Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Old Man: The Curriculum

I have a presentation today in my grammar class about split infinitives. I though I'd take the opportunity to dress like this: full of curriculum details and aspirational goodness.


BB OCBD and sack blazer
Resilio A&S tie
White Irish linen ps


I would be remiss if I didn't mention that before putting this on I smoked a pipe and shaved with a straight razor.

Conor

Monday, March 30, 2009

Old Man: Writing Essays

As I've mentioned before, I am an English major. Because of this fact, I write my fair share of essays. Many people my age hate this (usually) bi-semstrial (neologism) tradition, but I really don't mind it. Especially if it is on something that I get to have at least some sort of say in. Sometimes it can get a little much though. Take now for example. I have five essays due in a two week span of April. Never mind that this two weeks is followed up nicely by exam week (and I have all five of those too, last semester I had two), but the sheer volume of things I'll be writing over the next month or so is intimidating. I just finished a paper on Carlos Bulosan's novel America is in the Heart and the genre of personal history, next I'll be writing a paper about adolescent growth and development through observations at local schools, then a paper on some literary theory topic (not sure yet), then a paper on whether or not it is correct to split infinitives, and finally a paper on the influence of Walt Whitman on Allen Ginsberg, as seen through "A Supermarket in California" ("lonely old grubber" and all that).

So don't expect too much from me for a while. I'll try and do my best but don't be surprised if that isn't much and if what does come out is tinged by such madness as these subjects.

Conor

Friday, March 27, 2009

Old Man: Thrift Store Shopping, Pt. 2

Philosophical Friday hopefully will come later, but I just got back from the thrift shop with a great set of scores.



L to R: Harbor Mist raincoat (not sure about the brand, but made in the USA and feels sturdy)
No-name gray wool slacks
And the best, Corbin khaki poplin sack suit

I've been looking for all of these things for a very long time.

Some too-bad near misses were two pairs of Bill's seersucker shorts that were two sizes too big.

When it rains, it pours.

Conor

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Old Man: Woody Guthrie



A while ago, I did a post about some of my more "out-there" musical interests. Most of these have American folk music as their background or base. It is no accident that I like these bands, because I have a great love of traditional American folk music (TAFM from here on out). It started with Bob Dylan, who is admittedly not a great example of TAFM, except for some of his earlier stuff, but he did lead me to some great older examples of TAFM (don't get me wrong, I still love Bob Dylan).

One example is Woody Guthrie. I think his music and his musical legacy (hundreds of songs written!). Here are some pictures to tell another side of his story.










Maybe my favorite of the bunch.



Another contender for favorite: the look on his face is pure joy at being able to play his favorite music.








"This song was written in New York City
Of rich man, preacher, and slave
If Jesus was to preach what He preached in Galilee,
They would lay poor Jesus in His grave."

Conor

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Old Man: Giving Credit where Credit is Due

I've noticed that over the past week or so my readership has almost doubled. Hell, today I didn't do anything and still got more hits than what I used to on a good day. I haven't been doing anything different, so I know it isn't me.

I have concluded that it is due to Giuseppe's shout out to me recently. So thanks a bunch Giuseppe. I appreciate it. I'll try and live up to it.

Conor

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Young Man: Being Aspirational

My favorite message board is taking some flak at another message board for being too "aspirational." Yours truly was quoted in particular about my affinity for pipes and straight razors. First let me say, that I absolutely, sure as hell am aspirational. I dressed like crap for 19 years of my life, and then I started aspiring to dress better. I was (am) drawn to the trad/ivy/tnsil/whatever the hell style, and so here I am, blogging and posting about clothes. It is no doubt aspirational and who the hell cares? More on point, what is wrong with aspiring to look better than crap? If no-one on the internet trad train was aspirational, there wouldn't be anyone here to write or read. Everyone aspires to look a certain way, whether that way is crap or ivy or trad or hipster or continental or mod. There just happens to be enough crazy bastards who care about this style and want or aspire to dress this way that we can have a community or (of) disunity.

I am sure this is not how they meant when they used the term "aspirational." But since Mr. RS is so fond of applying the term "construct" to trad or the curriculum, he should know that language is also a construct, and so who the hell can say what aspirational means?

Personally I don't give a shit what they meant by it, and I'm sure they return the favor.

Conor

Monday, March 23, 2009

Young Man: Self Promotion

Patrick just wrote the inaugural post of the blog over at The Curriculum. It is a great piece on tattersalls, a pattern I happen to enjoy quite a bit.

Oh ya and there's a picture of my goofy mug in it.

Check it out.

Young Man: Sunglasses

I got some new sunglasses today. They were desperately needed, especially since warm weather is here to stay. I haven't had sunglasses since I lost my Oakleys at my parents house a few years ago.

A buddy at work also works at a sunglasses place, so I got a pretty good deal on some tortoiseshell Rayban Wayfarers. I really like them, and look forward to wearing them pretty much constantly now that my corneas will know what protection feels like again.

I'll put some pictures up later tonight.

