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Old 04-06-2008, 03:21 PM   #141
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My neighbors and friends all seem to be consumed with status in clothing, cars, and home furnishings.
I know the feeling. A guy two houses up can't get his car in the garage because it's so full of "stuff", mostly for the kids.

But mail carrier misdelivered his water bill (it comes on a post card) and I freaked when I saw it was a 30-day cutoff notice before I saw it wasn't even my bill. Perhaps he just forgot to pay it - that can happen I suppose - but it did make me wonder.
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Old 04-06-2008, 05:22 PM   #142
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Man, am I ever late to this party! This topic really hit with ER crowd! For months after I retired all I would do is pull out my jeans and T shirts and have a great time coming and going whenever I wanted w/o my cell phone constantly ringing and having to be available at all times - wearing comfortable clothes -all - the time....what a great concept! About 3 months after I jumped my then 16 yo daughter started bugging me about my hair.....then wife and daughter started singing Achy Breaky Heart to me - yup...had the mullet thing going......I was starting to fit in with the grocery outlet folks....maybe to much. I also noticed that I was being treated differently than in the past.
Short story long - I still live in my Walmart jeans and bright colored Ts...but I try to keep my hair from going to far into the past...
You can wear almost anything...if you are well groomed.
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Old 04-06-2008, 05:57 PM   #143
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Definitely NOT a fear of ours. Instead, I would say we have a phobia about looking rich! We had raised INconspicuous consumption to a high art.

Why? Because we have a perhaps somewhat irrational (i.e. exaggerated) fear of becoming a target for unscrupulous persons if we flaunt wealth. We like to be quite anonymous.

In fact, when we bought our new motorhome it made me very, very nervous because it seemed obvious that we were driving a lot of money around. Fortunately, in turns out that the average joe has no clue about how much those things cost, and even in RV campgrounds there is usually someone fancier than us.

LOL! We are always trying to stay behind the Joneses and not be noticed!

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Right now I am parked next to a fine looking Prevost driven by an apparent retired (from the sport) basketball player. Money, money.
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Man, am I ever late to this party! This topic really hit with ER crowd! For months after I retired all I would do is pull out my jeans and T shirts and have a great time coming and going whenever I wanted w/o my cell phone constantly ringing and having to be available at all times - wearing comfortable clothes -all - the time....what a great concept! About 3 months after I jumped my then 16 yo daughter started bugging me about my hair.....then wife and daughter started singing Achy Breaky Heart to me - yup...had the mullet thing going......I was starting to fit in with the grocery outlet folks....maybe to much. I also noticed that I was being treated differently than in the past.
Short story long - I still live in my Walmart jeans and bright colored Ts...but I try to keep my hair from going to far into the past...
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Old 04-06-2008, 06:37 PM   #145
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Frost free planting date around here is 4/15 - getting close.

In celebration - the Golden goes to the dog groomer and me to the $7 beauty college down the road for our 'summer crew cuts.' the dog's cost $33 last year with a shampoo thrown in (coupon).

?Do they still sell Butch Wax?

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?Do they still sell Butch Wax?

heh heh heh - .
I am not going to ask. . .
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I am not going to ask. . .
Isn't that the stuff that guys used to use on flattop haircuts back in the 50's? I sure hope so....
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Yes, I am afraid to look poor. My kids, when they were young and now not-so-young don't like the look on me. Actually, I don't like the look, either. Looking casual is fine, looking comfortable is fine, but, looking poor--not so fine. But, then again, I live in So Cal where style often trumps substance. I often wear my UCLA or Pitt sweatshirts when running errands. But they're in very good shape (unlike myself).
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Isn't that the stuff that guys used to use on flattop haircuts back in the 50's? I sure hope so....
Yes.

Anyone remember Rose Hair Oil?
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I like to look nice at work - we're business casual - plus DW likes my nice look. And sometimes I REALLY want to look nice, such as at Grandmother's funeral (I was a pallbearer) or taking DW out for an anniversary dinner.

But when out in the plants, or on the weekends - my preferred mode of dress is a grey t-shirt and jeans.
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I like to look nice and neat and put together . I am not a status buyer . I have no interest in high priced designer wear but I like the reasonable Liz Claiborne,Lands End and JJill clothes . They last forever and I always feel good in them . Do I want to look poor ? No , I'll go for the middle class look .
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I like to look nice and neat and put together.
Good for you. Everyone of us should follow that practice. Like Donzo said, "You can wear almost anything...if you are well groomed."

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Do I want to look poor? No, I'll go for the middle class look .
The original question was "are you afraid to look poor?" ... which is a bit different from deliberately affecting a shabby look.
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Thanks Milton , I 'm not afraid to look poor . I'm more afraid to look sloppy . Guys can carry off that devil may care shorts and t shirt look better than most women especially older women .
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Good for you. Everyone of us should follow that practice. Like Donzo said, "You can wear almost anything...if you are well groomed."
Um, why exactly?

I hate shaving. When I check out, it will become a once a week (max) event. Why the hell do I care if someone doesn't like stubble?
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Good for you. Everyone of us should follow that practice. Like Donzo said, "You can wear almost anything...if you are well groomed."
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Um, why exactly?

I hate shaving. When I check out, it will become a once a week (max) event. Why the hell do I care if someone doesn't like stubble?
See if it goes on your credit report or even worse, on your permanent record!
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Great thread!

How much do you all spend on clothes? Quicken says my 4 year average is $465/year. It is amazing how one trip to Men's Warehouse in that period of time can mess up the averages.

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How much do you all spend on clothes? Quicken says my 4 year average is $465/year. It is amazing how one trip to Men's Warehouse in that period of time can mess up the averages.

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I'll be darned! $640/year for two of us over 4 years. I never would have guessed that much. But I am about to have to replace the 5 pair of 4-year-old jeans in another year or two.

Before retirement it was a lot more since I wore suits to work, and while she didn't usually wear a suit the outfit had to be business class.
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Great thread!

How much do you all spend on clothes? Quicken says my 4 year average is $465/year. It is amazing how one trip to Men's Warehouse in that period of time can mess up the averages.

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Off the top of my head, $88 in the last six months.

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