How have the sands of today’s hourglass slipped away without my creaky content making its appearance? ‘Tis the season.
On Saturday, November 25, the Chamber of Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Arundel hosted a Pajama Shopping Day. When I first saw it online, I was horrified. Then, I was intrigued. I looked at the participating businesses and realized I could get a free cup of coffee at H.B. Provisions and some deep discounts on letterpress cards at Ink & Thistle Press.
But wearing pajamas in public? Readers here know how I feel about “Hobo Couture.”
Readers also know I love letterpress printing.
I rifled through my sleepwear and looked honestly at my leopard print bathrobe. Was there a way to elevate hobo couture to a new level with style and grace?
I thought the scene would resemble the fabled “Running of the Bulls” in Pamplona, Spain. I was disappointed. Nary a flannel-clad shopper could be seen and I inadvertently sat at a regular’s table at H.B. Provisions.
It all worked out, I got my letterpress cards, some free coffee and a half-price lobster omelette. I took a “selfie” at an iconic tourist location and then motored home.
This morning in the Lewiston Sun Journal, reporter Mark LaFlamme wrote a funny article in his “Street Talk” column. It was called “Dressed for success: I hate that.” He was recently quizzed at a crime-scene about his identify as a reporter based on his attire. He said “I don’t dress purty, yo.”
In classic LaFlamme style, he outlined why it’s difficult to cover the news wearing a starched shirt and tie. He said “the problem with being a newspaper reporter is that unless you’re a firmly entrenched State House reporter or something godawful like that, you don’t know from one minute to the next what assignment will fall with a plop onto your plate. Will I be sent to cover a school committee meeting tonight? Or will I be required to elbow crawl through a swamp to adequately cover an armed standoff out in West Canker Sore?”
LaFlamme has his Carhartt and I have my leopard print bathrobe. We do what we must to get our stories.