Today is Tuesday – Tie Tuesday – and I’m doing the tie thing. If you’ve seen Mai Ties, today is “The Distinctive” against a grey shirt. At lunch, the waitress asks me if I’m a car salesman. No, why? The tie. So, I shut her up by stating that it’s Tie Tuesday so you have to wear a tie. Duh, everyone knows that.
Why a car salesman? I mean, it could have been lawyer, banker, real estate agent, store manager, or anything else. Why was that the first and more logical thought? Yeah, there’s a car dealership nearby, but there’s dealerships everywhere.
Does wearing a tie make you seem dishonest? Wait a minute, does being a car salesperson make you seem dishonest? Where was I going with that… Do I look dishonest wearing a tie? No, not dishonest, do I look like I’m trying to impress someone? That’s not it. Why do car salespeople wear ties? What is that purpose, then I can figure out why I looked like I had that purpose because I was wearing a tie. Maybe.
But I’m wearing jeans. She didn’t notice that; it was just the tie. Is it the style of the tie? Maybe because it’s trendy and not traditional that made it seem car salesperson-y? Is it because I had a tie clip? My impression would be that not wearing a tie clip would be more casual and more salesperson-like. What exactly am I trying to figure out here?
The waitress was old. Maybe that’s a generational thing? She grew up always seeing car salespeople wearing ties? But back then, people would wear suit jackets as well. If I wore a jacket now, I would probably look more like a banker, except for the jeans, again. Maybe it’s my age. If a young guy was wearing a tie, she wouldn’t ask if he was selling cars. She’d just think he was a hipster. Or something.
Or maybe, she just sucks at conversation and commented on something that made me stand out from the crowd. There were a bunch of grungy people there. So…. car salespeople are not grungy. Check. I think I’ve got it now.