It’s called style Sybil, you wouldn’t understand!

O.K., I’m an old guy, born before WWII but I refuse to dress like Albert Steptoe (that proves my age).  I own five suits if I include my evening dress, quite a number of designer jackets and even more trousers.  My long suffering Pollyanna, the serene beautiful one, once informed me that she had counted over 50 shirts.  Tyrwhitt, Ralph Lauren, Lacoste and Thomas Pink my favoured brands.  I ask you what sort of wife counts her husband’s shirts?

I now have to keep moving my selection of Barkers, Loakes and Church’s shoes around my shoe rack so that she can’t count them.  When I responded to a conversation between my wife and daughter about my extravagant wardrobe by telling then it was my only vice they both shouted, “NO IT ISN’T” so I left the room – Women!

My son and grandson understand me perfectly and in fact often gain the odd designer shirt when I need room in the wardrobe before Pollyanna discovers a new addition.  Anyway that sets the scene . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

I watch the occasional American reality show on TV like Storage Wars and Storage Wars Texas and have admired some of the brightly coloured shoes being worn by a couple of the stars.  I looked on the Internet and found these shoes were trainers designed for skateboarders, called Vans Off The Wall and they have become a fashion item.  O.K. not for septuagenarians but the guys I saw on TV must be getting that way.

I own a few pairs of designer shorts (naturally) and I thought a pair of colourful Vans would go well with them, so I sent off for a pair in bright red – awesome – so a week later I sent off for another pair in black and white checkers design.  Wow! I love them.


The verdict from the critics Daughter hmm! Pollyanna hmm! – Grandson cool! – Granddaughter GRANDDAD!

Me – “Do not go into that good night. Old age should burn and rave at close of day.”

About Jake

Long retired travel writer, author and freelance journalist. Educated at Wolverton Grammar and Greenwich Naval College. Happily married since 1958, with a married son and daughter, a married granddaughter and an adult grandson. Hobbies rock-climbing, dinghy racing and ocean racing. Still regularly working out in the gym.
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