The Professor is Rowdy, T-Shirts, and Ties…

professor speaks

The professor is feeling very rowdy.

I tell you this plainly, just because such plain things should be plain.

If a plain thing is not plain (like a plain bagel, for instance) it has no right being plain.

Now, I’m rowdy.

Cause I’ve been thinking about this thingy, and you must let me know if I’m thinking rather right.

If a fellow is wearing a t-shirt…is he being classy?

Now, I’m not at all sure what classy is. But is he?

Probably not, I’d say, probably not.

Now, but what if he puts a tie on over the t-shirt?

Ah, instant class.

This is the professor’s theory.

Do you suppose I’m right?

Ah, pure class.

Ah, pure class.

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161 Responses to “The Professor is Rowdy, T-Shirts, and Ties…”


  1. 1 Sonya Solomonovich February 21, 2016 at 21:51

    Do you mean a plain bagel is not plain because it’s so delicious?

    • 2 Professor VJ Duke February 22, 2016 at 14:41

      Yes, that must be it. I mean, I always love plain bagels, don’t you?

      • 3 Sonya Solomonovich February 24, 2016 at 23:30

        I do love plain bagels!

      • 4 Professor VJ Duke February 25, 2016 at 14:42

        Me too. If I was a bagel, that’d be me.

  2. 5 Ms. Vee February 16, 2016 at 22:36

    No!!!

    • 6 Professor VJ Duke February 18, 2016 at 15:04

      But why not?

      • 7 Ms. Vee February 18, 2016 at 19:48

        Because I am a member of the fashion police, and I say so!!!!!!

      • 8 Professor VJ Duke February 19, 2016 at 14:37

        Even if I had a tie clip?

      • 9 Ms. Vee February 19, 2016 at 14:39

        I’d reconsider! LOL. You’re determined aren’t you Professor?

      • 10 Professor VJ Duke February 19, 2016 at 14:40

        Very determined! I should make a vid about it, and you’d see then!

      • 11 Ms. Vee February 19, 2016 at 14:43

        I would love to see!😃😄

      • 12 Professor VJ Duke February 22, 2016 at 14:25

        It would scare you!

      • 13 Ms. Vee February 22, 2016 at 14:44

        I like a good startle every now and then. LOL

      • 14 Professor VJ Duke February 23, 2016 at 13:37

        Yes, me too. Ghosts are good for that sorta thing.

      • 15 Ms. Vee February 23, 2016 at 13:51

        Not Casper. He is the friendly ghost.👻

      • 16 Professor VJ Duke February 24, 2016 at 14:18

        Yes, but he must be a bit angry about dying, you must admit.

      • 17 Ms. Vee February 24, 2016 at 14:20

        I believe he has more fun in his present state…boo!

      • 18 Professor VJ Duke February 24, 2016 at 14:32

        How could he have more fun without legs, tho?

      • 19 Ms. Vee February 24, 2016 at 14:33

        Because he can fly. Much faster and better than walking.

      • 20 Professor VJ Duke February 24, 2016 at 14:34

        That’s a good point. But he’s bald.

      • 21 Ms. Vee February 24, 2016 at 14:35

        That’s ok. Bald is acceptable.

      • 22 Professor VJ Duke February 25, 2016 at 14:22

        Scorpions are bald…

      • 23 Ms. Vee February 25, 2016 at 14:45

        LOL! And deadly.

      • 24 Professor VJ Duke February 25, 2016 at 23:26

        But cool!

      • 25 Ms. Vee February 25, 2016 at 23:30

        As long as they stay in the wilderness.

      • 26 Professor VJ Duke February 25, 2016 at 23:44

        With the buffalo.

      • 27 Ms. Vee February 25, 2016 at 23:48

        Yes that would suit me fine.

      • 28 Professor VJ Duke February 26, 2016 at 14:10

        Me too, I think. I’d ride them a bit.

      • 29 Ms. Vee February 26, 2016 at 14:11

        Would you eat it too?

