Thursday, October 08, 2009

The Over 40 Guide to Survival©

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Shirts are made to be tucked in. If you have a paunch, get used to it. You aren't hiding anything by leaving your tails out.


Get used to hair. More hair on your chest could be a plus. But damn, do something about hair on your ears, in your ears, and shagging out your nostrils!


Learn to iron and care about how you look. Ironing isn't so difficult and here are the major things you need to know. Get an iron capable of making steam. Get a real ironing board and ironing pad (ironimg board cover).

Take a look at your shirts. Set the iron heat to match the material of the shirt (on a color or side tag). Cotton for cotton, polyester for polyester (throw that shit out!). Usually you can get away with ironing a few key places. Iron down the button strips on both sides, using a blast of steam to help. (Hold iron against material and press steam button - read the owners manual).

By the way, the ironing board is shaped like a torpedo for a reason. If you place the collar end of your shirt at the pointy end of the board, everything fits nicely.

So, continuing on with your shirt. After you iron the button strips, iron the front ONLY if it is wrinkled badly. Check the sleeves. They will often need a touchup, especially at the ends. Be sure and line up so a straight line runs from top of shoulder down to cuffs. You may only need to iron the cuffs. Sone short sleeve shirts have cuffs and these often wrinkle.

Lastly, iron the collar. Lift it up flat with back of shirt, lay it out smooth and blast it with steam. Fold collar back into place and press it into place using your iron.

There. Unless your shirt is a total wrinkle ball, then you are ready to head out Looking Good! By the way. If you remove your clothes from the dryer as soon as they are dry, they can be less wrinkled. Hang your shirts on hangers while still warm and button every other button and make sure to button the top button.


An Over Forty Fact of Life: It is hard to find your glasses without your glasses.


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