Every now and then something so much fun turns up, you smile until your face hurts. In this case, it is an 18-month-old post from a 30-year-old Brooklynite who calls his blog Kaflickastan. Yes, I know, he uses a black background which makes it almost impossible to read, but he made the effort worthwhile for me and not just because he linked to Time Goes By.
The post was a confession of sorts about an experiment Flick conducted with a friend when they were in high school - to dress like old men:
“Not the typical teenager's act of rebellion, but the style of the American Old Man is not without its merits:
- An old man's first priority is comfort, as it should be for everyone.
- An old man doesn't give a rat's patoot what you think about his clothes. There's a lot of honor in that.
- Old men wear Member's Only jackets. Member's Only jackets are proof that God loves men and wants them to be happy."
Ya gotta respect this guy. He learned at age 15 or 16 what took me decades to figure out. And even though the experiment was short-lived, he obviously had some sentimentality for it:
“I remember getting a cardigan and even some plaid pants, but both remained largely un-worn. One thing we DID wear were old-man chic fishing hats we bought at Christmas Tree Shop (holla!).
“I wore mine with the brim flipped up in the back and down in the front, which I still think is the money way to wear a fishing hat...
“I kept my cardigan until the moth holes got to be too much to take. Other than that, the other mementos of my days of being a wannabe retiree were thrown away soon after high school.”
There’s plenty of time for Flick to dress like an old man again in about 30 or 40 years. Meanwhile, let’s give the kid a round of applause for his appreciation. Any thoughts on what fashions teenage girls might adopt from their elders?
[At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Jessie Landis writes of the strange occurrence that helps her overcome a common elder loss in An Old Woman's Peculiar Pleasure.]