October 26, 2010

Dead Man's Drawers

In addition to sitting here, checking my email and sipping a cup of coffee, I'm wearing a dead man's underwear.

Wait. I'm not a sick freak. Okay I probably am but not for that reason. Let me explain.

Before he died my uncle enjoyed shopping. A lot. It didn't hurt that the neighborhood he lived in was literally surrounded by high-end stores like Tiffany and Saks and Neiman Marcus. When he died he left behind a haul from Brooks Brothers - new shirts, a pair of ridiculously expensive shoes and several new pairs of boxers still wrapped up in plastic.

Now, Dick was a little hunched over in his old age but he and I were somewhat the same size. So I took the shirts and boxers (it was obvious that the shoes weren't going to fit - Dick had tiny feet) with me when we cleared out his place. The shirts were gorgeous, high-end button down shirts. And while the neck size was right, the sleeves made it look as though I'd just thrown on something of Owen's. Not a good look for me and surprising given Dick's prowess as a boxer. All was not lost. As it turns out, Dick and I had the same waist size.

Which is how I find myself wearing a dead man's boxers.

If you knew my family, you'd understand that this is really all par for the course. We're a little odd, us Cactuses. But we've got plenty of underwear.

Posted by Chris at October 26, 2010 7:00 AM

I love me some hand me downs, especially when they're brand new and high end. Oooh la la, fancy pants.

Posted by: Nila at October 26, 2010 8:20 AM

Small world. I'm wearing my dead aunt's panties.

Posted by: Marshall Karp at October 26, 2010 8:30 AM

And I'm wearing my late uncle's Italian loafers. The man was thrifty in a lot of ways, but he loved quality footwear.

Posted by: J at October 26, 2010 8:44 AM

I'm sorry your uncle passed away. :(
but please... pretty pretty please post the google search results you get from "dead man's underwear".


Posted by: jessica at October 26, 2010 10:22 AM

Good quality underware is expensive, even if it is from a dead man. Uncle Dick would probably get a kick out of you wearing it.

Posted by: kali at October 26, 2010 12:58 PM

I would totally wear previously-unworn dead lady underwear. Especially if it's pretty. And it fits. Okay, it just has to be pretty.

Posted by: Sarah at October 26, 2010 6:01 PM

i second jessica. hahaha!

Posted by: kati at October 26, 2010 10:39 PM

Love this one!....and again...may your uncle rest in peace...

Posted by: Lujza at October 27, 2010 12:06 AM

Nice to know your Uncle Dick's good taste wasn't just tossed. We need reminders of how special family is. Love that you got his shirts and even his underwear.

Posted by: One Mom's Opinion at October 27, 2010 4:04 PM

Hmm, my son has rather short arms. Can I take them off your hands for postage, and a contribution to your favorite charity? He wears a medium, but his sleeve length is 32.....

Posted by: rcat at October 27, 2010 8:24 PM