Saturday, October 17, 2009

We’re Back


Just let me state a reason for my blog being down from the get-go. I’m going to define it as a “branding” issue and leave it at that. My old posts are gone sans two and that’s ok.  It just represents a kind of shedding I suppose. I do kinda miss some of them already but I’ll accumulate more crap in no time.


Never when I began to contrive drivel for posts-encouraged by my friends who-in this community are some of the kindest around-did I think that I’d love doing this so much. As Max Beerbohm (Maxminimus) stated … “My gifts are small and I’ve learned to make good use of them”.  I am  not a writer-contrary to what you, some of the nicest folks in the world have said about what I posit here. Tintin is a writer. Elegantologist is a writer. Sartre over at Advice to My Sons is/was a writer.  I’m a busy guy and I don’t have more than twenty or thirty minutes here and there to build my stories and I damn sure don’t have time to run it through the grammar-syntax department. I dump what I see and feel here and I will resume doing so at once.  


This isn’t a false modesty play to garner another round of very nice emails from all of you who sent them to me. I will tell you though-and you know who you are-those emails are the reason that I will tell my stories again. There is also a small coterie of you that provided me some very pragmatic and focused advice. Again-you know who you are and I thank you for that.


So here’s my promise to me… I will continue tell you about things trivial and superficial. I’ll continue to share things with you that touch me and for certain, I will not under any circumstances stop reveling about my child. LFG is my personal strategy and I would be like chopping off a big part of my blogging lifeline if I didn’t share our antics. What I’ve realized is if I edit my stuff, the joy of driveling (Damn-that’s a book title) will be lost and then I might as well shut this thing down again. If I never write another thing I've received something from several of you that has made all of this worthwhile. It's one thing to get an email from somebody asking where they might find a pair of Navy Blue Weejuns. It's quite another when a guy sends me an email letting me know that he's inspired to be a better father to his daughter. 


Clothes are a great metaphor for me to use when sharing my ideas and observations.  It’s the only thing I know other than my healthcare strategy career. I essentially grew up selling rags and hanging out with clothing people. I can find a story-a yarn-a memory when I see a shoe string or a certain color. I’m wildly sentimental and wouldn’t trade that for the world. Some days I wish that I didn’t observe my surroundings in such a highly tuned way. The pain wouldn’t be quite so amplified but on the other hand-neither would the fun-the joy-the antics.


On a closing note let me thank Tintin for spending an hour on the phone with me yesterday. I need to publicly acknowledge you for your kind gesture my friend. Surely one of your last billets as a nomadic military brat had to have been within walking distance of a sporting goods store for you my friend-have balls bigger than Texas. Shut up.


Onward.
ADG and LFG

Ps…God-I know that you are tres strategic and don’t generally trifle with the day to day tactical things but I’ll make two requests. First, could you cancel LFG’s soccer game today? And finally, it would be just fine with me if I didn’t have to have another week like this one past, for another little while.

41 comments:

Brian said...

Glad to see you are back!!

Kathy said...

I'm so glad you're back. You can be as wildly sentimental as you wanna be. I'm a fan.

Kathleen said...

Good! I love the stories and your adventures with LFG.

The Sluice Box said...

I was disappointed when it appeared your mix of humor and candor had gone missing. This surprised me a bit since I don't know you, except through what you write and share. I'm happy to see the blog is up and running after its brief hiatus. -Aaron

James said...

Please stay as you are, I raised 3 daughters and your posts bring back so many great memories. I'm not sure what happened, but I am sure it is no one's business but your own. I just wish to add my name to the list of your supporters and say welcome back.

ilovelimegreen said...

ADG- Don't ever disappear again! I love HOW you write and WHAT you write about. And I will say it again, you have no idea how lucky LFG is!

~Tessa~Scoffs said...

Max - SO glad to see you're back. Sorry I didn't send an email. Didn't know we were doing that. Sort of assumed that if you were gone you wanted to be really gone. Since I have not been blessed with a daughter (only sons) I do love reading about LFG and your adventures together.
So....if I shut down my blog do you think Tintin would spend an hour on the phone with me? Onward.

Conor said...

Glad you're back sir.

LPC said...

Welcome back. Very elegant. In the deep sense. Fashion anthropology can explicate a lot of otherwise tricky issues, in some cultures probably more than others. Sort of Like Water For Chocolate, only Weejuns...

Gail, in northern California said...

It's truly a banner morning.

Even though the notice told me your blog was no more, I kept it on my list of favorite bookmarks. Periodically, throughout each day, I would check. Imagine my delight this morning when up popped that wonderful MAXMINIMUS header and I yelled to my husband, "He's back! He's really back!"

Hello to The Pootist. I've missed her too. Life is good.

David V said...

Glad you are back.

HGB said...

Thank God you're back Don't scare me like this again. HGB

ELS said...

Hurrah. Have posted you a recipe for your utter stinker of a week!
E

Michael said...

I'm really glad you're back! You've become one of my routine blog-stops during the day, and I'd hate to see you disappear. Thanks for sharing your words and your life with the rest of us.

Anonymous said...

