Wednesday, June 15, 2011

happy graduation tie

Cameron Seib donated this beauty, which made even more festive the celebration of CHS's 2011 commencement.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

sad panda tie owner

Thanks to Jennifer K., class of '11, and to the someone somewhere who is very, very sad to have donated their panda tie to Goodwill.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

how sweet it is

At long last, a new tacky tie: a polyester wonder donated by Kristyn Ross.

The absurdist pattern--truly the Hershey corporation's greatest work--got rave reviews all Tuesday long.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

the blues

My wife found this one in an area Goodwill. Who would discard such a beautiful work of art?

Thursday, December 03, 2009

the apparition of these faces in the crowd

Thanks to Whitney Friddle for this hideous yet poetic piece. A Mervyns classic.

In case you were aching for a closeup.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


A brand new addition to the world's greatest tie assemblage, this time compliments of Paxton Rice, who liberated it from his grandfather's collection.

Said to me with a straight face, by a student oblivious to my methods: "So... are you going to wear any wacky ties this year? I mean, all your ties are so professional."

Thursday, September 10, 2009

tacky tie twins

Today was the first Thursday of the 2009 school year, and hence the first blooming of the Tacky Tie.

Yesterday, I notified my student teacher about the custom, inviting him to partake of my collection and join in the fun each Tuesday and Thursday during his ten-week stint. He said it was a fine idea, and wore the floral print below. (His shirt was pumpkin, which matched perfectly, which is to say, even more hideously.)

During our prep period, as we strode out of the copy room, a passing faculty member called us the "Blues Brothers."

Monday, June 15, 2009

the greatest tie of all time?

The last day of school--for me, at least, because of the trip to Birmingham--was Friday the 12th. To celebrate a crazy, wonderful year, one of the students in my 4th period class really wanted to bring in a dessert. Thursday she asked me if I enjoyed cake. "Of course," I said, having no idea that the cake was bound to bear my name and a likeness of my hallmark.

Twenty-eight slices of heaven: a tacky tie with raspberry filling.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

go Mariners!

Junior's back, and so are the Mariners. In celebration of the first homestand of the season, I wore the only non-tacky tie in my whole collection. Will it bring victory? Through five innings, the answer is yes...

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

luck of the... something

It's got green on it. That's good enough for today.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

ties are the constant

No matter what the weather brings, the ties persist. From the last two weeks, three repeats in two photos. Enjoy.

Sunday, March 01, 2009


Over a month ago I hoped things at school were "truly back to normal."

As if.

Anyhow, the one thing that is always in session: the tacky. The following ties are all new--to me, at least.

In order, thanks to Ben Leierer, Matthew Stidham, and Danny Stohr.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

a fresh look

This one's thanks to Ariel Davis, a savvy Value Village shopper with a keen eye for tacky.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

truly back to normal

Since I missed the Tuesday before Winter Break--which turned out to be the last day before the snow struck. Thus, it's been over a month since the appearance of Tacky Tie Tuesday or Thursday.