The Metropolitan Museum of Art
I adore Madame Gres.
Eleanor, 82, and Ron, 89. Sterle’s Country House. Cleveland, Ohio.
Eleanor: We’re on a date. We’ll eat first, and then we’ll dance. My mother and father were from Czechoslovakia, and our house was always full of music and dancing; we’d dance to anything. Ron’s kind of particular and doesn’t like to polka, but I’ll still dance to anything. My husband passed away 14 years ago, but I wasn’t about to let that slow me down. I still see the hairdresser once a week. It doesn’t matter how old you are, you have to take good care of yourself. I know a lot of people from dancing around, but I’ve never considered myself part of the mainstream. I like to do my own thing and have never had any use for trends. As long as I can stand, I’ll still go out dancing once or twice a week. What else am I going to do?
Ron: I was the vice president of Cleveland Trust, which was once the 18th largest bank in the country. I’ve been coming here forever. It’s one of the finest restaurants in the area, but it recently changed owners, so we’re interested to see how that goes. One thing we have in common is what I guess you’d call older values; we think you should get dressed up if you’re going out for the evening. A lot has changed, obviously. Look at some of these people; they look like they’re going to a dog fight. What can I say, Cleveland’s just like everywhere else. Everything’s been raided, and most of the world I used to know no longer exists.
Two dapper folks dining in my hometown. I almost cried reading this!
“Ron’s kind of particular and doesn’t like to polka, but I’ll still dance to anything.”
“Look at some of these people; they look like they’re going to a dog fight. What can I say, Cleveland’s just like everywhere else. Everything’s been raided, and most of the world I used to know no longer exists.”
The New York Times has a great article about how clothes not only affect the way people perceive us and how we perceive ourselves, but also on how we think:
So scientists report after studying a phenomenon they call enclothed cognition: the effects of clothing on cognitive processes.
It has long been known that “clothing affects how other people perceive us as well as how we think about ourselves,” Dr. Galinsky said. Other experiments have shown that women who dress in a masculine fashion during a job interview are more likely to be hired, and a teaching assistant who wears formal clothes is perceived as more intelligent than one who dresses more casually.
But the deeper question, the researchers said, is whether the clothing you wear affects your psychological processes. Does your outfit alter how you approach and interact with the world? So Dr. Galinsky and his colleague Hajo Adam conducted three experiments in which the clothes did not vary but their symbolic meaning was manipulated.
Read more here.
Confirms a principle I’ve operated upon for years.