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“PREPPY TO THE BONE”

18 Jun

GREETINGS AND SALUTATIONS!

WELCOME, PREPPIES AND NON-PREPPIES ALIKE.   Let me introduce myself. My friends call me Bumby. 

Bumby I would like to begin this edition of The Preppy Chronicles, by sharing with you my hopes and dreams and thoughts about the overall intent of this blog

My concept for this blog is that it will be a CELEBRATION of living life as a Preppy-WASP Male in a society that is ever increasingly blurring the lines…

It’s about who we are as a society and as a tribe. Why we do the things that we do. And how we view and respond to everyday events, as well as what effect these events have on us. What our role is and how we shape the world around us. And to this end, I will ask you to join with me and CELEBRATE.

What this blog is not about: It is not about how to teach you to dress in the WASP, Preppy Trad. or Ivy-league styles. A plethora of those types of sites to choose from. Ivy-Style is one such site.

Let me say from the outset, that many are the ones that misunderstand us. We are often portrayed in the media as very humourless, well-dressed, well-behaved, statuesque parodies. BumbyScott I am here to say we are not without our humour.

How many WASPs does it take to change a light bulb?  NINE.  

One to change it, seven to sit around and reminisce about how good of a bulb it had been,

and two to check and see if it came over on the Mayflower, so that proper notification of all clubs and organizations  of its demise can be made, after a suitable period of mourning.

It has been said, by someone, somewhere, some place in time: That we tend to wear only the clothes that we wear because we have always worn them. We tend to summer in the same places year after year, generation after generation. We know the same people that we have always known. And our breeding habits could give rednecks a respectable run for their money. And yes indeed while these statements about us are true. It is also true that we are a tribe that rarely moves from our comfort zones, and when we do, we tend to move in packs or herds or gaggle… Feel free to use whichever term you think most appropriate. It is, as much our clothing as anything else that allows us to spot and identify a fellow tribesman.

Please indulge me for a moment as I describe to you, my dear reader, what I believe are some basic truths about us. There are some things that are just hereditary to the WASP…Effortlessness, Narcissism and a true sense of Entitlement. Certain things can only be taught, learned, and culled from your parents, family and the tribe. A couple of the prominent ones are… Ennui and Gracefulness…. As we view it, being and expressing our preppy-ness, is a natural extension of, or if you will the sole prerogative of being a WASP. It is a lifestyle not merely a clothing style as some would have you believe. Not that, they are in the wrong, but being a Preppy is sooo… much more. The Preppy, Ivy-league, WASP, and Traditional styles of clothing are once again becoming ever so popular with the masses. So, we in the tribe must identify ourselves one to another in different ways. As our identifiers, become embraced by the masses we tend to revert to the older forms. An example, Lacoste, as more and more non-preppies wear this brand we revert to monogrammed polo shirts in place of the gator. However, there is one sure-fire identifier, our attitudes, habits and shared core values these can only be achieved by one method, and that method is Breeding.

The most difficult aspect for non-preppies to understand is our sense of entitlement. They tend in a general way, to misconstrue it as mere snobbery, when, in fact, there is a solid foundation for it [ just ask us] Yes, it does hearken back to the Mayflower, and the founding fathers and mothers and yes even to their (our) families. According to my observations, and it seems that history in both written, as well as, oral forms, backs me up on this. That as much as we Americans, would like to believe differently, these extraordinary men and women” The Great Houses of America” were not the “Father knows Best” crowd, but a convoluted mixture of the Bundy, Simpson and Stepford crowd. These incredibly gifted people were some of the most dysfunctional and narcissistic people of their time, but we claim them as our own. They gave you,  me and the rest of the world, the foundation and institutions..that is… “ The United States of America. ”… Suffice to say, they created a system of government and a society that is by its exact nature and design dysfunctional and narcissistic. So, for better or worse, you have us to thank for all this. Inasmuch, as we created and continue to create these institutions, we also shoulder the responsibility for them. We have held and continue to hold, for over 200 years now, the foundational underpinnings of power in this country and no matter how far to the right or left that society swings at any given time in our history, we hold that foundation, we are its anchor and its bedrock. That is our lot in life.

