The act of tying a tie is a simple one — and also a pain for those of us who toil in jobs where we still are expected to wear a piece of fabric cinched around our necks — but that doesn’t make its successful accomplishment any less satisfying.
For most of us unfortunates, the act of tying your tie to get ready for work is as rote as tying your shoe or starting the car in the morning. The process is so automatic and ingrained you don’t even think about the individual steps.
II don’t know the name of my tie-knotting technique and whether it produces a Windsor knot, a Four-in-hand, or something else. I just know that the chosen cravat is placed over my shoulders with the wide end on one side and the narrow on the other, and the relative length of each is adjusted by instinct. The wide end then is looped around the narrow, popped through a hole directly under my chin, and flopped on top of the narrow end and drawn down to make a reasonably acceptable knot. The last step is to tug down the narrow end until the gap between the tie and the shirt collar is closed and the button is no longer visible. Voila!
If I can accomplish this and avoid the dreaded “Oliver Hardy” look — where the narrow end is longer than the wide end, which ends up flapping forlornly on the belly — while also having the wide end reach belt level, the operation was a success. Extra points if I meet those goals and also produce the perfectly centered dimple.
It’s the little things, especially on a Thursday morning.