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30+ Day Challenge, day one

Day 1: Introduce yourself with a picture and 15 facts.

Hey, ya’ll.  This is Tony.

But you all know that already. You also can see a picture of me to your left that you can’t scroll away from, if you tried.  Not because it’s so captivating.  It’s just the way the side bar works in this WordPress theme.

A lot of you have already seen tons of pictures of me1 all over my old blog2 and old web site3.

So, I figured I’d post a picture of me in a way that you are not likely to see very often.

In a suit.

Several of you said you’d like to see me dressed for my New Year’s Eve.  So, before meeting The Attorney for our dinner date, my friend RJ and I went to downtown Knoxville for a few shots.  I put one picture in the “Without A Hitch” post.  But I didn’t point out what the link was.  But to see today’s picture, CLICK HERE.

And 15 facts?

If you’ve been reading very long, you already know way more than 15 facts about me.  So here’s 15 facts about this picture.

  1. It’s hard to tell from the picture but the suit fabric is what they call Glen Plaid.
  2. I’m leaning on a flag pole outside the Knox County Courthouse, with the gates of Federal Courthouse behind me.
  3. It was one of the warmest days we have had in weeks.  It was in the 60’s on New Year’s Eve.  About a week earlier, we got the first white Christmas in East Tennessee since they started keeping records in the 1840’s.
  4. My pants got wrinkled after falling off the hanger and laying in a ball on the floor of my truck on the drive down to Knoxville.  I didn’t realize until it was too late.
  5. At the rate it’s going, it looks like my beard will probably be fully gray by this time next year.
  6. I am wearing nine different articles of clothing.  I’d just as soon as wear none.
  7. Three of those articles were given to me.
  8. The Attorney says that I need to get a dress belt.  He’s right.
  9. We were being circled by skateboarders while taking the picture.  They would not pause, so RJ shot between them.
  10. This was taken a spot The Attorney passes by almost daily during work.
  11. I had to pee very badly.  Nothing but office buildings for a few blocks either direction.  I held it until I got to the restaurant.
  12. The Attorney said I did a good job with my tie4, but also that the dimple was not quite right.
  13. I hate smiling in pictures because I have really large teeth and a bit of an overbite.
  14. This is one of the few pictures of myself I really like.
  15. I think I’m going to frame a 5 x7 for The Attorney.

First challenge down.

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  1. a few years younger, but no less big-eared []
  2. closed in 2008 []
  3. not updated since 2007 []
  4. RJ tied it []
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  1. I bet you felt like a fish out of water but I’ll tell ya something. You look perfectly at ease in the suit, almost as if you wear one every day.

    PS. I hate suits too. I had to wear’em for 10 years. I work in t-shirts and jeans now and Love it!

  2. Daryl Daryl

    Tony you look great!!!

  3. Mazel Tov on the first post of the challenge.

    Looking forward to more 🙂

  4. DanNation DanNation

    Strange – I can’t see the photo. Must be because I am on my iPad. Well, I am sure you look hot and handsome!

  5. Please excuse my French, but WOW, you are fucking HOT! I had visited parts of your old blog and seen some pics, but not the stuff on the website… Now I definitely need a cold shower. 🙂 The pic in the suit is great too.

  6. I like this post’s concept, 15 facts during the photo. Nice picture.

  7. All of THAT going on in one little, teeny tiny, simple, easy picture? Wow. Pictures are, indeed, worth a 1,000 words!

  8. brian brian

    Your control and restaint amaze me! You actually waited until you arrived at the restaurant?
    Those courthouses and office buildings would have had to show me something.
    The warmth of the weather shows in the photo.

  9. Sue Sue

    You look older and wiser Tony. The suit suits you!

  10. Great post and pic. It is great when you find a pic of yourself that you are happy with. I am sure the attorney will enjoy it as much as your readers.

  11. California Alex California Alex

    Post a pick of the Attorney with his face blurred out, please.

  12. adkcub adkcub

    Yep, you clean up very nicely. Very handsome.

  13. I will have to try this once I get my main PC back up and going. 🙂

  14. john john

    Nice!! I’m going to frame it for ME. Thanks for sharing.

  15. “I think I’m going to frame a 5 x7 for The Attorney.”
    Which one?

  16. Mark Mark

    I love the pic……. even in a suit, the natural Tony shines through….

  17. John John

    I hate to say this, but this suit simply does not suit you! I mean, the fabric looks nice, but the cut is simply too roomy and the sleeves too short. Look at that wide gap around your neck. Inexcusable! :-)) This is easy to explain if the suit was ready-made: your arms are too long and you had to buy a size that was a compromise between the sleeves being too short and the torso being too baggy. If it was bespoke, on the other hand, I’d choose a different tailor next time! Optimal sleeve length is such that shows 3/4 of the cuffs when elbows are bent, e.g. when eating at the table. The fabric looks nice, as I said, and seems to drape well, but why does it wrinkle so easily? Wrinkle is a linen thing, not a wool thing. Given your build, I think double-breasted would look better. Double-breasted is not always too formal, a blazer can look quite elegant and also informal before 5 PM. As for the tie, a point to keep in mind is that a tie _does not have_ to have a dimple. All together now, Yanks: the dimple is optional! If you want to play with knot volume, you can always experiment with different knots (some are bulkier than others) always keeping the shape of the shirt collar in mind. And I don’t really care for regimental stripes. Unless, that is, one was in a regiment, or a school, and wears said regiment’s (or school’s) stripes. Simple patterns work best, with one of the colors playing on the colors in the suit and another giving contrast. Also, try to go for woven silk for more formal occasions, and for prints in less formal ones. The Attorney is right about the belt, and I sencerely hope it matches your shoes. Mixed leather is the worst faux-pas one can make. Finally, let me add a slightly provocative note: quit playing the “I can dress like a lawyer” game. You can. Anyone can. If you dated a doctor, would you try scrubs? Sure, the Attorney dresses smart, but the Prince of Wales dresses even smarter. So what?

  18. sfjohn sfjohn

    Hey Tony,
    Whether the suit fits perfectly or not you look very handsome! And the bit of grey in your go-tee is hot. You clean up real good 🙂

  19. John (not SFJohn) above: you may have missed a post recently where Tony mentioned this was a suit that was the Attorney’s, which they had altered to fit him. In such a case, it’s unlikely to come out perfect. I don’t mean to cast aspersions of any sort on Tony’s line of work, but he’s unlikely to need a “bespoke” suit any time in the near future, and to have a suit handmade for the one or two occasions a year on which he might need one would be a waste of resources. Stop being such a nitpicking perfectionist.

    And finally – if you think he was “playing the I can dress like a lawyer” game, then you missed the point entirely: he was going to dinner in a restaurant where coat and tie were called for, not playing dress-up.

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