      • 30 Professor VJ Duke February 26, 2016 at 14:29

        Only if they didn’t feed me, of course.

      • 31 Ms. Vee February 26, 2016 at 16:23

        You are funny Professor!

      • 32 Professor VJ Duke February 29, 2016 at 13:37

        *bows*

      • 33 Ms. Vee February 29, 2016 at 20:31

        😄💙

      • 34 Professor VJ Duke March 1, 2016 at 02:13

        *bows*

      • 35 Ms. Vee March 1, 2016 at 02:16

        You are such a gentleman… At times

      • 36 Professor VJ Duke March 2, 2016 at 19:05

        *laughs* Quite right. I’m not much of one right now, for instance.

      • 37 Ms. Vee March 2, 2016 at 19:44

        Oh goodness. You’re up to no good!😳

      • 38 Professor VJ Duke March 3, 2016 at 14:39

        Always!

      • 39 Ms. Vee March 3, 2016 at 14:43

        😄😄

      • 40 Professor VJ Duke March 3, 2016 at 14:52

        ==]:{)+

  3. 41 L. Marie February 15, 2016 at 14:43

    Um, well if the T-shirt is plain–without an image on it–perhaps it wouldn’t clash too badly with a tie. But a T-shirt with a rude saying or image would need way more than a tie to class it up.

    • 42 Professor VJ Duke February 15, 2016 at 15:24

      A rude saying…like dadblameit? Imagine if you walked about proudly with a t-shirt that had dadblame you on it? Wouldn’t that be cool?

      • 43 L. Marie February 16, 2016 at 14:39

        Um . . . sure. :-)

      • 44 Professor VJ Duke February 18, 2016 at 14:50

        Oh Linda! You know it would be!!

  4. 45 PorterGirl February 15, 2016 at 07:22

    I would say that’s pretty classy, Professor – I like it very much indeed. The black and white combo brings instant class, I say. You will be the finest dressed chap at the wedding, which in itself might cause you to get thrown out. But hey ho!

    • 46 Professor VJ Duke February 15, 2016 at 15:23

      You approve of this? Awesome! I was always thinking that a white tie and black t-shirt would be classy. But it would have to be done right, you know. Not done wrong. Not sure what right is, tho.

      • 47 PorterGirl February 15, 2016 at 15:26

        There’s a whole ‘look’ over here called ‘two tone’ that is exactly that. Popular with ska musicians and the like. I think you can carry it off splendidly!

      • 48 Professor VJ Duke February 16, 2016 at 14:07

        Now what is a ska musician exactly? Sounds like something exotic!

      • 49 PorterGirl February 16, 2016 at 14:13

        Ska is a type of music which I think originated in Jamaica. It is sort of a cross between calypso and jazz / old school rhythm & blues. When I was a youngster ska-punk was popular, an edgier version of the original sound.

      • 50 Professor VJ Duke February 18, 2016 at 14:48

        Oh coolio. It sounds like neat music, overall. I’m thinking the sound would’ve been really innovative–at the time.

      • 51 PorterGirl February 18, 2016 at 14:53

        Yes, very unusual at the time. It’s kinda funky, over all.

      • 52 Professor VJ Duke February 18, 2016 at 15:06

        Ah! I do love funk. It’s very good stuff.

      • 53 PorterGirl February 18, 2016 at 15:08

        I absolutely adore funk-bass. It’s the coolest thing.

      • 54 Professor VJ Duke February 19, 2016 at 14:27

        Isn’t it? I imagine it’s so fun to play. I’d like to do more funk-guitar, in fact. Do you think the BeeGees are funk?

      • 55 PorterGirl February 20, 2016 at 12:43

        You would do a wonderful funk-guitar, I would love to hear that! Yes I would say they do have funk roots, definitely.

      • 56 Professor VJ Duke February 22, 2016 at 14:37

        I’ve decided I’m going to join Alice Cooper’s band for a year or two as a one of his guitar players. *nods*

      • 57 PorterGirl February 22, 2016 at 14:48

        Great plan! Will you wear a special outfit for it?