Conor

Friday, March 20, 2009

Philosophical Friday

This Friday I'll be talking about keywords. I am a little obsessed with my Stat Counter page, and I really enjoy seeing where people come from and all that stuff. The keyword analysis page is very weird though, since most people who would want to read this blog get here from somewhere else (mostly other blogs). So the way people get to a blog called "Young Man/Old Man" through search engines can be kooky and quite frankly, disturbing.

I've gotten a few hits from this search: "growing a handlebar mustache western" That's OK with me, since I like mustaches and its cool if someone wants to grow a handlebar.

I've also gotten a few "working at a pizzeria" searches. That's fine too.

And then this one: "is it OK for a young man to love an old man?" ehh...If that's what you want to search for that's fine and your prerogative, but this isn't that kind of blog.


And by the way, the experiment was a raving success. The hits were astronomical (although I will attribute half of them to Giuseppe's shout out yesterday) and only four people replied. That's exactly what I expected. Thanks to those who replied. I really am quite interested in knowing where people come here from.

Conor

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Who the Hell Are You?

In the relatively few comments that pop up here , I sometimes see user names that I do not recognize. I guess I figured the only people who would read this would be people from The Curriculum or AAAT, with fairly recognizable user names. But I do acknowledge that many people change up user names (like me, apparently). Also, I suppose that this blog has gotten a little bigger than I first expected (but not big, definitely a good thing).

So anyways, if you are reading this, who are you? Where did you find this blog? I am very interested in this; there is only so much a stat sheet can tell you.

This i also meant to be somewhat of a twofold experiment: the title is provocative enough so that I'm figuring people will click if they see it in HTJ's blog feed, but I'm guessing that most people won't reply, much like this post. Stay tuned and I'll let you all know the results (this is deplorable science, what with me letting the subjects know the terms of the experiment and all, and pretty awful blogging, what with me performing experiments on you and all).

Conor

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Young Man: Take Away Shows

This post on ACL reminded me about Take Away Shows. I'm not really sure about the origins of these or really anything about them except they are awesome, impromptu shows with some great bands.

Some of my favorites:

Okkervil River
Arcade Fire
Andrew Bird
Sufjan Stevens
David Bazan
Jose Gonzalez
Beirut (really awesome)
Castanets
Bon Iver
Fleet Foxes

Seriously, check 'em out. I'm sure you'll find something you like if you like good music.

Conor

Old Man: Thrift Store Shopping

I was originally going to include a picture of all the things I've found at thrift stores over the last 6-7 months, but I figured it would be way more work than I feel like doing now. I think it's sufficient to say that I have gotten a crap-load of stuff from three different thrift stores around my area (jackets, ties, pants, shorts, and lots and lots of shirts). One thing I've never found is a good pair of shoes. I am very jealous when I see guys find great shoes at a thrift store.

This is my latest and greatest thrift-store find. A pair of BB green seersucker shorts:



Check out Giuseppe's blog "An Affordable Wardrobe" for some great discussions of thrift shopping. He usually manages to find some great stuff up there.

Also, take a look at Patrick's blog for more crazy finds. Patrick Sullivan. Also check out his old blog "Coiled Pleasures," which thankfully still has its archive up, to see even more great finds.

This thread over at The Curriculum has tons of great finds.

Head to your local thrift store and see what they have. You never know what you'll find.

Conor

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Old Man: Honoring My Heritage, Pt. 2

Don't worry, no sentimentalism in this post. Just the promised pictures.






Woven in Donegal.




J Press sack: Donegal tweed. The inside tag says it was sold in 1981.
Hanna Hats Donegal tweed cap.
Gitman OCBD
Vintage Briar tie
Barbara Blank ps
Orvis Irish patch cardigan




This jacket is my favorite by far that I own. I haven't worn it outside of my apartment, because the sleeves are a good inch too long and I haven't gotten them shortened yet. But I like to wear it around the house and think of Ireland.

Conor

Monday, March 16, 2009

Old Man: Honoring My Heritage

Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day. I am 3/4 Irish, and the two weeks I spent there were some of the best of my life. I am going to honor the day with a quiet celebration. I am not a drinker (though not by my choice), so I won't be going around to the bars . I will be smoking some Peterson Irish Flake from a Peterson pipe, both made in Ireland. I'll be wearing a Hanna Hats cap made from Donegal tweed, bought in Ireland, a J. Press tweed sack made of Donegal tweed, an Orvis Irish patch cardigan, and a green striped tie. I will be listening to and singing songs of Ireland: "The Fields of Athenry," "Boulavouge," "The Bold Fenian Men," "Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye," "Mountain Dew" (while wishing for some for myself), and of course, "Monto."

Some pictures of outfit and pipe tomorrow. Enjoy the day.

Conor

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Old Man: Enjoying the Little Things

I just did one of my favorite things, which incorporated many of my favorite things.

I smoked a pipe, while drinking a cup of my home-roasted coffee, and reading one of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors (Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky; The Brothers Karamazov is my favorite Dostoevsky book, and one of my favorites of all time). After I finish this post, I will take a shower and have a nice long straight razor shave. Ahh, life is good.

