October 8, 2007

A man in shorts walks 2 skinny dogs.

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The 2 skinny dogs cringe as 2 men in suits approach. The man in shorts does not register any emotion when a lawprof blogger turns to deplore and photograph.

45 comments:

Hoosier Daddy said...

Hell with the short. That shirt is atrocious.

joeschmo1of3 said...

Ann:

I always get a kick out of how you hate the idea of men wearing shorts. But the man appears to be exercising (somewhat), so what do propose we guys should wear for athletic gear if we have to appear in public?

Mind you, I'm a cyclist comfortable in skin-tight lycra, so I might be a little biased toward showing off my legs. Heh.

Trooper York said...

Stefan Vanderhoof: [talking about the first time he saw Scott showing a dog] They had the same prance, the same rhythm, it was like they were two members of the same body.
Scott Donlan: I knew a guy who had two members on the same body, dated him for about a half hour, got *so* exhausted. I'm sorry, go on, you were telling a story?
(Best in Show 2000)

Jeff with one 'f' said...

When women stop wearing trousers men will return to wearing them full time.

rhhardin said...

Ohio neighbors out walking dogs.

Methadras said...

Out here in San Diego, shorts are a must, but those 2 skinny dogs look like Wippets and Wippets always look like they are cringing.

Roger said...

Perhaps those skinny dogs are trial lawyer hounds and have picked up the scent. (only if those suits are Armani)

former law student said...

Those are indeed whippets (Tramps like us, baby we were born to run -- B. Springsteen 1975).

And I agree that the shirt is a crime against nature. But what's a guy to do, when those are the only shirts in the store?

john said...

Ann,

Do you know whether Michael Reynolds is married? Would it be too forward to ask?

You would make quite a pair, walking the sidewalks of New York, "cluck cluck, click click, deplore, deplore".

Ann, what do you think about sleeveless blouses on middle age women? Is it the wattles or the white powdery splotch in the underarms on a hot day that are most off-putting? Can you photograph some of those too (without, of course, showing the person's face, because that would be inconsiderate)?

hdhouse said...

deploring the two suits is unkind..they might be lawyers.

P. D. "Bo" Steele said...

My miniature bulldog ("Mr. Bo Jangles") would eat those two hounds for breakfast. And he might nip the dude in shorts as well, just for good measure. As for the approaching lawyers, I cannot be held responsible for what he might do.

David said...

Ann, as you are new to the neighborhood, let me remind you that in many circles it's considered rude to post photos of some dude's ass on the public Internet and snark on his clothing choices.

john said...

Truth be know, I kind of like the shirt. I would tuck it in.

El Presidente said...

Awful on so many levels.

I believe they are Italian Greyhounds rather than Whippets. Whippets are larger and 'mas macho'.

At least they aren't wearing matching sweater sets.

Ann Althouse said...

David: His face isn't in the picture. However he may be identifiable to himself and a few others by the dogs and the shirt. That said, he should never, ever wear that shirt again. I think the dogs are nice though. I like skinny dogs. They seem fashionable, even anorexic — which is the opposite of shorts and flow-y shirt wearing.

John: There's a picture of a woman's arm in the Saturday posts. But you will note that I do not mock people for their physical imperfections. My problem with men in shorts isn't that a physical deformity is highlighted, but that they are making themselves look like children.

rastajenk said...

Mock me if you will, but I wear shorts year-round...and I'm in Ohio. Forty, fifty degrees outside - shorts weather. No problem with it whatsoever. I wear shorts on all three of my jobs. Wouldn't want it any other way.

NSC said...

I always enjoy the good Professor's posts about shorts - makes me feel some continuity in life.

Being from the deep South I wear my share of them during the hot summer months, but once fall hits - cooler weather or not - I switch to long pants.

I feel the same way about flip-flops. Grown women shouldn't be wearing them except at the beach or pool. And don't get me started on the horror that are Crocs.

john said...

Thanks Ann! Now I know you MOCK only mental imperfections (bad judgement in attire). But what if he had turned around and confronted you. Would you have apologized? If so, for what?

On another level, what if he grabbed your camera and threw it over the railing or smashed it on the sidewalk? (damn I loved that GF1 wedding scene). Arent you kinda taking a big chance in the city - its not Madison you know.

Ann Althouse said...

"But what if he had turned around and confronted you. Would you have apologized? If so, for what?"

I would have said, "I think your dogs are so cool looking," and he would have believed I was admiring his dogs. I was! It would have been a better picture if he'd been dressed better, but I didn't take the picture because of the way he was dressed, so it would not have been a lie.

"On another level, what if he grabbed your camera and threw it over the railing or smashed it on the sidewalk? (damn I loved that GF1 wedding scene). Arent you kinda taking a big chance in the city - its not Madison you know."

Things like that rarely happen, but I am prepared for random incidents. I've never seen any crimes in New York. Per capita, is it so bad? No one ever picks a fight with me, but I don't point cameras at people when they can tell.

bill said...

P. D. "Bo" Steele said...
My miniature bulldog ("Mr. Bo Jangles") would eat those two hounds for breakfast. And he might nip the dude in shorts as well, just for good measure


Then animal control would take away your dog, you'd be responsible for a couple thousand dollars in legal fees, and Mr. Bo Jangles could most likely be put down.

If you can't control your dog, then you don't deserve it.

titus22 said...

I hate men wearing shorts also.

I thought you were not a big dog fan?

You seem to be fascinated by then since you moved to Brooklyn.