      • 58 Professor VJ Duke February 23, 2016 at 13:39

        Oh, absolutely! Paint my eyes black. Maybe red shoes. Fake tattoos. A long earring. That sorta thing. He’d love me.

      • 59 PorterGirl February 23, 2016 at 13:55

        That does sound pretty incredible. Especially the shoes.

      • 60 Professor VJ Duke February 24, 2016 at 14:19

        *laughing* That’d be hilarious.

  5. 61 Simply Skeptical February 13, 2016 at 15:46

    Ahh… think of it this way Prof. “class” comes from within not without. Discernment, good breeding & proper etiquette are just a few of the attributes that describe this term. Good example: Mr. Darcy don’t you know.?. :-)

    • 62 Professor VJ Duke February 15, 2016 at 15:21

      Darby? But didn’t he insult Lizio once upon a dream? She didn’t think he was bred well! Now, that’s a thing. I never thought about Darby being bred. But it makes sense. I bet he was bred at a pig farm.

  6. 63 Jackie February 13, 2016 at 13:34

    Classy comes from within you not from what you are wearing. At least that is the way I see it.

    • 64 Professor VJ Duke February 15, 2016 at 15:20

      *nods* Very sensical, Jackie, very true, too. Well…dadblame the tie then!

      • 65 Jackie February 15, 2016 at 19:26

        Yes indeed! Dadblamet all to heck!

      • 66 Professor VJ Duke February 16, 2016 at 14:12

        And a few times too!!

      • 67 Jackie February 16, 2016 at 18:30

        Yeah!!

      • 68 Professor VJ Duke February 18, 2016 at 14:57

        *nods*

  7. 69 walt walker February 13, 2016 at 04:37

    Well, a plain bagel is plain, though, isn’t it? I mean, I think you meant that maybe if an everything bagel were to proclaim itself plain, it would have no right. Am I making the sense? I’ve confused myself, I think. What I mean is, there ARE everything bagels, and they are not plain, nor could they be, even if they wished. It makes some sense to me, anyway. Oh dear…

    • 70 Professor VJ Duke February 15, 2016 at 15:19

      *laughs* But what if someone took a rake to an everything bagel? And raked all the little seeds off? Wouldn’t that make it plain?

      • 71 walt walker February 15, 2016 at 19:24

        Impossible. A bagel is much smaller than a rake. You’d have to have a trailer full of bagels to rake them. And that would be interesting, as opposed to plain.

      • 72 Professor VJ Duke February 16, 2016 at 14:12

        No, no, I’m talking about one of those HUGE bagels you see on the paintings in Einstein Bros. You know the ones?

      • 73 walt walker February 16, 2016 at 14:20

        Oh. Raking one of those would take some work.

      • 74 Professor VJ Duke February 18, 2016 at 14:49

        And might ruin a wall, too.

  8. 75 John W. Howell February 12, 2016 at 22:55

    I would say a tie with a T-shirt is the opposite of class. Either wear the tie or the T-shirt. Not both.

    • 76 Professor VJ Duke February 15, 2016 at 15:13

      Goodness. Just the tie? Imagine what that might look like…

      • 77 John W. Howell February 15, 2016 at 17:32

        Would be a statement.

      • 78 Professor VJ Duke February 16, 2016 at 14:10

        A vicious one. You go first, the sudden.

      • 79 John W. Howell February 16, 2016 at 14:11

        No please. After you. I insist.

      • 80 Professor VJ Duke February 16, 2016 at 14:13

        Well, you give it a go a split second before me. How’s that?

      • 81 John W. Howell February 16, 2016 at 22:06

        Done.

      • 82 Professor VJ Duke February 18, 2016 at 15:03

        Perfect. No turning back now.

      • 83 John W. Howell February 18, 2016 at 22:35

        Nope.

      • 84 Professor VJ Duke February 19, 2016 at 14:38

        Now look what you’ve done to us.

      • 85 John W. Howell February 19, 2016 at 22:01

        I know another fine kettle of fish we are into.

