Since beginning my new position, I've decided I need to increase my repertoire. Namely, I need to learn some more knots. Not the kind that precvent your boat from slipping away, though those might be useful too, but the tying a tie kind.
I've decided on the hyphenated "Pratt-Shelby".
Mostly, I was intrigued because I had never heard of this knot before. I like the way it turned out (most of the time -- I'm still pretty new at this). I'm seeing a big difference in knot thickness.
I'm also seeing a big difference in the way I'm treated. When I walk into a business or a restaurant, service personell immediately are awed by the subtly increased power of my knot. I'm treated with more respect.
I have a feeling that had I jumped directly to the Windsor, they would have recognized me for the fraud that I am.
Humankind can never seem to settle on one way of just doing things. Instead of ringing Westminster Quarters, why not try Winchester? or St. Michael's? Instead of the four-in-hand, why knot try to the Pratt-Shelby? the Half-Windsor? the bow tie?
Strangely civilized minutiae can be fun to explore.
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