These last few months of the semester have been a rough ride for me. The “end” is in sight, but I’m drawing on those last stores of energy to get through. I cannot wait to be with my family and spend time in the mountains over break. Betwixt such daydreams and the next installment of my Ph.D. Reading List and corresponding rationale . . .

Today is National Day of Tango (Día Nacional del Tango) in Buenos Aires, honoring two of Argentina’s greats: Carlos Gardel and Julio de Caro. I’ve been listening to “Volver” and “Por una cabeza” all morning. I hope you’ll join me.


Ok, so I’m learning how to be a proper passenger on a scooter so that I don’t make my driver friend crazy. But oooooh wouldn’t I love to ride one of these! Let’s be real, it’s all about the flash factor.

I have a tendency to stare at strangers, mostly checking out their bikes or ties. I have sincere tie envy. I am particularly fond of these dapper bow ties that are increasingly more visible around town. My appreciation for the well-fastened bow soon fades to puzzlement as I imagine how I could incorporate one into my style?! What pattern(s), material(s), and size must I consider? Additionally, I have no idea how the heck to tie one, and a clip-on just won’t do.

Fear knot! (Couldn’t help it.) I found a “how to tie a bow tie” video that is one part Amélie, one part whimsy, and downright educational. Now all that’s left for me to do is find the perfect tie . . .

“How to Tie a Bow Tie” by Keith Paugh

Additionally, I offer a clever and sexy (albeit slightly gratuitous) video on tying the bow’s lankier cousin:

“Knot Yourself”, by Alexander Olch and

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