      • 86 Professor VJ Duke February 22, 2016 at 14:35

        We should just catch the fish and eat them.

      • 87 John W. Howell February 22, 2016 at 17:38

        Rather than sit in them.

      • 88 Professor VJ Duke February 23, 2016 at 13:45

        *laughs* Right. It makes more sense.

      • 89 John W. Howell February 23, 2016 at 13:59

        Smells better too.

      • 90 Professor VJ Duke February 24, 2016 at 14:21

        Very good point. And smell is important, after all.

      • 91 John W. Howell February 24, 2016 at 16:37

        Yes. L’eau de poisson is not so pleasant.

      • 92 Professor VJ Duke February 25, 2016 at 14:32

        Ooo, that’s a fancy cool way of saying it…

      • 93 John W. Howell February 25, 2016 at 19:57

        Thank you.

  9. 94 Heartafire February 12, 2016 at 22:29

    Professor, I thought we already discussed the clothing issue. ditch the tie, its all about attitude. :)

    • 95 Professor VJ Duke February 15, 2016 at 15:12

      But doesn’t the tie lend attitude? *poses*

      • 96 Heartafire February 15, 2016 at 15:30

        good point. Perhaps a tie pin as well. Laughs so hard!

      • 97 Professor VJ Duke February 16, 2016 at 14:07

        Yes! Pinned right to my shirt. I should make a video about this, don’t you say?

      • 98 Heartafire February 16, 2016 at 16:16

        I definitely think we are due for a video. Get out the guitar young man.

      • 99 Professor VJ Duke February 18, 2016 at 14:53

        That or a professorish video?

      • 100 Heartafire February 18, 2016 at 15:25

        That would be great. Don’t forget your tie pin. :)

      • 101 Professor VJ Duke February 19, 2016 at 14:29

        I’ll clip it…to…to…what should I clip it to?

      • 102 Heartafire February 19, 2016 at 16:48

        Got any piercings ?

      • 103 Professor VJ Duke February 22, 2016 at 14:30

        Nah…you?

      • 104 Heartafire February 22, 2016 at 14:31

        No. Rats and a heifer.

      • 105 Professor VJ Duke February 22, 2016 at 14:43

        That’s a perfect swear word.

      • 106 Heartafire February 22, 2016 at 15:27

        I could get a tattoo, no one could stop me, this is America…right?

      • 107 Professor VJ Duke February 23, 2016 at 13:42

        *laughs* Well, someone might try and stop you. Maybe an officer. What would the tattoo be?

      • 108 Heartafire February 23, 2016 at 13:49

        Those officers need to stay out of my tattoo biz. I might get a Katana on my shoulder. What do you think?

      • 109 Professor VJ Duke February 23, 2016 at 13:51

        Oh, that’s cool. But what if you want to wash it off someday? See. Too permanent.

      • 110 Heartafire February 23, 2016 at 14:49

        maybe I will get a stick on for special occasions, Tinkerbell. :)

      • 111 Professor VJ Duke February 24, 2016 at 14:22

        Me?! Tinkerbell?! I think not, madam!

      • 112 Heartafire February 24, 2016 at 16:17

        Not you, me! settle down.

      • 113 Professor VJ Duke February 25, 2016 at 14:31

        *sighs lots*

      • 114 Heartafire February 25, 2016 at 14:58

        :)

  10. 115 Debbie February 12, 2016 at 19:17

    Um, you’re teasing us, right? I mean, gee, putting a tie over a t-shirt and calling it classy? *hunches shoulders and makes sad moaning sound* What are we to do with you, Professor? Now, if you want to be classy, drape a blazer over that t-shirt and skip the tie. That ought to get you into most any place!

    • 116 Professor VJ Duke February 12, 2016 at 21:05

      Ahh, the blazer! But…what if it’s too hot for a blazer? Does that mean only ties and dress shirts work? This is so not fair, the sudden. I bet Domer would agree with me!

