So I need a new suit for the Boat. Three formal nights, so while it should be a tux, I sure don't have the need for a tux that I once did. (I had one once, and it came out ALL THE TIME, because if you have a tux, you might as well wear it.) But then I got heavier with age, the tux no longer fit, and no more tux. And also, there's no more real call for it anymore -- no annual formal dinners, no grand romantic gestures, whatever.
But the Boat. I can get away with a dark suit. I could really get away with a black suit. I could use a black suit for after, which justifies the expense.
I need a new work suit as well. It's coming, anyway.
Went shopping yesterday, on a very preliminary basis. Sears and the Bay. I've done Sears before, and had good results. I mean, nothing spectacular, but good, serviceable suits for work. Only this time, they only had all-wool.
All-wool is what one should go for in a suit, of course, but they just dont' last long for me as a day-in-day-out work suit. The rub count (or whatever you call it) is much too low. With daily use, and four walks a day to and from work, I wear them out in only a few months. The crotch is gone in no time. Thus, I have had much better luck going with the lesser suits of poly vicose whatever. The rub count is much, much higher, and I can wear the suit pretty much until I get tired of it. A full year's use, easy.
So everything yesterday was all-wool, and not really what I wanted. But that the Bay, there was a pretty fab Ralph Lauren number for four hundred -- not a bad price, but still a chunk of change. And it looked great. But it was all-wool, and that's not what I'm after.
Mom is now pushing for me to get the Ralph Lauren, as a 'special occasion suit', for weddings and dinners and whatever. And while I could do that (although the number of weddings is decreasing, even second ones), I'm wondering about how much use I really would get.
My regular work suit would be replaced by a sports jacket and chinos for summer (which I could get away with), and then a regular suit in the fall.
Possible, but this is all becoming a much more expensive proposition than I would like. This Boat is costing me a LOT. I still need to do soffitt and fascia on the house this summer -- and that money has to come from somewhere, too. The well is quickly going dry.
Things to think about. I'm really wondering, though, how much of this push of Mom's is for me to be at the proper stature on the Boat's formal nights, as a foil to her, rather than my own needs.
Terrible thought, I know, but the pressure always comes in very subtle ways.
Things to think about.