drab-fashionista” responses.

Q1] How important is color in your life?

Back in my hippie days, when I wore flowered and tie-died shirts, Day-Glo ties, and bell-bottom jeans, colorful clothes were very important to me.0AE29F47-B914-4F4D-888B-D403362B061CToday, I wear mostly blues, browns, and grays. My favorite color is drab.

Q2] What is most favorite color to wear?

 Blue, as in blue jeans.

Q3] Is there a color that you wear that brings the best out in you and in others – in so far as compliments?

Seriously? No one ever compliments me on my clothes, either color or style.

Q4] Are you a person who likes to overdress for the day or are you a follower of the credo, less is more?

If I could get away with it, I’d be a nudist. That’s how much I believe in “less is more.”

PQ5] What are five of your best items of clothing that you simply couldn’t be without? [and l don’t mean underwear/socks]

My dark blue jeans, my light blue jeans, my blue chambray work shirts, my sneakers, and my sweatshirts and sweatpants.

Q6] Do you dress for the season, as in color wise, or just throw on whatever is warm and practical?

I live in San Francisco, where the daytime temperatures rarely reach 80 during the summer or drip below the mid-50s in the winter. So my “wardrobe,” such that it is, is pretty much the same all year long.57CB8E5E-FA4F-4F28-930D-00E815A75E86

PQ7] If you were going for an evening out and the dress code was ‘smart casual’ what is your ideal outfit and why?

I’d probably decline to attend. But if I had to go, I’d probably put on a sport shirt and khakis.

Q8] If you were having to attend an important meeting or appointment and the dress code was smart – what would your outfit be then?

The good news for me is that I’m retired, so I never have to attend important — or even unimportant — meetings.

Q9] How many pairs of shoes do you own, and what is the breakdown [as in casual, smart, evening, leisure]

A pair of sneakers, a pair of black dress shoes that I haven’t put on in three years, a pair of comfy slippers, and a pair of over-the-shoes rain boots. That’s it.

Q10] Do you have classic clothing, or classic items in your wardrobe that you have had for years and never go out of fashion if so name three?

Because my wardrobe is so limited, the items I wear usually wear out before they can be declared to be “classic.”

Q11] Are you into plain colors, wild colors, or outlandish designs, or a mixture, and which do you favor more?

See my answer to Q1.

PQ12] Do you have a favorite quote with regards fashion or design – if so what is it?

Comfort trumps style. (Please excuse me for using the word “trump” in my response. I was hoping to keep this apolitical.)

Q13]  Knee high socks, ankle socks, shin socks or no socks?

White sweat — or crew — socks.

Q14] Can you see the connection between color and music and, if so, does it influence your dress code for the day in any way?

Music doesn’t influence the style or color of the clothes I wear nor do the color or style of the clothing I wear influence the music I listen to.

PQ15] If you are going out somewhere special and want to listen to some music to put you in the mood whilst getting dressed up, what do you listen to? [Provide link please]

Classic rock. Take your pick.

Q16] How often do you buy new clothing for the season or the year?

Whenever my existing clothing gets holes in them. Nothing seasonal about it.

Q17] Remember tie-dye from tthe 70s? Was it a thing you followed, bought into, or worse, how do you feel about it now?

Again, see my answer to Q1.

Q18] What is the brightest colored item of clothing you have in your wardrobes/drawers?

A pink dress shirt that I haven’t worn in three years.

Q19] What is the most expensive item of clothing that you have in your wardobe? How often do you actually wear it?

Probably a blue, pinstriped suit for work that I bought maybe five years ago and haven’t put on since I retired three years ago. Anyone interest in buying a 42-long men’s suit?

PQ20] Are you deleting any questions, if so which ones?

Nope.

Q21] Is being ‘fashionable’ important to you, or is being comfortably attired more so?

As I said earlier, comfort always trumps fashion.

So, there you have it. When it comes to clothing, I am the personification of dressing down and the devotee of drab. I told you so.

Let’s Make a Deal

9EF0FA57-2B5D-411E-A963-CA8FCDDAC5DDThey were already feeling hot and damp from the rapidly approach summer storm coming in from the north. “It’s going to be a rainy day today, I’m afraid,” Charlotte said.