      • 117 Debbie February 13, 2016 at 00:44

        Domer probably would, Professor! Even in his work, he doesn’t need to get all “slicked up” with suit and tie — who invented ties, anyway? A beastly contraption, if you ask me!!

      • 118 Professor VJ Duke February 15, 2016 at 15:13

        They’re horrid! I mean, who wraps ropes around one’s neck? *gags* I bet some girl invented it!!

  11. 119 Haylee February 12, 2016 at 17:49

    “Cause we can’t take our eyes off the t-shirt and ties combination. Well, see you later, innovator!”

    One of my favourites songs… Says it all really ;) (Just add ‘guy liner’…)

    • 120 Professor VJ Duke February 12, 2016 at 21:03

      That’s a song! Aha, then it must be fine to wear! I say, Haylee, you should get one, too. They’re really fun.

      • 121 Haylee February 12, 2016 at 22:02

        I’ll stick to my dresses, I think. Besides, I can’t be splashing out on new garments, I’m buying a cello tomorrow. Maybe. Shall I? The Professor likes his music I believe.

      • 122 Professor VJ Duke February 15, 2016 at 15:11

        A cello!!! Yes, absolutely!! I didn’t know you played. Coolio. Did you get it?

      • 123 Haylee February 15, 2016 at 15:15

        I don’t. And I didn’t. But I shall tomorrow (Mr. Music Man apparently does not reopen until then 😔)
        The children learn at school so I’ve been on a 4 year loop of learning the basics. Thought I’d challenge myself and see if I can learn more – so I’ll not buy one outright just yet. Not until I’ve at least mastered Twinkle little star…

      • 124 Professor VJ Duke February 15, 2016 at 15:26

        This is so epically cool! That’s a good one to master. It’s so much fun to play, too. Goodness. Now you have me all jumpy and excited.

      • 125 Haylee February 15, 2016 at 15:31

        Yay for excitement! I’ll be sure to post some pictures and if I’m brave enough, I may even get around to sharing progress on that YouTube thing. Then perhaps you can critique me and offer professor-ish advice :)

      • 126 Professor VJ Duke February 16, 2016 at 14:08

        I’d love to see pics! Well, I can’t really critique you, but I can encourage! The cello is an awesome instrument. Not as awesome as the guitar is, you must understand.

      • 127 Haylee February 16, 2016 at 14:16

        I understand your, naturally, biased opinion! I got it about an hour ago 😊👏🏼 There’s an introductory pic on Twitter. I’m now practising – hand hurts. MUST RELAX MY BOW HOLD!!

      • 128 Professor VJ Duke February 18, 2016 at 14:49

        So, are you still enjoying it? You could be like 2Cello in no time!

      • 129 Haylee February 18, 2016 at 16:39

        Haha, hardly! Although I appreciate the optimism 😊 But yes, I’m still enjoying it, despite sounding awful! Basic 4 notes – nailed it. Anything beyond…hmmm. I’ll keep you posted!

      • 130 Professor VJ Duke February 19, 2016 at 14:32

        *Laughs* Yes, please. Be patient! One day, things will start to just…fall into place. It’s so cool you’re playing! What inspired you to pick it up?

      • 131 Haylee February 19, 2016 at 14:56

        Watching the children at school. External
        music teachers come in but encourage the class teachers to take part so they can assist. So after four years of dabbling (and I just love the sound) I thought, why not? You already know how faddy I am… Hopefully I can persevere with this!

      • 132 Professor VJ Duke February 22, 2016 at 14:25

        You must persevere with this! They’ll give you medals, I’m sure.

  12. 133 Amanda Lyle February 12, 2016 at 17:26

    Yep! Totally classy. 👍

    • 134 Professor VJ Duke February 12, 2016 at 20:58

      Yay! *dances about* I’m going to a wedding like this…hope I don’t get thrown out. I’ll tell them you gave it your seal of approval.

      • 135 Amanda Lyle February 12, 2016 at 21:04

        Good luck! Hopefully you don’t get dis-invited. :-o

      • 136 Professor VJ Duke February 12, 2016 at 21:05

        Bah, I’ll just stick about anyway. Until I get thrown out.