So, when you meet one of us on this happy road of destiny,  Please give us a break. We are doing the best that we can.

NOW FOR SOME COMIC RELIEF:

May I introduce you to one of our most beloved and sweetest WASPs

nation_carry1 I do Love My Lilly Pulitzer SO!

 

As this blog is about Celebrating life as a Male Preppy and a WASP… and All things that relate to us. [MPW]

I promise you…my Dear Reader, that I will always try to give you my best work and if it’s not I will tell you so. I will give you my thoughts and recommendations on… Books, Music and any other items of interest. It is my hope and my desire that you will take part and E-Mail your thoughts and ideas on books, music and items that are of interest to you and of course any ideas on future posts that you would like me to write about. You will always be able to find these on the Sweet Vibrations page and on my sister site, “ The Preppy Chronicles II. ” 

My first two book recommendations:

George Being George…wonderfully edited by Nelson W. Aldrich. Which is an oral biography of George Plimpton, as told by his friends, George was and remains a truly consummate Preppy.

The Big House: A century in the life of an American summer-house. Written by George Howe Colt. This is a book that takes us back to our roots and our memories. I am overcome with an intensely real sense of well-being and the knowledge that all is well in my little corner of  WASPdom.

 My first recommendation of music.  “ Songbird ” by Eva Cassidy.

It is time to wrap up this edition and put it to bed. I will leave you with a small quote from a book called ” A Separate Peace”  by John Knowles.

” Everyone has a moment in history which belongs particularly to him. It is the moment when his emotions achieve their most powerful sway over him, and afterward when you say to this person “The world today” or Reality” he will assume that you mean this moment, even if it is fifty years past. The world, through his unleashed emotions, imprinted itself upon him, and he carries the stamp of that passing moment forever.”

So, bye for now.

Bumby Scott.               Please join me at The Preppy Chronicles II.

The Preppy Chronicles Volume 1

 

 




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15 responses to ““PREPPY TO THE BONE”

  1. Wendy

    October 15, 2010 at 11:42 PM

    I really like your site Bumby. It sort of helps me figure out some (additional) reasons I never fit into the crowd that surrounded me growing up. Some is my own fault, but a lot is distinct cultural differences.

    Interestingly enough, I never had a sense of entitlement (quite the opposite), but my mother did. Despite our Jewish background, I believe she actually has managed to convince herself, she too, is a WASP. Perhaps this happened after my grandfather changed his name to work as a specialist on Wall Street. Who knows?

    I work very hard to figure out whether people are “real” (regardless of background). This site helps remind me that history does play a huge role too.

    I don’t know. I probably missing the point entirely, but I enjoy your posts (so I will continue to come back). Thanks!

    Wendy

    PS – Isn’t Ralph Lauren Jewish? You know, the polo logo? It’s odd. I find both Lacoste and Polo shirts boring, but I get the concept. I actually like the whale from Vineyard Vines. It seems to have a bit more edge, and I like their ties. Then again, this site is primarily for guys, so my thoughts on clothing is irrelevant.

     
    • Bumby Scott

      October 16, 2010 at 10:14 AM

      Wendy, thank you for stopping by. Rest assured you’re not missing the point and I am honored that you wish to continue to be a reader. You are spot on in that Ralph, is Jewish, his name is Ralph Lifshitz. He begain this adventure as a tie salesman for Brooks Brothers, which by the way was owned by Garfinckel’s ( owned by a German Jew ) Do you begin to see a pattern. All of my tailors have been Jews. I hope that this bit of history will help you understand why we (WASPs and Preppies) go for well made, natural (cotton) clothes.
      Always, Bumby

