It’s finally hit me how much there is to do before departing for Washington and A-100 training. I’m a big believer in lists — what’s more satisfying than checking things off? Unfortunately, for every item I check off, three new things occur to me to get done in the next six weeks. Cleaning things around the house, deciding what things I’ll need/want in DC and the first tour, finding a place to live, determining whether to sell my car or drive cross-country, wrapping up the photography business, etc. The latest addition to the list: clothes.
Over two years ago, I traded my briefcase and suits in for a camera and jeans. Days spent sitting in offices, conference rooms, and courtrooms turned into days standing in dugouts, laying down in end zones, and kneeling court-side. I was dreading the prospect of trying on those old suits and shirts, figuring far too many ballpark hot dogs and media tent pasta lunches would require the services of a very talented tailor.
Surprisingly, the suits (and even my tux) actually fit pretty well. My favorite was just plain wore out and had to be retired, but the others will work. After a recon trip to Brooks Brothers, however, I discovered my closet was looking a bit dated. Ties and lapels have narrowed and pants are no longer pleated. Apparently, I’ll be wearing suits everyday at A-100 training and then, depending on the post, most days on the job. After a lengthy trip to Nordstrom’s Rack, the wardrobe is a little more balanced and updated with the addition of my first cold-weather suit since I started practicing law in Boston in ’92.
Another item checked off the list. Only 38, oops, 41, to go….