What is is about tropical shirts and middle-aged men? I like Hawaiian shirts, but I thought I was the only one. They’re comfortable and they remind me of being on vacation and at the beach. You can’t take yourself too seriously in a tropical shirt.
No one can have too many of them, by the way. One of my favorites is an vintage Hawaiian shirt, probably from the 1950′s, I bought at a thrift shop for six dollars. Another one with an image of propeller airplane landing in the islands reminds me of the cover of Frank Sinatra’s "Come Fly With Me" album.
I’ve instructed my current wife, Ginny, that I’m to be buried in one. (Actually, I’m going to be cremated in one, but you get the point.)
I know I feel a lot better wearing one than I look. Bill Murray and Jim Belushi look reasonably cool in them and that’s about it. But, if you see me wearing a Hawaiian, please compliment me. Play along.
Anyway, I thought I was the only one with a tropical shirt fetish. Then I went my wife’s 40th high school class reunion in Bismarck last summer. (She’s much older than I am.) Every other guy there was wearing one. Go figure.