I saw this article today in The Morning News, and it reminded me of a post I wrote in 2006 detailing my experience attending an embalming (my brother-in-law is a funeral director). It’s one of my all-time favorite entries, and if you’d like to read it, it’s archived here. Be forewarned, it’s graphic, and may be unpleasant for some of you.

If you’d rather NOT read about such things, may I disturb you with something else? BEHOLD:

I think there’s such a thing as a fashion don’t, and then there’s THIS.


67 Responses to “Re-visiting”

  1. mel on October 9th, 2008 4:40 pm

    the horror! cargo pants, with socks and sandals!

  2. jenB on October 9th, 2008 5:32 pm

    OK, my husband does this. I defend him thusly – he never wears socks, his Keens and shorts, when we were in Vegas (HOT) and China (HOT) it was all I could do to get him out of BLACK reebok runners, and he also never wore white socks. Also, Keens with jeans was the other rule. You may continue to mock and so will I, but silently and out of hearing range.

  3. Lesley on October 9th, 2008 6:20 pm

    am not sure whether you mean the jeans (with the pockets), the white socks, or the shoes or the combo of white socks and sandles. I take it the legs and feet are JBs.

  4. Nancy on October 9th, 2008 6:21 pm

    *sigh* I wear white socks with my Keens pretty much every day in the fall and early spring. I’m a dork, but hey, I love my Keens and hate the cold air touching my feet.

  5. Stephanie on October 9th, 2008 7:16 pm

    My husband still wears Tevas. I hate those things. He tried to put them on with BLACK socks and shorts one day and I almost started to cry. Thankfully he was just messing with me.

    Ok. That artice was amazing. I never thought I could be mesmerized by something like that. Oh! And thanks for recommending the Twilight series. I’m addicted!

  6. JB on October 9th, 2008 10:39 pm

    I think what bothers me the most is that some of you think the jeans are sporting some sort of 70’s style full length pockets – seriously? You think I would walk around wearing jeans that had 2 foot long external pockets? The jeans are Carhartt ‘double front’ work jeans; so tough you cannot cut them with a chainsaw: http://tinyurl.com/4mefxe

  7. Jennifer on October 9th, 2008 11:37 pm

    I am cracking up that JB left a comment. Is this going to be a regular thing? Actually after reading JB’s twitter posts for a while, I think you (Sundry) need a dedicated “JB’s column” featured here, maybe once every couple weeks? Could be a consolidation of his more notable twitter posts?

    BTW I wear Keens (and Birkenstocks too, even) all year long, often with socks. Not white ones though (sorry JB). Pick dark sox to match your outfit, navy blue ones in the case of this photo. I am totally that Pemco “Sox and Sandals guy.” I am actually the Pemco guy’s wife, who puts on her fleece vest before she’s even all the way out of bed! Go Northwest Nerds!

  8. jenB on October 10th, 2008 12:07 am

    Three cheers for JB!

  9. Allison on October 10th, 2008 12:23 am

    This is a good opportunity to mention:


    Begin a slow campaign of replacement NOW Sundry. . . . by spring he won’t know where all his white socks went *insert confused look and head scratch here*

  10. Danell on October 10th, 2008 6:51 am

    I love Keens. LOVE. I’m not so horrified by the socks with them…at least they aren’t Tevas or Jerusalem-cruisers with socks. But Keen makes some closed styles, too…for those who can’t bear the viewing of the socks.

  11. Shawna on October 10th, 2008 7:51 am

    The salesperson who sold my huband his Keens said Keens are more like shoes with holes (I think it’s the closed toe that is supposed to make the difference) and therefore it’s okay to wear them with socks. My husband never took him up on it though and instead sports some pretty strange tan lines.

  12. christine on October 10th, 2008 8:41 am

    It is the jeans with the front patches that get me. I almost expect men to wear sandals and socks — so bad, yet so normal to see.

    Sandals and socks = dorky dude fashion.
    Those jeans = fashion abomination.

  13. breckgirl on October 10th, 2008 12:39 pm

    I, too, was a bit frightened by the jeans until I read JB’s explanation and that they were CARHART, for God’s sake. MANLY PANTS. True – I live in Montana and listen, you don’t mess with a guy wearing CARHART, okay? Because he may cut YOU with a chainsaw.

    The shoes and socks, well – maybe JB’s feet are cold. People here wear socks with Keens AND Crocs, but you know, Kalispell Montana is not exactly a mecca of fashion and style. We are also fond of Wrangler jeans, cowboy boots and cammo apparel of all kinds. JB, you can move here and wear your Keens with socks all you want! Maybe I will send my husband to Washington to live, as he wouldn’t be caught dead wearing socks with sandals – he’s a bit of a girly-man. Bizarre that we live HERE, of all places, but that’s another story for another day.

    Loved the embalming stories – at least I know now what will become of me when I croak. Glad I’ll be dead for it.

  14. Lesley on October 10th, 2008 2:20 pm

    Your latest twitter has me thinking that Riley is fast learning his mom’s keen and very humorous wit. “failwhale” – total awesomeness from pirate Riley.

  15. Nancy on October 10th, 2008 6:09 pm

    Please. JB could be wearing a pink tutu and leotard with his Keens and still look manly!

  16. thejunebug on October 11th, 2008 4:46 am

    Linda, do you watch Ghost Hunters? It comes on Sci-Fi at 9pm Wednesdays, but re-runs show at 7pm & 8pm on Wednesdays as well.

    ANYWAY. The TAPS crew were investigating this Inn that used to be a funeral home, and the lady was walking them around the building, when she happened upon a table in the foyer. “Oh yes, this was in the kitchen when I first bought the property,” she said. “They used it to embalm the bodies. I found it quite useful for baking cookies and pies – you could just slap down some dough and work away!”


    And I wonder WHY SHE HAD PROBLEMS? Less ghosts, more chemical consumption maybe? EWWW!


  17. Renee on October 20th, 2008 11:38 am

    JB – you go man! Socks with sandals. He’s a fashion rebel.

    I wear socks with my Crocs so, there ya go. I hate cold feet! (although I do try to at least MATCH the color of the sock and the shoe.

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