April 29, 2006

God bless the man...

... who chaperoned a gaggle of teenagers in Boston's Public Garden today and wore an utterly self-abnegating sweater, so that the kids who seemed only to disrespect him would be able to find him easily in case they got a little lost.

Man in a ridiculous sweater

21 comments:

Jennifer said...

Both your photo caption "Man in a ridiculous sweater" and the expression on the pink shirted girl's face are hilarious.

What a guy! You gotta love it.

Brendan said...

Too fruity.

Dave said...
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Ann Althouse said...

Sorry, you shouldn't say such things.

Truly said...

I wonder whether Sourpuss-Girl is his daughter?

I agree, very brave--although my dad always seemed to take great pleasure in embarrassing me when I was a teen. Maybe it's some kind of parental payback?

Ann Althouse said...

I think the kids were perfectly nice kids, maybe a little embarrassed to be seen with him. They kept calling out "Hey, you in the shirt." But I think it was actually a very un-dysfunctional group. The girl on the right reminds me a little of Joan of Arcadia -- acting like a teenager, but on some level loving the protective adults in her life. The boys to the left seem the same way. The guy in the sweater: I just love him!

CB said...

un-dysfunctional? Wouldn't "functional" be the non-incorrect word here?

CB said...

un-dysfunctional? Wouldn't "functional" be the non-incorrect word here? :)

CB said...

oops--comment looked too snarky, so I hit "stop" & added the smiley--not quick enough o_0

Ann Althouse said...

CB: I considered "functional" and rejected it.

Dawn said...

I was wondering what Paul Schaefer was up to on his weekends away from Letterman. Now we know.

Velobiff said...

MMMM, are you still there? In the corner of the Garden nearest the "Cheers Bar" actually The Hampshire House there is a small fountain with a women's figure it is small but if you look closely you will see that it is Betty Davis..she grew up near Boston

stealthlawprof said...

It reminds me of the high school football coach I knew who wore a bright pink shirt on the sidelines so his players could find him in the sea of faces. It worked. No one ever had trouble finding him on the sidelines.

David Blue said...

This is a beautiful scene, and that guy's a champ. Thanks for posting that picture.

I have a friend who in a situation like that would wear a rainbow-coloured top hat that he keeps for just such occasions. He thinks that if it's silly and it works, it's not silly. He's right.

Synova said...

Non-dysfuctional is an excellent term. I think it illustrates quite well the way that we view dysfunctionality as the normal state.

bearbee said...

The girl seems to find amusing whatever sweater guy is saying.

What is with the boy in the center drinking from what appears to be a bottle in a brown bag?

David said...

Necessity is the mother of invention! This guy knows what he is doing, teaching the kids to not take themselves too seriously!

Tonya said...

I used to have a bright yellow sweatshirt emblazoned on the front with the words Et Vous Circus and a large picture of a colorful rooster. It was similarly ridiculous and, throughout my 20s, I wore it proudl (usually alond with a pair of bright yellow corduroy capri pants).

I only wish I still had that sweatshirt because I'd wear it the next time I go along with my middle-schooler's class on a field trip.

Dawn said...

Tonya, I too have a middle-schooler, and just wearing a pair of jeans that she thinks look ridiculous on me is enough to embarass her.

24 more days of 7th grade....*sighs*

Maxine Weiss said...

Ok, now I have to know what Dave said?

Censorship? From a Republican/Libertarian/Whatever....Law Professor?

I am surprised.

I wanna know what he said. I can take it. Smelling salts in hand. Drumroll.....

Tell us...

Peace, Maxine

Ann Althouse said...

Think about the context, Maxine. But if you really want to know, email me.