KIRBY: There’s a place in France where they wear pajama pants

Fashion is a reflection of the time.


— Anna Wintour

I guess we need to officially acknowledge that it’s become socially acceptable to wear your pajamas in public.

Like most trends, it’s been a gradual thing.

When I first noticed children wearing PJs while being pushed around in grocery carts, I passed it off as relaxed parenting.

But I began to see more “relaxed” parents, adults wearing flimsy flannel pantaloons, some with what appear to be slippers.

I am not judging, just observing, although I confess I live with a woman who will not walk down the driveway to the mailbox without making sure her lipstick is freshened and correctly applied.

Times change and I get that.

Last week I was behind an old man in the grocery checkout. He looked like a retired banker with short-clipped white hair and a frown that said, “Loan denied.”

He was wearing a heavy jacket, a cap with ear-covers, work boots and … blue and white-checked PJ pants.

If I try it, I’ll let you know how things turn out.

JUST A REMINDER: Guys, tomorrow is Valentine’s Day.

It might be a little late if you’re just now rushing to the grocery store to find your sweetie an acceptable but modestly priced card. They are pretty picked over … but don’t give up. I was looking out for you.

At two stores where I regularly shop, I took several of the nice (but reasonably priced) V-Day cards and hid them behind the “Thank You” cards.

You’re welcome.

REUNION SEASON: The Butler High Class of 1971 will hold a reunion March 3 at the Legends Club. The event, which includes a DJ and catered dinner, will take place from 6 to 11 p.m. and the cost is $40 per person or $75 per couple. Price at the door will be $50 per person or $85 per couple.

For more information, visit Facebook under Butler High Augusta GA Class of 1971 Reunion or contact Jeanne Thigpen Christy at (706) 951-6199.

Also, multiyear reunion for Richmond Academy graduates from the classes of 1951-1967 will be March 3 at the school. It will consist of a tour of the school and lunch for $25 per person. Registration begins at 9 a.m. in the gym. Contact person with all information is Jim Pardue at (706) 305-0889 or email

GOOD DAY: This week in 1963, radio commentator Paul Harvey visited Augusta.

He told his listeners he thought he’d see a traditional “Old South” community lounging under its parasol, but instead found “a thriving cosmopolitan metropolis filled with industry.”

TODAY’S jOKE: Here’s one shared by Mike Rucker.

A Sunday school teacher asked Little Willie who the first man was.

“Hoss” said Willie.

“No,” said the teacher, “it was Adam.”

“Ah shucks” Willie replied, “I knew it was one of those Cartwrights.”

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