“Damn, I guess we’ll have to cancel our plans,” Craig said. “I was really looking forward to going on a picnic with Frank and his wife.”

“Yeah, especially with his wife,” Charlotte mocked. “You know, I really love Frank’s beard. It makes him look so rugged, so manly. Too bad, Craig, that you’re not man enough to grow a nice beard,” she said with a wink.

“Don’t you like my baby face, woman?” Craig asked. “Come feel it. It’s as smooth as a baby’s butt. And,” he added, “I can grow a beard if I want to. I just don’t want to.”

“Oh come on, Craig,” Charlotte said. “I would love for you to grow a beard.”

“I just don’t think my face is suitable for a beard, Charlotte,” Craig said.

“Well then, maybe Frank can let me sample what it feels like, since you refuse to pacify my curiosity,” Charlotte said. “I’ve never kissed a man with a beard.”

“Let’s make a deal,” Craig said. “Next time we go out with Frank and Anita, we can do switchies. You can fool around with Frank and I’ll play with Anita. Frank tells me that she’s clean shaven down there. That way we can both, um, pacify our curiosities.”

Charlotte smiled. “Okay,” she said, “You’ve made your point. I’ll shave mine if you don’t shave yours.”

Craig laughed. “Deal!” he said.


Written for these one-word prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (damp), Scotts Daily Prompt (north), Your Daily Word Prompt (rainy), Daily Addictions (mock), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (beard), and Word of the Day Challenge (pacify).

Friday Fictioneers

img_2667There were rumors going around that the old building, the one with virtually no widows and thick, stone walls, was being used to house political dissidents. Some claimed to possess definite evidence that detainees were being subjected to “enhanced interrogation techniques” (e.g., waterboarding).

The military vehemently denied that there was anything untoward going on within the walls of that building, claiming that it merely served as a munitions depot. Suggestions to the contrary were labeled “fake news.” But the government declined to permit any civilians, including members of the press, access to the building.

Until the day the revolution began.

(99 words)


Written for Friday Fictioneers from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Photo credit: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

Petticoats and Junctions

My wife and I were walking our dog in the park yesterday and we passed a woman wearing a skirt that flared out from her waist down to just below her knees. “That’s weird,” I said to my wife. “How does she get her skirt to stand out like that?”

“She probably has a petticoat on underneath her skirt,” my wife said.

“What’s a petticoat?” I asked, at which point my wife explained that a petticoat is a slip-like undergarment that women used to wear under their skirts to give them shape and fluff.

And then I had a flashback to the 1950s when I was a very young lad with two older sisters, one of whom used to dress like this for school.6A4A4AE0-54F4-4072-8CE0-72FF7283CA35 Yes, she would often wear a cashmere sweater or a cotton blouse, a poodle skirt, along with bobby socks and saddle shoes. And, in order for her poodle skirt to have just the right amount of flare, she no doubt wore a petticoat beneath her poodle skirt. Yikes!

Junction Function

On an entirely different topic, the city in which I live is installing a number of small traffic circles — or as we used to call them in the northeast, “roundabouts” — at a handful of smaller intersections in our area.7612AA75-73AE-41BA-8B50-A2B94BE90F21I’m not sure there’s a pressing need for these traffic circles, but that isn’t stopping my city tax dollars from funding them. The real problem with these traffic circles, however, is that they are a rarity in Northern California and no one has bothered to explain to the locals how traffic circles are supposed to work.

If you’re from back east — or anywhere where traffic circles are common — then you know the rules. When entering a traffic circle, you’re supposed to yield the right of way to vehicles that are already in the traffic circle. But California drivers don’t know that rule. Sadly, that puts the lives of those of us who do know that rule at serious risk.

So, my friends, if you’re driving in California and you happen upon a traffic circle, stop your car, turn around, and go back the way you came. Otherwise, you’re bound to get broadsided by a California driver who considers a traffic circle to be a bumper car ride.

FOWC with Fandango — Beard

FOWCWelcome to October 12, 2018 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “beard.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.