We love our dogs. If you ever see a hot guy walking two clumber spaniels (I have only seen 6 total in the city) it is me. I won't be wearing shorts and won't let you take my picture.

titus22 said...

I just turned on CNN and there have been a ton of murders in the past 24 hours.

titus22 said...

Also some people died in Marathons-young people-very sad.

Trooper York said...

Buck Laughlin: Now tell me, which one of these dogs would you want to have as your wide receiver on your football team?
(Best in Show 2000)

angie said...

The Dane and Rottweiler ahead look like trouble for our two leashed whipped looking hounds. The striped-shirted man can safely camouflage himself sideways in the railing.

Trooper York said...

Bulge: [interrupting Gerry and Cookie in the studio while they're recording] Cookie?
Cookie Fleck: Yeah?
Bulge: Cookie Guggleman?
Cookie Fleck: Yeah. Do I know you?
Bulge: Does this ring a bell?
[singsongs]
Bulge: "I'm not wearing underwear".
Cookie Fleck: Bulge? Get outta town!
(Best in Show 2000)

P. D. "Bo" Steele said...

Bill: why do you assume I can't control my dog? Perhaps I am simply doing humanity a service, whilst putting a foot forward for better taste in men's clothing.

bill said...

P. D. "Bo" Steele said...
Bill: why do you assume I can't control my dog? Perhaps I am simply doing humanity a service, whilst putting a foot forward for better taste in men's clothing.


I apologize. You're a pyschopath who fantasizes about training animals to injure and kill.

I. Thomas said...

After bending over backwards to giving the mean-spirited, often drunk Clarence Thomas every benefit of the doubt and more, Althouse has to scorn something besides Ms. Hill. I know! Someone wearing shorts!!

For someone who shows her flabby arms in public, you have some nerve criticizing that not-flabby man.

ricpic said...

Caption should be:

Johnny Sack's last moment.

Wurly said...

The shirt wouldn't be too bad if he'd just tuck it in and put on a solid-colored crew-neck sweater (and substitute dark-colored jeans or khakis for the shorts).

Trooper York said...

Guy N. Cognito: [comes into Moe's looking exactly like Homer except for a fake-looking moustache and silly voice] Hello! My name is Guy N. Cognito.
Moe: Get out of here, Homer!
[sound of Guy N. Cognito getting beaten up and thrown unconscious into the street]
Homer: [walking along despondent until he stumbles onto Guy N. Cognito] Oh, my God, this man is my exact double!
[a fluffy-tailed small dog walks by]
Homer: That dog has a fluffy tail!
[Homer leaves Guy and starts pursuing the dog]
Homer: Come here, fluff!
(The Simpsons 1989)

tjl said...

"you have some nerve criticizing that not-flabby man."

Not flabby? Maybe it's just the garish horizontal stripes, but he looks rather broad in the beam. He's also not helped by the contrast with the ultra-lean Italian greyhounds.

Trumpit said...

Two identical skinny frightened dogs, two identical men in suits coming towards them, for them...

Althouse is a genius with or without her mighty camera...

Ruth Anne Adams said...

[Channeling Trooper York]
Dustin Hoffman, as Tootsie: Do these horizontal stripes make me look hippy?

SMGalbraith said...

Walking your dog(s) is a clear good faith exception to the Althouse rule against men wearing shorts.

Reasonable person standard, that is.

I'll leave it to others as to whether the Professor is a reasonable person.

(Boy, I just teed it for you ya')

SMG

Ralph said...

Men over 40 no longer care what body parts are visible. Many of us would go naked in the summer if we could (wrestling optional).

SMGalbraith said...

Many of us would go naked in the summer if we could (wrestling optional).

Table for one for Ralph here.

Sure, when you're 20 you worry about what others think about you. Then, at 30 you stop worrying about what others think about you.

And at 40 you find out that no one is really thinking about your anyway.

Still, I'm keeping "Mr. Happy" and his assorted friends undercover.

SMG

Trooper York said...

Garry: He left me with a little something called herpes. Which I then gave to the dog. But thats neither here nor there.
(Old School 2003)

rcocean said...

"Men over 40 no longer care what body parts are visible. Many of us would go naked in the summer if we could (wrestling optional)."

Thats why we're a nation of laws and not of men.

rcocean said...

"After bending over backwards to giving the mean-spirited, often drunk Clarence Thomas every benefit of the doubt and more"

You sound like Nina Totenberg. I just listened to her review of Thomas' book on NPR and I almost died laughing.

Did you know Thomas' is a "Deeply bitter man" full of "Rage" and "Bitter anger"? He is. And he's been that way his entire life. Why he's almost craazzy with anger, per Nina. And for no good reason. Even more puzzling to Nina is his dislike of the US Senators who tried to destroy him. But what are you going do? He's Craazy with deep anger.

This was after I saw the C-span interview with a laughing, jovial, Thomas.

john said...

"Thats why we're a nation of laws and not men."

Best comeback on this thread.

lee david said...

The horizontally striped shirt only makes the guy look more like an overgrown, over weight child. The dogs have been bred into utter uselessness. Must be a sign of the apocalypse Eh?

The suit on the right needs to learn how to buy a shirt with the right length of sleeve. That is a more offensive fashion violation than the schlub with the toy dogs.

Ann Althouse said...

"over backwards to giving the mean-spirited, often drunk Clarence Thomas every benefit of the doubt"

Could you make it any more obvious that you didn't read all my posts about the book? There's plenty of negative in there.

rastajenk said...

Apparently we are a nation o' flaws, not men.