Bobo Waro Fero Satodeh #socs

Ties: nope, don’t wear ’em anymore. Image by FULVIO_TOGNON from Pixabay

I’m at the stage of my life where people are lucky I get dressed at all. Golf/polo shirt, jeans, underwear (of course), socks and my compression sleeve, and shoes. A jacket or hoodie if it’s cool out or in the house. I have the requisite one suit, which I don’t wear because there’s no reason to. About the only place I’d wear it is in my casket, and I’m going to be cremated, so there’s really no need.

Boy, that got morbid all of a sudden, didn’t it?

We’ve always been casual. The older we get, the more casual we become. Mom, on the other hand, was always dressed nicely. She and Dad went out a lot on Saturday nights, and this was back in the ’60’s, so Dad was in a suit and Mom was in a dress. I’m sure I’d be the same if it were the ’60’s, but it’s a different world. We don’t go out on Saturday nights, anyway. When Mom was getting ready to go out, the house smelled like Joy perfume and Aqua Net hair spray, which is a combo you wouldn’t think would smell that good, but somehow it worked when Mom did it.

Saturday nights in the old neighborhood, when I was in grammar school, weren’t all that exciting. Jackie Gleason and Get Smart were on, then some sort of Movie of the Week. A lot of them were Westerns. We’d have to go to bed after the movie, although that rarely meant I was going to sleep: I’d usually stay up until midnight listening to Art Roberts on WLS. When the weather was nice enough that I could have my window open, I would listen to the band playing a couple of blocks away at the almost-weekly dance that the Teen Club at church would have on Saturday nights. I couldn’t hear much more than the bass and drums. Dad had a cousin that played bass in the band, so I could hear him really clearly.

Now we spend Saturday nights watching Columbo reruns. We’ve seen all of them so many times, all we have to know is who the villain is to know the entire plot and cast is. It’s nowhere near as boring as it sounds.

Okay, sometimes it is…


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36 thoughts on “Bobo Waro Fero Satodeh #socs

  1. My mom was always dressed up and dad was always in a suit, except for house cleaning and yard work. Since I retired, I live in jeans and leggings. I donated all my corporate clothes except for a couple of blazers. Times have changed a lot since then.

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  2. Get Smart was one of the highlights in our house. A nice change from the Westerns my dad watched all the time, though some of them I liked. The older I get, the more I like casual.

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    1. Dad liked the Westerns, too, and the older I get the more I like them and miss them. My current favorite is “The Rifleman,” mostly because of the relationship between the father and son. Kind of like “The Andy Griffith Show,” where the father has to be both mother and father and provide each kind of love and discipline.

      I never cared for the formal or “business” look.

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      1. Relationships are important in a TV show. Dad liked Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and The Virginian. I liked the Virginian’s opening with the horses. Westerns definitely have a nostalgia factor.

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        1. The recent trend of “Dad’s an idiot” comedies is getting really old, really fast. Have you watched “The Unicorn” yet? Dad’s a widower with two daughters, and their relationship is really beautiful.

          “Bonanza” and “Gunsmoke” were incredibly popular in their day. Just about everyone watched them. We never watched “The Virginian”; it was always on opposite something we liked better. Maybe it’ll show up on one of the nostalgia channels or one of the streaming services like Pluto, and I can watch it then. I tend to do that, not watch shows until their network run is finished…

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  3. Yep, mom used to dress up even to do the housework. Still does put on a dress including jewelry just to go to the grocery store. Before our last daughter I used to wear heels to work. Now I work at home so pj’s is sometimes my attire.

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    1. Mom wasn’t quite the sort to dress up to do the housework, but then I figure she had to dress up most of the week for work. I know women would always dress nicely when they were going out in public, even to the grocery store, which seemed kind of excessive (and not terribly practical, what with the dirt on some of the packages).

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  4. I haven’t worn a suit in several years and don’t particularly plan to though I guess it could happen under the right circumstances.

    California was pretty casual when my family lived in San Diego back in the early 60’s, but now it’s become ridiculous. I see people wearing stuff in public that I wouldn’t wear in the privacy of my own home.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  5. My mom always wore dresses even when cleaning with an apron just like June Cleaver. Then my aunt told her why not wear slacks so my mom bout a pair and never looked back. I used to wear heels to work and dress up but that ship has sailed years ago. I do think it’s nice when a person dresses up but one can look good even when one dresses casually. Many people don’t even do that especially when they wear their Pajama’s in public.

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    1. “Casual Friday” wasn’t a thing until the late ’80’s or early ’90’s, and even then you weren’t allowed to wear jeans to the office, remember? For men, it was pretty much the same as saying “you don’t have to wear a jacket or tie, and you can wear tassel loafers instead of Oxfords.”

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  6. I believe we lived in a similar alternate universe. My parents went out a lot on Saturday nights too. And the smell of my mom’s perfume mixed with hair spray is definitely something that would be pleasing. B and I used to go out more often but now we rarely do. As for Colombo reruns that’s not boring that’s comforting. It’s all about spending With the one you love. Our Columbia is Live PD. Terrible show but at least we’re together.

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    1. Especially when I was traveling, I didn’t want to go out on the weekends. I had just been out all week; I didn’t want to be out on the weekend, too. It’s fine with Mary because she’s a homebody. I think I outgrew the need to be out on Saturday night when we moved to Atlanta.

      I’m not familiar with Live PD…

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      1. Live PD is reality TV show where they film police officers in various cities while they’re on their shifts. Mostly I think this can’t be real oh but it is. Or at least a reasonable facsimile of life on the streets. That’s why I say it’s horrible because it’s hard to watch.

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          1. yes very similar but supposedly real time as it happens instead of recorded. I wonder how they get around the waivers but like most reality TV, I am sure this too is staged.

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    1. Retirement is great for dressing however you please.

      By the time I had Schmidt beer, they were part of G. Heileman, who made Chicago’s favorite beer, Heileman’s Old Style. They had a tendency to make everything taste like Old Style when they took over a label…

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  7. Immediately afterwards my mrs took me to a shoe-shop and got me some god-awful blue velcro shoes. Seriously, not when you’re fifty! I ditched them pdq when I found some corkscrew elastic laces, and ever since I have lived in trainers I bought just before the stroke. However I have now discovered Hickies and this summer bought my first pair of “proper” suede brogues since the stroke.

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    1. I like Velcro, myself. My laces were always coming undone and I was always stepping on them. Never made me fall, thank heaven. I looked at the elastic laces, but liked Velcro so well I figured I was just as well off with that. To each his own, though.

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    1. Dressing up has never been high on my list of priorities. Clean, yes, covered, definitely, but if those two are covered I really don’t care about anything else.

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