Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Goat archives vol. two: gentlemen's accessories

In the above photo, my husband of 16 years is donning a wide leather watch band that he recently unearthed from a box in the attic that, according to the photo and text on the lid, originally housed a set of Craftsmen screwdrivers.

"I threw everything in here when I changed dressers."

My brain, perhaps in denial, did not immediately recognize the item. With knitted brow, I took it from his hand and blinked at the curious leather strap and tarnished buckle. When I realized what it was moments later, I fell into a gut-wrenching fit of laughter. As I was dabbing at the resulting tears, the Goat explained to me that he often wore the wristband with his tan bell bottoms and a tight print Qiana disco shirt when he went to the bar at the local Holiday Inn with his associates for an evening out.

"So Starsky," I said, "Get laid alot?"

"No."

He then produced an Speidel I.D. bracelet engraved with ERIC in a triple-line engravers font. The item was slightly corroded despite Speidel's proud claim of RHODIUM ELECTROPLATE on the interior of the clasp.

"What was the purpose of this?" I said. "Have trouble remembering your name?"

"You were supposed to give it to your sweetie," he said.

"Seeing as you still have it at the ripe age of 52," I said, "I guess you didn't do so well in that department."

"I don't know about that," he said. "After all, who's got it right now?"


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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

That Goat has a way with words. I bet he pulled more ass off the dance floor than Travolta.


RJ

Dishonorable Schoolboy said...

Ha. As another 52 year old I say that the man had style if only because I had a band of similar greatness. Actually I think having one now would be pretty cool. Hang on to it.

As for the name bracelet, not so sure about that. I think I gave up on those when the POW on my bracelet checked out of the Hanoi Hilton.

glittergirl said...

those thick leather watch bands are back in style. well, they were a year or two ago.

so if he hangs on to it, he might suddenly be "hip" in another 2 decades!

i always wanted a boy to give me his ID bracelet, or even better, a mizpah necklace! (if the goat has a mizpah necklace laying around somewhere, i'm gonna be so jealous...)

Julia Farley said...

DAY-YUM!

Both of you are,well, delicious.

Ahem.

Back to work for me...

deangc said...

Aww... the Goat is sweet. Keep the Goat.

(S)wine said...

He rocks it, man. I love Goat stories. I want that leather band. And the bell bottoms. And a moustache. Oh, see my FB page about that last one.

Hal said...

Looks like Goat ran had a run-in with the Seattle Police Department.

As for the ID bracelet, you aren't officially a couple until you start wearing his Brush High School letterman jacket.