There is nothing like getting dressed up for a special occasion.
Last month, my wife and I went to the Mayor’s Education and Charity Ball in Phenix City.
I figured if Eddie Lowe was going to wear a tux, I should probably show up in one, too. OK, I am lying. I thought about putting on a dark suit and a nice tie, but my wife was persistent. She insisted I wear a tux.
So, I wore the tux.
And, you know what? Damn, it felt good. I was all dressed up and even though it was a hot night, it worked. I liked it so much when I got home and one of our dogs -- a 7-pound terrorist disguised as a Chihuahua and named Yoda -- needed to be walked, I walked him.
In full tux.
If you were driving down Broadway a couple of Saturdays ago near Heritage Park and wondered who that fool was walking the Chihuahua after 10 p.m. wearing a tux, wonder no more.
It was me.
Now, that I have wasted your time telling you how good it feels to dress to the nines, I might as well tell you the reason for it.
If you rode through the Historic District last week, you saw a neighborhood in full dress for the Fourth of July. And, damn, it looked good.
The Historic District is a roughly 26-block area that runs from the Ninth Street on the north side to the South Commons; and from the river in the west to Veterans Parkway.
Many of the street sign poles were decked out with red, white and blue bunting. In the spirit of full disclosure, I am on the Historic District Preservation Society board that made the decision to purchase and hang the bunting. I wish I could say it was my idea, but it wasn’t. That credit goes to Dennis Stahl and Fred Greene.
The bunting, in my opinion, was classy. I heard a lot folks, some who live in the neighborhood and others who just walk through on a regular basis, say as much.
But the bunting also did something else. It encouraged those in the Historic District to dress up the old homes. And, if any houses in this town can wear bunting well, it is the homes in the Historic District. The front porches and two-story homes are made for the red, white and blue accessory.
I bet two dozen or more homes in the Historic District were dressed in the bunting. I know a couple of neighbors who were so inspired they went and bought bunting for their homes.
It was that kind of deal. Folks were taking photos of the decked-out homes and posting them on Facebook and other social media.
It feels good to dress up even if you are an old house or a historic neighborhood.