Of course I have to work a wet eight hour shift tonight, but that's why this is so good.

Conor

Friday, March 13, 2009

Philisophical Friday

To keep myself from rapidly losing interest in this blog and blogging in general, every Friday I'll be writing a post that analyzes some aspect of blogging that I find funny or odd.
This is also to compete with Sartre's "Music Monday" and tintin's "Friday Belts." Hey, a guy's gotta keep up with the times.

Today I checked my Stat Counter profile to see how the blog was doing view-wise. I was astonished to see that yesterday, the page views was about twice what it normally is. I figured that this fact was due to the title of my second post yesterday: "I Need Your Help." I'm figuring that many people saw this on HTJ's blog (which shows the latest post of the blogs in his blogroll), or maybe in their RSS feeds (I have no idea how these work so I'm sure I'm wrong) and clicked it to see what I needed help with, then said "to hell with that sh*t" when they saw I was only asking about boots. This makes me want to abandon the YM/OM concept completly and just put outrageous titles on every post that will make people click to see what the hell I am saying. Of course I'm not going to do this because I have no idea what I would write about without the background concept.

Maybe my titles are good but I'm not good enough at blogging (which is not necessarily a bad thing, a post for next Friday) to keep people reading. I guess that's OK with me, since I don't really know exactly why I started blogging in the first place.

Conor

Thursday, March 12, 2009

I Need Your Help

I didn't feel like trying to come up with a catchy title for this, sorry.

Once I get some money from the IRS, I'll be buying some boots. I have a few choices, and I would like your opinions on them. Interestingly (maybe not) they are all Chippewa boots. I would love some Indy's but that ain't happening.

First: LL Bean Engineer Boots (made by Chippewa):


Second: Sorrell Crazy Horse:


Third: 8" Bay Apache Insulated:


Fourth: 8" Bay Apache Logger style:



OK, here's the deal. There are thinks about each of these that I like and that I don't like. I think my favorite is the 8" Bay Apache Logger style. However, I really don't like the logger style sole, much too big for my taste, especially the heel. The rest of the boot is awesome, and I really like the upper style. I like the Bean ones and the Sorrell ones, but I think I'd prefer the 8" boots. The insulated ones are cool, but I won't ever need the insulation, and I'm afraid my feet will always be too hot. The Bean ones are a little overpriced, I think, plus I don't really like the suede/nuback texture (though I do know that it can be taken off).

So anyways, what are your opinions? Let me know which ones you like.

Conor

Young Man: Being Lazy and Shirking Responsibilities

Sorry I haven't posted in forever. The week before Spring Break is a pretty busy time. You should expect some good stuff (or just some stuff) over Spring Break.

In the meantime, here are some great posts by actual bloggers that I think you should read if you haven't.

The Selvedge Yard #1

The Selvedge Yard #2

A Trip Down South

All Plaidout

The Foggy Monocle (don't read if you are sensitive; I think it is hilarious)

An Affordable Wardrobe

Enjoy and look forward to more of me later.

Conor

Friday, March 6, 2009

Young Man: Getting Free Stuff From My Parents

I will admit it, I love getting free stuff from my parents. Luckily, I'm still young enough that it isn't sad or an indication of my failure as a person.

Last week, my mom sent me a box of ten shirts: mostly PRL, mostly short-sleeved, mostly with a tagged size too small but with actual sizes that fit me quite well.

Also included was a nice gift card to a decent restaurant.

I'm ready to start earning some real money by myself, but I will miss these sorts of things.

Conor

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Old Man: Shaving With a Straight Razor

A few months ago, I used some extra Christmas cash to purchase myself a straight razor set and a safety razor set, to see which one I liked better. I started with the straight, and I haven't actually used the safety razor, once.

I really do love shaving with the straight. I love the set up, with the lathering, the stropping, all of it.

In light of a recent post by Tucker I will admit that I do it only for the idea of it, and not because I need to. I do get less irritation than I did with a cartridge razor, but the only other thing different is the routine. My shave isn't that much closer, and my beard is very light. Some guys talk about how they have to shave with a straight or safety to get a close shave; I'm not that guy. My wife makes fun of me when I shave every other day, when in I only need to shave once or twice a week. In reality (and I tell her this), I never need to shave, since I'm college and my job doesn't require it.

I know Giuseppe shaves with a safety. Anyone else?

Conor

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Young Man: Snow Days

Beginning at around 5 pm Sunday evening, it started to snow here in Clemson, SC. Being in the south where it snows sparingly, the University invariably closed yesterday. I got to spend another day lounging at home with my wife. The lounging was interrupted periodically by trips outside to play in the snow, take the dogs out, or watch cars struggle up the icy hill our apartment is at the bottom of. Unfortunately the snow melted and so classes are on for today.

I was born and raised in WPB South Florida, where it rarely got below 60, so snow days are a new thing for me. When I first got here I was told that it really only snowed once every four years; so far it has snowed at least once every year I've been here. I'm hoping to go four for four next winter.

Conor