Dressing For Success

Ron Nagasawa
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Wednesday - July 25, 2007
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Thanks to the huge readership of MidWeek, in some circles I am considered a famous local celebrity. Of course, I’ve never seen myself that way as I’m just a regular kind of guy. Still, when I go out in public, I’m humbled by how many people recognize me.

It’s a great feeling and I’m totally flattered when that happens. Of course my yardstick for being famous has nothing to do with giving out autographs or people wanting to take my picture. A reader of my column once told me that they cut out my column every week.

After that, they stick it up on their refrigerator with a magnet for the entire family to read. I don’t know about you, but in my house, the refrigerator posting is only reserved for the work of our children, so I was honored when the woman told me that.

In my mind, that’s one of the highest compliments anybody ever paid me. But being well-known has its drawbacks. One of those is that I have to be wary of how I look every time I go out. I can no longer don the “puka” T-shirt look without repercussion.

Last week, I had the privilege of attending a World Peace tea ceremony at Punchbowl Memorial. There were going to be dignitaries, media people and, yes, real celebrities. While I think I always dress appropriately, that morning I was in grooming dis-array.

When I arrived at Punchbowl, I was somewhat disheveled as the seat belt in my truck wrinkled my shirt. As I stepped out of the truck, it began raining so that by the time I found cover, my hair was matted flat and wet.

As my luck would have it, I ended up sitting next to probably the best-dressed man in Hawaii - Al Tomonari, the vice president and general manager of Neiman Marcus. I felt like a stale bag of Dorito crumbs next to a silver bowl of Beluga Caviar.

The disparity was only in my mind as he was down-to-earth with no trace of arrogance. He didn’t judge me by how I looked and we had a nice, albeit brief, conversation. He joked about leaving his tie and jacket in the car and that really put me at ease.

As far as I go, Al Tomonari’s picture is going up on my refrigerator.



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