Bleg -- Fashion Advice
Yes, you read that correctly. My next round of Army schooling will take place at Carlisle Barracks, PA. The daily uniform while there will be either Class B (the most useless, impractical, and ugly uniform in the Army inventory, IMO) or 'civilian business attire.' Mostly 'civilian business attire,' with the Class B as an option, apparently.
Here's the problem: at age 33, I've spent my entire post-college adult life in the Army, wearing BDUs or ACUs to work every day. I have no CLUE what constitutes 'civilian business attire.' Hell, not only do I not own a single suit, I've never even worn one.
My entire clothing inventory that is probably useful constitutes one blue blazer, two pairs of tan/light brown pants, two white and one grey shirt, and two ties. I HATE ties. Ties were created by women once clothing was invented and they could no longer easily drag us men around by yanking our schlongs. Physically, I mean. Doing so psychologically is still easily accomplished. Just ask my wife.
So I need at least a couple of suit-type garments, preferably stuff I can mix and match. Although, with my wife going on active duty, for the first time in my military career, I face going to formals as the spouse, and thus wearing civilian clothes, a suit appropriate for such occasions wouldn't be out of the question.
EDIT: I should have mentioned that the school is 14 weeks long, after which my next assignment is to the Plans section, Headquarters, 82nd Airborne Division. So aside from my wife's unit's formal(s), and maybe a funeral or two, I probably won't be wearing these items much after that. And I'm not planning on leaving the Army until they kick me out. Oh, and as much as I do love the service at Men's Wearhouse, there isn't on within at least 50 miles of Fort Bragg. Anyone know a comparable store in NC?
Fly SouthWest Airlines
From todays Fayetteville (NC) Observer:
Guardsmen get a free flight home
By Venita Jenkins
RALEIGH — Soldiers began singing “Deck the Halls” and “Feliz Navidad” as they stood in the ticket line at Raleigh Durham International Airport on Sunday morning.
They had a lot to sing about. Some soldiers would not have been able to make it home for Christmas if it wasn’t for the generosity of Southwest Airlines. The airline provided free flights home for about 180 soldiers with the Texas National Guard 436th Chemical Company. They are stationed at Fort Bragg awaiting deployment to Afghanistan. But first they will enjoy a 10-day leave at home in Texas.
Southwest provided flights to San Antonio, Dallas and Austin. It would have cost the soldiers between $400 and $600 each to make the nearly three-hour flight.
The unit became aware of Southwest’s plans Tuesday. Until then, the group had planned to make a 26-hour trek home by charter buses.
If anyone's counting, that's $72,000 worth of airline tickets, minimum.
Watch Ol' 97
One last time on the home field. Niners defensive lineman Bryant Young, the last player from the Niners last Super Bowl championship team, will likely retire after this season. Sunday's game is SF's final game at the 'Stick this season.
For the last 14 seasons, there hasn't been a better D-lineman in the NFL. A great player, and a great man.