i’ve changed… i don’t know me anymore..

Some of you may recall the ‘Great Man-scarf Fiasco of 2010’.. Last year, we were in Melbourne for the AIPP (Australian Institute for Professional Photographers), annual awards..  It was winter..  It was cold..

I live in Brisbane.. There seriously is no need for any real winter clothing in my day to day existence..  While in Melbourne last winter, I noticed an abundance of fine fellows sporting the man-scarf, & commented (via online social networking channels), on the fact that although the temperatures were cold(ish), I didn’t feel the need for a man-scarf, but still felt the pressure to purchase one to be cool.. (and warm) – a very ‘should I stay or should I go now’ moment..

Over the following couple of days, I received an avalanche of comments & recommendations from many fashion-conscious friends/observers/authorities – from “Do it.. you’ll never look back!”, to.. “If you get a man-scarf, I will dis-own you as my 5th grade boyfriend! no man-scarf!”..

I advised the people of Earth-World to “cool their jets”, as I concluded that I shall remain man-scarfless & that I couldn’t do it – even though many of the ‘cool kids’ were into it – & that I was comfortable with who I am.. a man with no scarf..

Well, I remain very comfortable with who I am, but as you can see, I clearly have broken on through to the other side..  It would be easy for me to enter the world of man-scarf under the guise of necessity, (I’m here in Takayama Japan with typical temperature forecasts with a min. -10 & a max. -2 degrees C), but honestly, I must confess that I dig the man-scarf..  It’s awesomeness is wide & varied.. It gave me a great excuse to purchase a nice hat to match.. It makes me feel distinguished & much more important than I actually am..  All I need now is my smoking pipe & jacket, & some other scarf-wearing gentlemen.. We can talk about grown-up things like politics and investments..

It also keeps my neck very warm..

So…  turns out that all I needed was a little push…  I must dedicate this most honest of blog posts, to two people.. (1) my dear friend Ms Polkadot.   She sent me this scarf in the mail a couple of weeks before I left for Japan..  Ms P, I salute your fashion wisdom..  and (2) my 5th grade girlfriend, Aimee.. (it wasn’t you, it was me)..

(image by Alyda McGaw)..

Interesting fact #682.. my first ever girlfriend Aimee, (5th grade), & my last ever girlfriend/now current wife** Alyda, share the same birth date (different year)..  crazy.

**yes, there were relationships in between..

posted by : the most honest of Todds..

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8 March 2011 - 7:34 pm

alex I just got back from Japan, and your photos have just confirmed my memories. Thank you.

4 February 2011 - 7:30 am

tahlee I la la la la love it! The scarf and the photo.

3 February 2011 - 3:37 pm

Stew Hot photo Lades! You look pretty good too Toddy… it looks like you’ve been a scarf man for years mate :D

2 February 2011 - 7:42 am

Tina Bingham yeah Alyda..cool shot. Wow you guys would have had a great time x

1 February 2011 - 4:27 pm

Pobsicle holy hot man, batman! ladylades: ZING! :)

1 February 2011 - 12:00 am

Jono hehehe… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36a6KI6o9VY no but seriously I have sported the man-scarf before. I’ve even been pulled over by the cops while sporting a man-scarf, I got no fine or loss of points. Was it the scarf???? or was it that I wasn’t actually doing anything wrong…

31 January 2011 - 11:07 pm

Kelly Tunney Ahhh, it’s all been said so where do I go from here….? you look really nice Todd

31 January 2011 - 9:36 pm

starrman Love the shot A!! I always thought scarfs were asexual. I wear Sals scarfs all the time….mmm come to think of it same goes for her underwear :) better not take fashion advice off me. You look cool in the hat though.

31 January 2011 - 7:15 pm

Polka Dot Bride A post dedicated to me the McGaws blog?You just made my year guys and it’s only January!

He who doth protest too much receive secret man scarf package in mail!

I must say though, I think you should be man scarf ambassador- you wear it so well!

31 January 2011 - 4:59 pm

hailey shhh beautiful!! You do look oh so trendy and more distinguished and I think pick up a pipe is an excellent idea!!

31 January 2011 - 2:51 pm

Gemma Carr The metro-morphysis has begun. Is that a man bag I see in your future?
Hot photo Alyda!

31 January 2011 - 12:39 pm

Alex All you need now is a Man Bag and then the journey will be complete. ;)

31 January 2011 - 11:59 am

mysweetmuse HOLY HOTNESS HOTCAKES!!!!!! I TOOOOLD you you’d look awesome in one….very yumyum!

31 January 2011 - 11:52 am

Steve Elmer You know that you have to raise your pinky finger high when you sip from any drinking vessel now :P looking smooth brotha ;)

31 January 2011 - 11:51 am

Julian Beattie Freaking rad!

31 January 2011 - 11:48 am

Lisa C Very nice Todd and a gorgeous photo Alyda (she definitely deserves a mention!) xxx

31 January 2011 - 11:40 am

Dan O’Day Welcome friend….. welcome

31 January 2011 - 11:18 am

Nicola Man scarf gets 2 thumbs up!

31 January 2011 - 11:08 am

Nic Duncan Big thumbs up for the man scarf :-)

31 January 2011 - 10:41 am

Matt and Katie | Photographers In other news, scientists in Japan narrow down the cause of global warming to just one man.

31 January 2011 - 10:09 am

Aimee Harris Wow Todd, I am honoured to have received a mention in your blog. My god, you have grown up to be not only a very talented man but funny too!! Ok, I was anti-scarf but I have to say you’ve come up trumps! Love the pic and when I go to Melbourne next winter I will try and pursuade my fashion prodigy that is my husband to give the man-skarf a crack!! Aimee x

31 January 2011 - 10:03 am

Ben That’s a nice look my good man !

31 January 2011 - 9:42 am

Melinda Politics and investments… and world affairs whilst aboard a yacht. Being “refined” suits you, Todd.

31 January 2011 - 9:39 am

David Robertson haha rad! i’ve been rockin the manscarf for a while, goes fair alright!

31 January 2011 - 9:32 am

Katie Kolenberg ROFL, you are a funny man Todd. Love this photo Alyda!!! You look so natural Todd, just like you’ve always worn a man-scarf. I will be showing my other half, in the hope that he too may partake in some man-scarf wearing.

31 January 2011 - 9:27 am

Anya What a brilliant shot…and love the man-scarf ;)

31 January 2011 - 9:26 am

Jonas Peterson Welcome to the dark side…