       
  2. Wendy

    October 16, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    Um. Awesome, but still unclear. Could you please spell it out. Serious. Much appreciated. Wendy

     
    • Bumby Scott

      October 16, 2010 at 3:26 PM

      Wendy you make me smile, To spell it out… The pattern is that in regards to clothing, Your people ( Jews ) have been clothing my people (WASPs) for generations. Wendy, I ask have you ever seen an Orthodox Jew that wore anything remotely exciting? This is one of the reasons that WASP clothes are boring.
      Now, I hope that you are smiling, close your eyes and think of a very Orthodox Jew… now imagine him wearing a popped collar.
      and smile. Being a WASP is serious biz. Preppy is all about enjoyment.
      Always, Bumby

       
  3. Kristina

    October 16, 2010 at 4:42 PM

    Good read Bumby! Thanks much for re-posting. It’s nice to see how it all began.

     
    • Bumby Scott

      October 17, 2010 at 12:42 AM

      Thank you Kristina, I felt that I needed to bring this post back to the front of the line; in response to a growing number of questions about being a Preppy and a WASP. There seems to be a great interest, because there has been so much confusion. What is a WASP vs a Preppy, can I be a Preppy although I am not a WASP? What labels are Preppy and which ones are not.
      I deal with thoughts, attitudes, feelings, and behaviors of the WASP and Preppy from a Male, Southern point of view, though I’ll admit that I am a cross- cultural WASP and Preppy. What is meant by cross-cultural ? My travels have taken me from the North to the South, East to the West and around the globe.
      My dress does change from one part of this country to another, my speech changes as well. That which does not change, is who I am and what I am. I do feel honored that people are interested in what I say. My hope is that I will not disappoint.

       
  4. The Preppy Princess

    October 16, 2010 at 6:55 PM

    This one is taking some cogitation… I do like it, but it requires more pondering before I can offer any comment, other than to say I do adore that woman with the hatchet!

    Well done Bumby,
    tp

     
    • Bumby Scott

      October 17, 2010 at 12:46 AM

      Princess, Please take all the time that you feel that you need I do value your thoughts.
      I also enjoy Carrie Nation. She is such a fun loving gal.

       
  5. LKK

    November 12, 2010 at 9:22 AM

    Good job ‘ol man, except the math in your joke doesn’t quite add up. 1 + 7 + 2 = 10.

     
    • Bumby Scott

      November 12, 2010 at 11:01 AM

      LKK, Love it you are the only one that has gotten it. Thanks.
      HA… You have made my day.

       
  6. PinkOne

    February 9, 2011 at 8:13 AM

    Hi Bumby,

    I’m just getting around to peeking at your blog. I feel like you bumped this post up for me in response to my post at TDP. I’m sorry I’m only now getting to it.

    Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? I’m assuming the rub comes when one tries to put on airs along with the clothing. I do understand the sense and value in the traditional style of dressing prep, but I have no illusions that it changes who I am as a person. I know that how I dress will no sooner make me a “true” prep/WASP than wearing men’s clothing would turn me into a man, but I truly appreciate the wisdom in how you, as a group, dress/live. I am what I am. Thank you for your comments to me at TDP, and welcoming me to allow my “inner preppy” to come out. 🙂

     
  7. High Waist Shorts

    May 5, 2011 at 4:54 AM

    I’m a huge fan already, man. You’ve done a brilliant job making sure that people understand where you’re coming from. And let me tell you, I get it. Great stuff and I can’t wait to read more of your blogs. What you’ve got to say is important and needs to be read.

     
    • Bumby Scott

      May 5, 2011 at 9:34 AM

      @High waist, Thank you for sharing your thoughts and reading.

      Always, Bumby

       
  8. goldfishka

    May 9, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Excellent:)

     
  9. schody

    May 26, 2011 at 5:04 PM

    Thanks for another wonderful post. Where else could anyone get that kind of information in such an ideal way of writing? I’ve a presentation next week, and I am on the look for such information.

     

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