Monday, December 30, 2013

Riddle: How Is Richie Like JFK?

If you said, "A good head of hair!"  Wrong.  If you said, "Both Irish Catholics"  Wrong. 

Both are/were married to international beauties whose wit was celebrated world-wide, well, you'd be closer..  But it's a very simple thing. 

Both are/were clothes horses in their own ways.  Jack Kennedy changed clothes from the skin out four to six times a day.  He got up, bathed, dressed and went to the office.  He had a pre-lunch swim then showered and dressed again. He had a 45-minute nap.   He then had an afternoon swim; same routine.  If he was going to or hosting a social event, showered and dressed in evening wear. 

While no less ambitious, Richie's articles of clothing are on a decidedly lower scale...When he gets up, he pulls on sweat pants and a t-shirt, brings in the papers and has breakfast.  he then changes into his gym shorts and yesterday's t-shirt.  Post gym, he showers and it's back to sweatpants and a new t-shirt.

If we then go out to run errands, he changes the sweat pants for jeans and when we get home, off with the jeans and back into the sweats. 

I have spent a good portion of daylight time telling him to just get dressed after your shower and stay dressed, but to no avail.  

The book is a good read and full of telling details of daily life for the famous couple.  Mrs. Kennedy had a grilled cheese sandwich and he had a medium-rare hamburger for lunch most days.  He also ate two soft-boiled eggs, bacon, toast and coffee every morning.  I'm surprised high cholesterol didn't get him before Lee Harvey Oswald did.

"These Few Precious Days - the Final Year of Jack with Jackie" by Christopher Andersen   Gallery Books   324 pages   $27

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