As a regular reader, I am very glad to see you are back. You are a true raconteur. Count me in the list of fathers of daughters who finds some inspiration, or at least comradrie, in your observations. Hell, I even considered stopping at South of the Border this Summer, but came to my senses in time.

The Blushing Hostess said...

Go, baby, go, go, go.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad your back too.
You deserve a Stoly Martini for that week...a real tasty one.

Paul said...

D - so glad your blog is up and running again and your stories and musing are on my screen, I enjoy it all EVERY DAY. I like your taste and recommendations on clothing and look forward to your advice.

I raised three children - all sorts of memories, and the day they all coming rushing into your head is the day your daughter gets married.

ADG said...

Thanks All....and especially LPC...without your permission, I've lifted your lovely words and with one edit, have placed it on the title of my blog. Let me know if it annoys you and I'll take it down.

Onward. Explicating.

Wellesley Lady said...

I'm a new fan of your blog. I love your writing style and what you write about. So glad your back.

Mads said...

So happy you have returned!

LPC said...

I'm very honored. It's a privilege...

Anonymous said...

So glad you are back. Remember when you wrote about wearing pink? Here is a bittersweet story from our city. A very young soldier recently was killed in Iraq. (This is not a political comment). He did not come from one of our preppy burbs so he probably had to be pretty brave to dress in traditional clothes. At his funeral a group of his high school buddies came in pink shirts with the collars up to honor his style. They stated that he always said it takes a real man to wear pink. Wish I had known him.
Best Regards

Capt. Mike said...

You owe me a laptop. Pushed mine off the desk when I thought your blog had been shut down.

P.S. The unpolished, unpretentious nature of your "drivel" is a good part of why I enjoy your blog. Thanks.

Karena said...

Maxminimus, Welcome back, we really missed you!

Jiffyinthegreenvest said...

So happy to see that you're back.

Richard said...

Man I was worried about you - seriously! Again, I think you are the best classic clothing blogger out there, and I am truly glad you are back. So let's get back to it now.

Cape Cod Kitty said...

WHEW....I am so happy you are back, and thanks to Blushing Hostess for letting me know.
I grew up at the feet of two men, my father and my grandfather, like you and have never taken the time to write about it; you're doing it for me and providing a lot of inspiration. Thank you!

Patsy said...

sorry for your terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week, but so happy you have returned.

ackred said...

I am so glade you are back. You are an inspiration to me in style and to be a better father to my little girl. Keep in mind that the big guy will not put anything in front of you that you can not handle. I like who you are and what you writ about. SOOO keep it up.

ackred

Pigtown-Design said...

I will just add my words to everyone else... welcome back.

Easy and Elegant Life said...

Yes Indeed! The wonderfulness of yourself, sir!
And Tintin, you are an officer and a gentlemen

Rasputin said...

Man,its good to see you back!

Scott said...

What the Hell? I come back from shooting a few ducks and find you've thrown in the towel? But you haven't? I can only imagine what transpired, but am happy (for my sake) you're still laying it down. But no matter what, do what it takes to stay safe. The world ain't Mayberry no more.

Scott

heavy tweed jacket said...

I go away for the weekend, and you return. A warm welcome back.

Giuseppe said...

Whew! That was close one.

Now let's all zero in on getting Toad back.

TWJ said...

ADG,
I am not one to comment on most of the blogs I read. Writing was never one of my strong points, (God bless those poor English teachers that had to deal with me). However, there is a list of blogs I try to keep up with and yours is indeed one of them. I was sorry to see that you had pulled out. I thought to myself there goes another good one.

I am blessed with not one but two lovely girls and the counter part two boys. They are a good balanced mix. We started out with a daughter, she was the first female first born in seven generations. (I remember when my dad and I told my grandfather, he just grinned ear to ear). Then we had number one son, (a relief that we had glad we got that one out of the way). And then we had daughter number two and then son number two. (Oh, the blessings bestowed upon us). I remember telling my wife after the first two that, “they only make two models, and everything else is option packages.”

I will stop rambling now, I do enjoy reading your rants and on occasion laugh and cry, (boy I hope my wife isn't reading this). That said, along with everyone else, thank you for returning. By now, whether you realize it or not, you help a lot of people get through their days. Oh by the way, soccer is a tough sport and as my two daughters’ use to say, “GO, GIRL POWER!”

TWJ

pearlywhitegirl said...

I was in Louisiana when I discovered you were gone--quel horreur! I'm so glad you are back. I am not a trad man (nor any sort of man, obviously!) but I appreciate and enjoy your style--sartorially and satirically--and I, too, am very glad you are back!

TWA said...

So glad you're back!

Anonymous said...

Glad you are back. Have only recently stumbled upon your blog. Spent a good part of an early Saturday am reading the archives. Then, was disappointed to see the blog gone - but now...o frabjous day! Calloo, callay! Carry on, good sir, please do carry on.

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

Thank goodness you're back. As a nice boy from the fine State of South Carolina you should know better than to scare people so. Not to mention that I'm counting on watching the adorable LFG grow up into the fine southern lady that I know she will become. Don't disappear again. ya hear?

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