All Hail the Wale

October 31, 2011

This Corduroy tie ($41.11) is one of many Corduroy and Corduroy-related items available at Corduroyclub.com.

The Friday after this one is, of course, Nov. 11, 2011. The date 11/11/11 is exciting for eschatologists and obsessive-compulsive types, but more so for the Corduroy Appreciation Club. Yes, Corduroy (the club requests that the name be capitalized), that noble fabric, has an ancient (since 2005) society dedicated solely to its praise. The Corduroy Appreciation society’s mascot is a whale named Roy du Cord, facing left. Corduroy’s ridges are known as “wale.” These two facts may be related. The club celebrates twice yearly, on 1/1 and 11/11, since these dates resemble Corduroy’s weave. 11/11/11 is the most Corduroy-friendly date this century.

So, how to celebrate? The Corduroy Appreciation Society will be meeting (obviously) at Room 11 (3234 11th St. NW) at 7 p.m. the Friday night after this one. The usual food and drinks will be available, but to make sure you get in at all, reserve free tickets. Remember: There is no point in showing up wearing fewer than two items of Corduroy clothing. You will be turned away. If you want clemency, try the Tweed Ride on Nov. 13. They may take pity on you.

This Pop Rocks
I dismissed the Bourbon Cream Soda, one of the new fall cocktails ($12.50 each) at Firefly (1310 New Hampshire Ave. NW), but the cinnamon, soda, vanilla and bourbon concoction is heinously addictive. Go try one — happy hour is 4 p.m.- 7 p.m. weekdays and features $5 snacks.

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