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Gray is the new Mike

Michael Bennett
From the Publisher

Mike Bennett

"Green Is the New Black Fashion Extravaganza: Down the Rabbit Hole!" a fundraiser for the Carbondale Council of Arts and Humanities is happening this weekend. Kristin Garwood, our goddess of advertising who happens to help the good businesses in Carbondale, told me I've got to come.

Fashion and Mike Bennett? Like my fashions, those words don't blend very nicely.

Years ago, I was thrilled to replace my East Coast pinstripe suits and wingtips with jeans and T-shirts. How can you mess that combo up? My ex-wife used to scold me when I mixed brown clothing with blue … or is that red and turquoise?

It made no difference to me. Hell, I didn't look at myself and was never offended by whatever ensemble I pulled out of the early morning darkness. It's what's inside that counts, right?

"Come on, it's going to be a great time," Kristin cajoled. And it's Carbondale, how could one be self-conscious in a place like Carbondale where nearly anything goes?

Our Glenwood goddess of advertising (they are all magical goddesses in our ad department) also told me I best get a haircut. It's getting kind of long and puffy on the sides, she tells me. This is a hat event so why worry about my hair? It is getting kind of long, and I will be in public, both on official business and for fun. Then again, why put pretenses out there?

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Let me tell you a secret that most people who know me today don't realize. I am extremely shy and introverted despite my demeanor and public face. I'm already dreading having to go out on Friday night. Actually this column is my therapy. It will be OK, I whisper to myself. Once I get there I'll have a blast.

There may be tickets left for this great fundraiser happening at the Carbondale Recreation Center on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. Come on out and support the arts.

And if you make it to the event on Friday night and run into this shaggy, gray-haired publisher, say hello. And please, no comments on my get-up.

Hmmm, what will I wear?

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