In court earlier this week, one judge, at least three prosecutors and a newspaper editor were caught wearing the same tie.
Fashion faux pas? I think not.
OK, so the prosecutor's teal deal was a bow tie. That's Tim Bookwalter's trademark.
But it was no coincidence that all of us were wearing teal-colored ties.
It was a long, cold winter and many a morning, I thought about trading my color-coordinated necktie in for something more fitting, like the warm, snug feel of a wool scarf.
Now that April has finally arrived, with it comes the annual Guys With Ties sexual assault awareness campaign highlighted by its distinctive teal hue -- the color, I'm told, associated with the national and local effort.
So from now until May 1 you will likely see guys like Judge Matt Headley and Judge Denny Bridges in tantalizingly teal attire.
GHS Principal Russ Hesler might even give up purple for a day or two for the teal look.
Sheriff Scott Stockton will make an arresting fashion statement with a teal tie and brown shirt.
All with pause for the cause.
I'll do my share too. After all, I wear a tie five days a week. But heck, by the time I've tied mine more than a couple of times, it refuses to lay straight, twisting in the wind and bearing the unmistakable scars of Anthony's pizza sauce or Casa Grande salsa.
Oh well, it is all for a noble effort, organized by the fine ladies at Putnam County Family Support Services, who again this year have instituted a companion Girls With Pearls project.
Here's the deal: When you ask any of the Guys with Ties about their teal neckwear this month, they're supposed to speak out against sexual violence to help promote awareness of the issue.
You know, encourage righteous relationships. Decry improper physical activity. Embrace everyone's right to say no.
The campaign is also charged with demonstrating respect and trust toward others. I get that. Coincidentally that is actually one underlying reason behind me wearing a tie in my role as editor in the first place.
To me it seems so logical out of respect for the position I hold. Out of respect for the public with which we deal. Out of respect for folks we will encounter for the first time that day ...
Truth be told, I delight in doing the tie thing for the fashion sense as well, matching bold tie colors with a complementary shirt. Pairing up a bright tie with just the right socks.
After all, it's intriguing when folks ask about your tie. Whether you're in line at Starbuck's or taking your chances riding the courthouse elevator, it can be quite a conversation starter.
But for now -- at least for the rest of April (or until monotony simply ties me up in knots) -- my wardrobe will be dominated by a shiny, solid teal-colored polyester offering.
So go right ahead. Ask me about my teal tie.
It has a tale worth telling.