Tux Challenge Day 1: Going Formal to a Funeral

Yours truly enjoying a Patron XO Cafe on ice while reviewing a manuscript
Yours truly, having survived the walk to work, taking refreshment from a Patron XO Cafe on ice

Her obituary has already run in the paper, so there’s no reason not to tell you that Nancy’s mom, Jo Nichols, died on July 28. She was 83. Nancy likes to say that people often mistook her mom for her sister. It’s not an exaggeration. The first time I met Jo, that’s precisely what I thought. “Nancy’s older sister is really cool.” Jo was a firecracker. And she would have been proud to see her daughter’s eulogy today at Restland. Nancy titled it “Bury Me in Bluejeans,” which was Jo’s request. Nancy killed it. She was brave and funny and moving, and, until her closing lines, when she finally allowed herself to tremble, just a bit, Nancy’s were the only dry eyes in the place. But before she began her speech, as she took the lectern, Nancy looked out over those solemnly assembled at Wildwood Chapel, saw me in my fine tux and purple vest from Al’s Formal Wear, and said with a chuckle, “Oh, Timmy.”

Returning to work, I had to walk a total of four blocks, from the Arts District parking garage to St. Paul Place. I arrived at my desk having sweated clean through my dress shirt and cursing this mortal coil.


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  • I feel your pain (as I sit here at my desk in shorts and a t-shirt with my truck parked 4 feet from the office door…)

  • I work at home. I wear a bathrobe until 12 noon.

    You, good sir, look sharp.

  • Amy S

    You carried the look well. Understated yet suave.

  • Dwight Mannsburden

    Keep the beard through the Challenge, Timmie. Pulls it all together

  • Kk

    Wearing the tux to the funeral shows commitment, I’m impressed. I’ve got two primo seats to the Rangers/Detroit game with your name on them, Tim. 8/12, 2:05pm start. Enjoy! PS: I’d put on a bib when you eat your boomstick, don’t want to get your finery dirty. Speaking of dirty, what’s your dry cleaning bill going to be for the month? Do they charge extra for a tux?

  • Avid Reader

    Good show Tim.

  • @Kk: You are kind to offer. That Sunday, though, I’ll be returning to Dallas from Lake Cypress Springs, where I will have boated and fished in a tux. But taking in a Rangers game in Al’s finest is a necessity. I agree.

  • mike drago

    So glad that the family, in its time of grief, could offer you not only blog fodder but also mileage for your schtick. Jolly good show.

    • @mike drago: Easy, champ. Nancy found the gag a good distraction. And though I’m not qualified to say it, I’ll say it anyway: Jo would have approved.

  • mike drago

    Except, champ, that the world is not your gag theater. And, no, you are not qualified. As you say, IJS.

  • RAB

    Tim is hereby enjoined to wear a tux to my funeral, if I go first. The ushers will be serving all guests Patron XO Cafes as they file in.

    Furthermore, my funeral shall be gag theater for all invited, as long as they are funny. And Capasso will be the judge of that (again, if I go first, but that’s probably less likely).

  • Seven

    Nice tux. But why the chair? Sitting will kill you, you know.

    Sorry for your loss.

  • Im more amazed at how far your computer monitor is from the desk….no way could I see my typing that far off..lol

  • jackie dale pinson

    I remember seeing the Mortal Coil at Bronco Bowl in 1987.