In my office I keep two ties for emergencies. I do not mean emergencies like preventing a fire or helping someone with a health problem. Rather I mean occasions where I should be wearing a tie, but regrettably I have shown up to work without one. One tie is black, one is purple. I have never worn the purple tie, though I may one day. I have worn the black tie once.
In the fall of 2009, I received a call that I was to be interviewed on television on very short notice. Usually such interviews involve our Principal or one of our Vice-Principals, but they were unfortunately unavailable. Being without a tie I looked at my two emergency ties, and picked the black one. (more…)