      • 137 Amanda Lyle February 12, 2016 at 21:06

        Free food and alcohol, right? I’d probably do the same!

      • 138 Professor VJ Duke February 15, 2016 at 15:10

        It doesn’t get better. Unless they throw in a cherry cigar.

  13. 139 desertdweller29 February 12, 2016 at 16:09

    You need a tuxedo t-shirt…takes care of all your formal and informal needs. If you can buy it at a kiosk, I say ironically classy is enough.

    • 140 Professor VJ Duke February 12, 2016 at 20:56

      What a great idea! Are there such things? Get me three for Christmas, please, DD.

      • 141 desertdweller29 February 12, 2016 at 22:11

        You got it!

      • 142 Professor VJ Duke February 15, 2016 at 15:11

        *smiles bigger than…ever!*

  14. 143 Susan P February 12, 2016 at 16:00

    Did you cut a bit of the fabric?

    • 144 Professor VJ Duke February 12, 2016 at 20:56

      Nah. I decided not to. But I was tempted, you know.

      • 145 Susan P February 13, 2016 at 02:23

        Well, that is a shame.

      • 146 Professor VJ Duke February 15, 2016 at 15:18

        I could’ve made a cape out of it, it’s true.

      • 147 Susan P February 15, 2016 at 20:59

        It is never too late.

      • 148 Professor VJ Duke February 16, 2016 at 14:12

        I’ve always wanted a cape, you know. But not a pink one.

      • 149 Susan P February 16, 2016 at 14:33

        I would lend you mine that was made in Portugal but I’m worried about what you might do with it. I mean, what if you poured one of your wicked potions on it?

      • 150 Professor VJ Duke February 18, 2016 at 14:49

        Well, I wouldn’t do that. Unless I got permission to do it, see. I’m a generous chap that way. Now give it here!

      • 151 Susan P February 18, 2016 at 14:55

        I think you should just go to Portugal and order it yourself. They are made to the user. I’d begin in Nazaré.

      • 152 Professor VJ Duke February 18, 2016 at 15:06

        Are they superhero like? I’m so tempted to get a cape.

      • 153 Susan P February 18, 2016 at 15:25

        Well, I don’t know about that, but they are warm and cozy. And they make you feel amazing.

      • 154 Professor VJ Duke February 19, 2016 at 14:29

        Does Harry have one?

      • 155 Susan P February 20, 2016 at 14:22

        Harry is already warm and cozy.

      • 156 Professor VJ Duke February 22, 2016 at 14:39

        Like…a bear!

      • 157 Susan P February 22, 2016 at 14:40

        EXactly]

  15. 158 FictionFan February 12, 2016 at 15:11

    *shakes head sadly* Poor Professor! Never mind! You’re a man, after all, so it’s only to be expected really…

    The question is – can a plane be plain? *Imagines Prof trying to put a tie on a plane and shakes head sadly again*

    • 159 Professor VJ Duke February 12, 2016 at 20:55

      What’s wrong? Oh, you don’t approve of my wonderful…dress sense. It is wonderful, you know. A bit odd, but wonderful, nonetheless.

      *laughs* That’s a great question. It’s a bit befuddling, too. I think you’ve been hanging out with Shnod!

      • 160 FictionFan February 13, 2016 at 01:54

        Dress sense! Ah yes, those were (almost) the words I was searching for! But the thing is we know that really the Professor has wonderful dress sense – the waistcoat gave that secret away! Either that, or he has someone very talented choosing his wardrobe… *considers Tick but dismisses the thought*

        *shrieks* Not Shnoddy! You can’t compare me to that befuddled old fool!!

      • 161 Professor VJ Duke February 15, 2016 at 15:14

        Haha. Poor Tick. That’s part of my great dress sense, for sure. But see, somedays the sense gets a little more sensical. That’s when ties and t-shirts happen. Isn’t that something?

        But he is Scottish…


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