Last summer at a wedding, I was outside, sweating and out of breath after a long set of great songs by an even better band. Trying to cool off and make conversation at the same time, I complimented a guy on his tie. Just like a middle-eastern Prince, he pulled it off and gave it to me. Not gave so much as loaned. We thought it would be fun if I wore it on the air and then gave it back to him. That was almost a year ago now. I did wear it and it looked great, I just haven't given it back.
Today, I'm wearing someone else's tie, but for a much different reason-- I forgot mine. I helped out at a celebrity server fundraiser at the Texas Roadhouse today to raise money for scholarships for local high schoolers. I've done that for the last few years and always wear jeans and a News 10 shirt and bring along my suit for later. Today, as I was changing I realized I was sans tie. I was wondering what the heck I could do, knowing no one brings an extra tie to work. I tried to think what would Tim Staudt do (WWTD)? Tim has borrowed a suit coat, reading glasses, ties and mostly technical expertise, because he has left his at home. (Editor's note: the technical expertise isn't at home-- he's never owned it.) So, I headed to the sales side of the office where I knew their day was almost over and maybe someone had a tie I could borrow for the night. I ran into Pat first. His tie was something you'd see covering a 1970's davenport. It wouldn't be a problem if I was wearing a black suit and white shirt, but I had on my beige suit and dark blue shirt, which is tough to match. Just as I rounded the corner, Rick turned around revealing a dark tie with dark blue, light blue and silver designs on it. Jackpot. Although the conversation was a tad awkward.
Me: Hey, dude.
Rick: What's up, Jason?
Me: Can I have your tie?
Rick: (looking quizzical)
Me: I forgot mine and I need one for tonight.
Rick: Um, sure.
He took it off so quick I was worried it was a clip-on. It wasn't and it's a perfect match. I told him he'd get it back tomorrow. Which of course means next February.