Vacation brings out my strange travel habits

Published: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 04:39 PM.

I’m likely the worst suitcase packer in the world but am lucky be married to one of the best. Ann does all of the logistical planning and the packing for our vacations, because if left up to me, we’d bring our stuff aboard in Food Lion "carry-on" sacks.

I want to help more in the process but can’t make the case of why it matters what I wear. Ann’s attitude is polar opposite, so over the past few weeks, she has been assembling her clothes and which accessories "go" with each outfit.

I believe most men — certainly this one — couldn’t care less. My formula for appropriate dress is simple: Warm places equal shorts and sandals. Cold places equal jeans and sandals.

My general disinterest in how I look is a double-edged sword. On the positive side, I’m probably the most comfortable guy in any room, which is of highest personal importance.

On the negative side, I likely scare away some potential clients with my beach-bum raggedness. I tell myself anybody choosing accountants because ties match shirts may have flawed priorities. But who knows?

Times they are a changing. This year, I’m making a concerted effort to clean up my travel act on our yearly adventure. I’ve even augmented my "wardrobe" with neat stuff I ordered from a store in Hawaii.

I don’t know how their catalog found its way to our door, but they had some clothing items that really struck a chord … my chord. Their product descriptions kept using my two favorite styling words, "cotton" and "comfortable."

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