What?! Of course, as you can see from my wondrous author photo, the noted bow tie ensconced beneath my pasty-white mug is quite real, it is color coordinated and I tied it myself. I think every adult male should learn how to tie their own bow tie. But a question was asked, “Dude, you’re from Kentucky, why not the – Colonel Sanders type?” (Ha, ha …)
Okay, a fair question, I shall do my best to respond. IF you have read the ending of my current novel, Fishing for Light, you might note Professor Quan transformed into a rather similar character to Colonel Sander’s appearing at a General Beauregard’s 24 Hour Fried Chicken fast food restaurant. I think a picture of the real General Beauregard would be appropriate to share.
If you have studied the Civil War, General Beauregard fired the first shot at Fort Sumter. The similar mustache and goatee with the General and Colonel created a perfect scene twist just before the nasty, genetic mutant, shape-shifting Ms. Prosperina was about to show up to confront Professor Quan and Captain Lovins. I will discuss the scene another day, but in a sense it is Professor Quan’s opportunity to fully alter Edward’s destiny and fire a warning shot at Ms. Prosperina.
But the similar facial hair was what got my curiosity, and then I learned, I cannot possibly grow a full mustache and goatee and maintain a respectable position within my professional community. And I don’t prefer the Kentucky bow tie because it looks like a uniform that I might get stuck wearing as the general manager at a ubiquitous fast food emporium. No sir! I shall appear modern, and yet still maintain a modicum of dignity. So I wear cool bow ties, and dream of being able to grow a thick mustache and goatee.
And if you want to learn how to tie a bow tie, I have pasted a good You Tube video for your convenience.