Saturday, June 18, 2011

Seersucker in Seattle - GTH Pants?

For God's sake, when does it end? It broke 70° F here yesterday, so in a rapturous moment of summertime cheer, I busted out my Jos. Bank blue seersucker pants. I snuck these new babies into my closet, right under the nose of the Mrs. I found that when I procure new garb, if I can sneak the package off the front porch, get it out of the plastic bag and into my closet undetected, I'm home free. Well, not this time.
"When did you get those?" she asks wryly.
"Oh, I've had them a while. They've just been in the back of the closet." I reply.

"First with those red pants, now with the stripes? Can you say 'mid-life crisis?'"
"No!  I can't say 'mid-life crisis' and I won't, I won't, I won't."
An LA stomach with an Oakland badonkadonk

The rumpled writer in repose

I have to admit, I do, at times, resent living in a region where seersucker pants and jackets are as uncommon as the Oregon Spotted Owl, but come on, why should the South and Eastern Seaboard have all the fun?  And as far as the West Coast goes, California probably encourages seersucker to be worn to their famous garden and poolside parties. So WTF Pugetropolis?

That's OK, I'm wearing them anyway, but I probably will wait until the temperature hits the upper 70's/low 80's, when Cascadians are whining about how oppressively hot it is.  I will wear them when my fellow citizens are so tired and rundown from the heat that they can't muster a smirk or laugh. And if they do manage a chiding laugh, I will respond with a laugh and remember what that favorite of all seersucker-wearing icons - Mark Twain - said. 
 Against the assault of Laughter nothing can stand. - Mark Twain

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society. - Mark Twain 


  1. There may be a few others of similar ilk in the nw. In my closet are reds from O'connell's, lime green, bright yellow, madras and bright red with critters cotton pants; although I admit I rarely wear them even in the summer here in Portland. I do take all of them and wear them in our periodic trips to Chatham on Cape Cod. And both my daughter (who calls them nantucket pinks) and my wife, now quite so vociferously, reflect your wife's views as well.

    Randy Ventgen
    Portland Oregon

  2. Very nice.

    'Respek' for posting pics of your arse. I couldn't (wouldn't) do it...!

    For what it's worth, I'm seeing a lot more seersucker and Nantucket Reds in SoCal than I saw, say, 10 years ago.

    In Cascadia there's nowhere to go but up, thanks to prep-pioneers such as yourself.

  3. Randy,

    I appreciate your comments and in letting me know we are I-5 and sartorially linked. My daughter (7 yrs. old) loves my reds, but my wife struggles with them and the seersucker. We should get them together for some peer-group therapy.