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How to Tie a Tie

This week, this intrepid blogger is visiting Las Vegas for a wedding (not my own), so I'll be covering topics that come up during the Vegas Wedding Experience. The first thing I realized in preparing for the wedding was that no one in the wedding party knew how to tie a tie. Perhaps this is a mark of my generation, or perhaps we're all just lazy.  (Or perhaps those two things are the same!)
Of course, we all turned to the web to save us. It turns out there are many resources out there for tying ties. The one with the best Google placement is Tie-a-tie.net, which includes printable cartoon-style instructions on tying the Windsor, Half-Windsor, Four in Hand, and Pratt Knot. Similar instructions are at a ScoutDB page, including instructions on tying a bow-tie. (There are many more of these sites, including ToTieaTie.com.)

Even better than the drawings are the various web videos available: How to Tie a Full Windsor Knot and How to Tie a Half Windsor Knot are good places to get started. If you're looking for another style, try YouTube.

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Want Priority Boarding On Your Alaska Airlines Flight This Holiday Season? Wear an Ugly Christmas Sweater
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Between steep fares and crowded terminals, flying during the holidays isn’t fun. But on Friday, December 15, a special Alaska Airlines promotion will ease boarding stress and transform packed planes into mile-high ugly sweater parties, in honor of National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day. As the Los Angeles Times reports, the airline will offer free early boarding to travelers willing to don their holiday worst at the airport.

The promotion is good for all Alaska Airlines flights in the airline’s 115-city network, and for flights offered by Virgin America and Horizon Air (both of which are operated by Alaska Airlines). In addition to escaping the waiting crowds, passengers who share the most festive knitted looks will be featured on Alaska Air's social media pages if they tag their photos and videos using the hashtags #UglySweaterDay and #MostWestCoast. And since no plane aisle-turned-catwalk is complete without a soundtrack, “festive holiday-themed boarding music will play all month long to help get guests into the holiday spirit,” according to a press release.

Worried you’ll be the only person on the plane wearing a sequined Rudolph cardigan? Even if other passengers don’t get the memo, airline crew will also be wearing ugly sweaters—so feel free to unleash your inner Chevy Chase from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

[h/t Los Angeles Times]

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Custom-Design the Ugly Christmas Sweater of Your Dreams (or Nightmares)
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For those of you aspiring to be the worst dressed person at your family's holiday dinner, UglyChristmasSweater.com sells—you guessed it—ugly Christmas sweaters to seasonal revelers possessing a sense of irony. But the Michigan-based online retailer has elevated kitsch to new heights by offering a create-your-own-sweater tool on its website.

Simply visit the site's homepage, and click on the Sweater Customizer link. There, you'll be provided with a basic sweater template, which you can decorate with festive snowflakes, reindeer, and other designs in five different colors. If you're feeling really creative, you can even upload photos, logos, hand-drawn pictures, and/or text. After you approve and purchase a mock-up of the final design, you can purchase the final result (prices start at under $70). But you'd better act quickly: due to high demand, orders will take about two weeks plus shipping time to arrive.

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