Why Should You Vote For Me?
My co-worker Ron Rollins is in this competition too, so now this is personal: Vote for Jim!
Accessory of Empowerment
I’m cheap, and I’m a cyclist/runner. So when I saw a grab-bag offer online for inexpensive bicycling socks, I pretty much had to buy them. I’ve now bought three or four sets. They arrive sight unseen in the mail from somewhere in Maine. I’ve had some pretty weird styles over the years – 2007 commemorative 5ks from Utah, the Wisconsin Badgers, one pair with beer mugs knitted into the side and the saying “The problem with the world is everyone is a few drinks behind” stitched into the bottom. I wear them to work. They help me keep a sense of fun with me throughout the day. Co-workers have seen them and many have told me they appreciate them.
Shoes of Empowerment
These shoes were my fathers. He was very particular with his shoes and took great care of them. After he retired he gave me some of his clothes that had the best staying power. He had very good taste, and much of it is still in great shape. He passed away a year ago at age 89 and I think of him whenever I lace these up.
Outfit of Empowerment
I take a traditional approach with suit and tie. I do not wear this in the newsroom much – people would ask me ‘So, got a big job interview?’ too much. But it is the outfit I put on when I want to look my best.
I typically wear shirt and tie, without the jacket. I went to an all-boys Catholic high school where shirt-and-tie was required every day. I got into the habit then, and continue it to this day. There is something about putting on a tie that is a signal for me that it’s time for work. It helps me focus. And, oddly, since ties are no longer common in many work environments, it has helped me stand out. People seem to take me seriously, which can be important.