I mentioned in a previous post that my boss and I had a “big deal” briefing to give in downtown Washington, DC, recently. We were presenting to very high-ranking public officials. I am deliberately not saying who we saw or what we were presenting about because internet search engines might pick up on that and drive visitors to this blog, which is not about those issues.
Anyway, it was a unique “Washington-only” opportunity. It required dressing up. Suit, tie, and shiny boots. However, that morning, I rode my Harley to the office. I have frequently blogged about not wearing smooth-soled dress cowboy boots while operating a motorcycle. So how was I dressed and what boots did I wear?
For my ride in to the office, I wore thick leather chaps over my dress slacks (not really suit pants because I do not own a suit), and a protective leather jacket. I carefully folded my jacket (not really a suit jacket, but what the yuppies call a “sport coat”) and placed the jacket in a large plastic bag. I put that bag into the TourPak of my Harley. The jacket made it to work just fine — no dirt or wrinkles.
I wore Justin melo veal roper boots both while riding the Harley and whilst wearing the coordinated dress clothes. These boots were very appropriate because they have a rubber tread sole, shine up quite well, and are low-key. As usual, no one said a thing about the boots.
This is how I looked when I was at the briefing (cropped out my boss to my right)…
The photo below was the view out the window of a room in the building where we gave our briefing. The building in the foreground is both an office and a residence. It is among the most photographed buildings in the U.S., yet the west side of it (shown in the photo) is probably the least photographed because you cannot see that side from publicly-accessible areas. The building is painted white for a reason. Enough hints as to what building it is? (No, I did not see that building’s primary resident and office worker).Being able to go there and join in a professional briefing was exciting.
Life is short: love what you do!