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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 8 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Short Suit with Slouch Socks

 Coming back from my consulting work in Germany, on Wednesday, June 3, 1987, I did guide a Dutch gentleman and friend, Jan Thielen. He had picked me up at my Parents' and we enjoyed the privilege of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines' business class 'Van Gogh' room to relax. A great luxury, due to my courtesy card.

While Pieter was in Australia and New Zealand, I'd also gone the day before, to the cremation of Pieter's former boss, in The Netherlands and met with lots of friends.

Now we landed in Atlanta, and it happened to RAIN so heavily, due to a tropical thunder storm!

Luckily I had stuffed my leather travel bag, with an extra coat, just to fill it up.

Now we each had a coat, for hanging over our head... I used my Burberry trench coat.

We hung the wet coats in the back of the car, over the luggage and drove home.

Jan, politely had asked me to press his business suit as his pants still had gotten the full load from the rain, below the coat...

He was one of our many house guests and he used our guest bedroom.

Next day we all three had breakfast on the patio, and Pieter went with Jan to the Campbell mushroom plant.


Nicely cuffed... The 'Short Suit' click for link
Pieter called me from the Mall in the late afternoon, and asked if I joined them, as Jan wanted to buy a tennis racket for son Ruud.
 At said store, I found myself white slouch socks! As I was wearing in previous post...
Then, I held a pack of black slouch socks up to Jan and said: You ought to buy these, for wearing with your business suit! 



Like this, dress shoes with black slouch socks, as husband Pieter is showing off here.

To Jan I continued: Well... I better tell you the truth now. Those knees were so saggy, I had not succeeded in pressing the middle pleat neatly back again. 
SO, I had to cut them off instead and changed them into some neat short suit pants, again WITH cuff, just like before.
I will NEVER forget Jan's face as he looked at me. He did NOT buy those black slouch socks and he hastily went to have the racket rung up and we went home.
He then did scoot straight from the garage, through our kitchen into the hallway, to his guest bedroom.
I could hear him yell out: HERE IT HANGS, NEATLY PRESSED!
He told me that he believed me, as I told him I'd altered it as it was not possible to modify it.
We all three had a good laugh!
But frankly, I would have loved to pull off this prank, videotaping it, of course.
Next day, I drove with Jan again to the airport in Atlanta and did change his flight from Texas to Florida and brought him to the gate for his departure to Texas.
Went shopping for Pieter at Muses in Lenox Square, Atlanta where I found 3 Burberry polo shirts for Pieter for Father's Day and some Lagerfeld cologne. 

Related link:
{The Short Suit for Men - Now and Back Then} | previous post by me showing husband Pieter and my Dad wearing them!

Mom & Dad's FIRST Flight EVER - Part in KLM's Business Class | previous post by me 

{Part XVI of Husband Pieter's Trip to East Asia - Taipei, Taiwan} | previous post telling about the 9 weeks of Pieter and I on the go, and also having Mom & Dad for 4 weeks in-between!

Visiting A.G. Linfield Mushroom Compost Facility in England | previous post by me

14 comments:

  1. Por aquí, no hay mucha costumbre de usar traje, con pantalones cortos y eso que en verano se suele sobrepasar los 40º.

    Besos

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    1. Querida Antónia,
      La historia no es sobre eso, aquí también es más de 40 grados C en verano. Pero esta es sólo una historia hilarante del traje de un hombre que no pude presionar de nuevo a la decencia después de una tormenta tropical. Le dije que lo había metido en un traje corto... ¡Su expresión nunca olvidaré! Esto es para leer...
      Abrazos,
      Mariette

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  2. Yep, I say the same thing. I've never saw a man wearing slouch socks in a suit manner, but I like it on the slim figure as Peater's, I'm sure it looked great. Alejandro is tall and slim, I will suggest it, lol..
    You are always so full of life and entertaining querida amiga.
    Me he reido mucho con la historia del traje de pantalones cortos ! jajaja
    Abrazos,
    Fabby

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    1. Dearest Fabby,
      Haha, not in reality of course, that was part of my 'prank'...
      But to get some idea, I had Pieter wear my blak slouch socks with his dress shoes.
      Pieter always has looked great in shorts though!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  3. What an amazing and funny story. Thank you so much my friend. Keep smiling, it keeps you young.

    God bless always, Mariette.

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    1. Dearest Victor,
      Well, that is how one brightens even a rainy day... Humor is life's BEST medicine.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  4. Hahaha what a funny episode :-) I wish I could see Jan’s face! Thank you for the smile, Mariette.

    Have a wonderful new week xo

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    1. Dearest Tamago,
      That was a funny episode we both will never ever forget!
      Wanted to share it with his son...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  5. That suit looks like something a news reader in a stinking hot area would wear

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    1. Dearest Jo-Anne,
      Might work but never seen one in real life.
      My gesture was just a kind of a prank...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  6. Outstanding - Need This Today - Many Thanx

    Cheers

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    1. Dearest Travis,
      Thank you and glad I posted this timely for you!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  7. Hello Mariette, I don't know how I missed this post. Something to do with Blogger reader, which lately doesn't always lists new posts in order. I suppose that everyone has those panic moments before logic sets in, but if Jan had known your innate good taste, he would not have been fooled so easily. A short-pants suit these days would be ridiculous, but of course long ago that's what boys wore (and sometimes still for very little boys), until their much-anticipated graduation to "longies."
    --Jim

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      Well, we all are not very happy with the new Blogger version, in many ways that is.
      It made for a good laugh and a happy Jan with his neatly pressed suit. Now one more fond memory.
      In 2014 the short suit made a very brief comeback but it never worked out!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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