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Old 04-13-2008, 02:29 PM   #121
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My dad was a union skilled labor worker and talked the union membership into getting better cars for the union officers. They assigned him the task of buying 5 new cars. He went to a dealership after working hard all day and got ignored. He went across the street and bought 5 cars, he was happy the jerks at the first dealership didn't get the commission.
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One incident that was really more amusing the embarrassing.

In the mid90s, DW and I are staying at the Plaza in NYC across from Central park.

We are living on the west coast so a couple of days before we leave I look up the NYC weather in the newspaper and it looks like really nice spring weather so I don't pack any winter clothes. But I forget that this is the time of year when temperatures on the east coast can vary a lot from day to day and it turns out that they have record cold temperatures during the week that we are there and for someone coming from CA that is really, really cold.

Even though mega-corp was paying the bills we liked walking so we did that rather than taking the taxi to most places but I was freezing my butt off. So I go into one of the local "down scale" stores and find a really old, really ugly hooded sweatshirt that is about 4 sizes to large. It is on sale for $3 or something like that. It is bright blue but has faded portions at random places that look like somebody accidently bleached it. I have seen homeless people in better clothes.

To stay warm walking around NYC I put on about three shirts, then my light jacket and then this sweatshirt on top. I looked like a street-person that was wearing everything that he owned but at least I was warm.

I got some really strange looks from the doormen at the Plaza when ever I came into the hotel wearing that sweatshirt. One time in particular I recall entering at the same time as two couples in formal clothes - IRRC the guys were in tuxedos. I think that the doormen were worried that they would have to throw me out but they never said anything to me.

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Actually I've found folks like this have huge, huge egos and need to stand out and be different as part of satisfying that ego. Hence, they choose "different" dress than everyone else. Look at how you view him....... he was indeed successful at impressing you and that was indeed his intention. Simply showing up in some typical, vanilla everyday clothes would be the sign of someone who truly didn't care about impressing anyone with his/her wardrobe!

Yes, that is true in many cases and I know some people that like to do that. But I didn't get that impression in this particular instance.

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Yes, that is true in many cases and I know some people that like to do that. But I didn't get that impression in this particular instance.
Well, it's always possible he considered coveralls typical everyday garb in that particular business setting, but I doubt it. He was probably making a statement and basking in the attention. If he didn't care about clothes (manifested by either dressing up or dressing down - but in either case to impress) he would have just shown up in a vanilla shirt and pants outfit.
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NYC doormen must have seen EVERYthing by now. Folks let Britney and Keith Richards into places looking like death warmed over, so why not MB?
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Well, it's always possible he considered coveralls typical everyday garb in that particular business setting, but I doubt it. He was probably making a statement and basking in the attention. If he didn't care about clothes (manifested by either dressing up or dressing down - but in either case to impress) he would have just shown up in a vanilla shirt and pants outfit.
In 1979-80 at the U.S. Naval Academy, coveralls and ballcaps were temporarily banned as an example of "inappropriate liberty attire". Oh, the drama that ensued. Even a midshipman going out to change the oil on his car had some 'splainin' to do.

Nearly five years later I reported aboard my first submarine. When we got underway, we wore... coveralls, ballcaps, and sneakers.

Nearly three decades later I still can't help smirking when I see the word "coveralls".

My FIL worked with a CBS (union) employee who'd won a cash settlement in a 1970s discrimination/duties assignment lawsuit. 10 years later he was still reporting to work (camera/audio technician) in shorts, ripped t-shirts, sandals, and anything else he could think of (short of a safety violation) to remind management that he was someone not to be trifled with. He never got a promotion but he made it to the pension.
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