|Stogie All Cleaned Up With Bow Tie|
I have never before worn or tied a real bow tie. When I was a kid, I wore those clip on bow ties to church or other dress-up occasions. However, tying a real one is tricky, at least at first.
I watched a few YouTube videos on the subject, and most of them are worthless. I managed to get through most of it, but the last step is the hard one, and I wound up with a wild glob of green silk bunched under my chin. I looked more mad than dashing. After much swearing and cussing at the infernal, rebellious ribbon, I gave up in disgust. However, my secretary at work watched a YouTube video (the best one is here), and tied a very neat bow tie around a Pringles can. I then had her tie it on me, and she again did a great job (see picture).
Now, after much practice, I can tie my own bow tie and plan to buy several more in different colors and designs (e.g. paisley, stripes, polka-dots).
The tax clients seemed to like the tie and their reactions were friendly, solicitous and cheerful. A bow tie is dress-up, but in a friendly fun-filled way.