When You Ask for Advice
Kevin Salwen on Life
... The great news is you get it. Yesterday, I sent an email to a few gazillion friends and colleagues promoting my appearance on CNN. The responses were great, and ranged from the technically challenged (3 people sent 'I don't have a TV, please tape!') to the offbeat ('Make sure Anderson Cooper knows how good of a softball player you are') to the motherly ('Make sure to comb your hair and smile').
But I had included a tease that I might wear a red tie, another tie or no tie at all. So, most focused on haberdashery:
-- 'Anderson is very natty, so go for the tie.'
-- 'I am pro tie. Cooper looks like he is trying too hard with the open neck French blue shirt.'
-- 'I say no tie--it better reflects the magazine's mission, I think!'
-- 'Blue is the new power tie, plus it's blue state friendly.'
And one of our cartoonists, Steve Smeltzer offered this wardrobe tip: 'How about (wearing) just the tie like you wore in your days as a Chippendale's dancer. I'll bet Paula Zahn would come in early to see that.' (For the record, I was turned down for that job, which crushed my ego.)
What this all reminds me, of course, is that if you ask, people offer. And it also reminds me of why I like these folks to begin with. We so often classify people into discussion groups, rarely asking them about areas we'd never expect them to opine on. I'll have to toss another one out there soon.