Your Coat What Color

Well no matter where you are in the United States or even abroad, your probably wearing some type of jacket or coat. The weather has been really crazy lots of snow out East and in the Midwest, to the West Coast finally getting some sprinkles of rain which we so terribly need. So I know everyone has busted out the winter wear. And this week’s blog is going to be on coat color. I happened to catch one of those daytime talk shows as I was flipping through the channels I believe it was Dr. Oz, and the topic of color came up and how it affects our emotions.
After doing a few shifts in the coat check this week I noticed that there are a few signature colors that have been coming into the coat check. So I have dedicated this blog to your coat and it’s color.  How fun! And I am making this an interactive blog this week, If your reading this put your coat on and snap a picture of yourself and post it, show off your coat this season, and let Check My Coat know why you chose that color.

I listed the colors in the order of popularity in my coat check, and they can totally be a different order where your live but this is the usual order.

The  Black Coats
Black is a mysterious color associated with fear and the unknown (black holes). It usually has a negative connotation (blacklist, black humor, ‘black death’). Black denotes strength and authority; it is considered to be a very formal, elegant, and prestigious color (black tie, black Mercedes). In heraldry, black is the symbol of grief.

The Navy/Blue Coats
Light blue is associated with health, healing, tranquility, understanding, and softness.
Dark blue represents knowledge, power, integrity, and seriousness.
The Brown Coats
Brown suggests stability and denotes masculine qualities.
Reddish-brown is associated with harvest and fall.

The Red Coats
Light red represents joy, sexuality, passion, sensitivity, and love.
Pink signifies romance, love, and friendship. It denotes feminine qualities and passiveness.
Dark red is associated with vigor, willpower, rage, anger, leadership, courage, longing, malice, and wrath.

The Teal/Green Coats
Dark green is associated with ambition, greed, and jealousy.
Yellow-green can indicate sickness, cowardice, discord, and jealousy.
Aqua is associated with emotional healing and protection.
Olive green is the traditional color of peace.

The White/ Cream Colored Coats
White is associated with light, goodness, innocence, purity, and virginity. It is considered to be the color of perfection.

Also, I couldn’t resist not watching the Grammy’s and checking out the different coats that were featured.  One thing that I did personally notice is that a lot of the celebrity men were wearing different colors of the crushed velvet sport coat. LL Cool J wore a purple one, and Macklemore wore a green/teal version, and some of the winners and presenters of course went with the basic black. I wonder why crushed velvet? it did translate well on TV because the color did pop. But it sure must have been warm to wear.  I know that anyone who was on TV was paying their dues and dealing with it because they were at The Grammy’s.
So Men this season it’s okay to wear that crushed velvet dinner/smoking jacket, wear it with pride especially if it is colorful.

So no matter what color your outer shell is this season. Rock it! Be functional and fashionable at the same time. And remember when you are checking in your coat, you’ll know which one is yours it’s that Aqua puffy jacket among the sea of black coats.
Remember your ticket and remember to tip it’s good for the soul.

Till next week,
LGOYW

* I would like to give credit to www.latimes.com, and artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com

Team Triple Check

Team Triple Check / The Keepers of the Warmth

It never ceases to amaze me that we the coat checkers are always creatively thinking when it comes to managing a grouping of coats.
I recently worked a coat check with 2 other coat checkers. It was my first triple coat check( I have to admit that discount double check ad pops into my head) . I have to share that the triple coat checker gig was a really cool experience. The event was so big that there was definitely lots of work for all of us. We ran this coat check pretty slick thanks to our creative thinking and years’ of experience.
I always scope out any event by the number of attendees, take into an account of what kind of weather is local. Do some logical thinking and then make an estimation. It kind of gives you a guide to how to fit your coat check.
Fitting is outfitting your coat check properly making sure your hangers, racks, tickets, and any other supplies are at hand and that you know where things are at and it doesn’t look disorganized. You always want to be presentable even if you know that deep down inside it’s crazy.
When your working with other checkers communication is key. And it’s always so nice when everyone knows what everyone else is up too.  It also helps if they are stellar co-workers, which I totally lucked out on.
Instead of us individually checking in coats and doing the transaction, we streamlined that big event with three different reference points the patron had to walk through.

Checker #1 – Took the item and assigning as return ticket
Checker #2 – Was the money and ticker issuer
Checker #3 – Was the hanger/stocking person/ organizer

This flow was the most ideal for this event. People were in and out in no time. It was totally an assembly line styled evening in coat check, but really one of the most thought out workflows.
And with the front end all on the set up, it made the return for pick up smooth.

Another cool part of this event was that it was full of interesting characters people who really celebrated the Edwardian time period.
It was visual, it was knowledgeable, and people were really taking it there and talking like they were from that time period.
A man who had come into our coat check dressed up like he was on a royal safari sent out by a royal expedition…came because he wanted to submit something into lost and found. And after hearing him talk for a few minutes he summed it up best.

“You are the keepers of the warmth! You send everyone home warm with their jackets.” I thought how spot on, I never really thought of if it in that manner, but yes that is what we do.
Sometimes it takes a total stranger to make you realize what you actually are doing has bigger outcomes than just what you see off the top it’s felt all the way home.

Until next time,
LGOYB,
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Forgotten and Left Behind

The show is over and the crowd is leaving the venue, the last of the drinks are finished; the gathering of the friends commences to find the after party; So does the gathering of the belongings.
The gathering of the belongings can be a slippery slope usually only one or two of these tasks actually gets accomplished, especially if you are having an extraordinary party night.
Your just not ready to stop the party, once you get past the ” I can do anything I feel great! I’m the king of the world shot!” You enter the realm of I don’t care about anything… I could care less state.
Now, if your flying solo or if your co-pilot is just as twisted as you are this is can lead to the fate of your coat/purse/merse etc. to be thrust into the world of the FORGOTTEN and LEFT BEHIND.
Coat check becomes closed for the night and like a mother who forgot to pick up her kid your coat awaits for pick up.
Maybe the next day you’ll be recovering from your headbanger of a night and trying to piece things together. Like how did I end up with her/him? and what did we do? What happened to my shit? Where are my car keys I swear I left them in my coat pocket… Oh wait, where is my coat? Wait for it…
Then… panic, upset, saying the word FUCK multiple times, maybe I need a bloody merry to deal. What ever your solution is Take a deep breathe, possibly throw yourself in the shower.

RETRACERS – You actually remember that you had a coat. This is a good thing! That means you were messed up but did not gulp down that mind eraser or last car bomb. After you have had your mini fit.. you can now call your friends or better yet call the venue during business hours and check.
I always recommend doing this within the first 72 hours. That folks is pretty much a decent window of opportunity for you. Let’s be totally real with this. Venues, Clubs, Bars don’t have to hold onto your belongings at all, but most places are super cool and will hang onto it for a few weeks if your lucky and it goes into Lost/Found. After that your item will magically make it into the hands of a new owner.

NEVERMINDERS – If your all about the disposable clothing these days, The Targets, Old Navy’s, The Ross’, etc. then your coat may have no value at all. Which is the other half of the school of thought. The folks who think… whatever, I can get another one. It gives them an excuse to shop.
Your coat will go through the Lost/Found process, and then will make it’s way to a new owner via donation.

MUSIC BLURB

This week in music was pretty interesting. It was music from Brazil some country jambands. Mixing in some local San Francisco bands playing some punk/ ska.

EVENTS
Winter Wonderland Fashion Show

I am happy to announce a WINTER fashion celebration that will be show casing coats and winter clothing make it a point NOT to forget.

This Saturday the 18th ATTACK HEART will be a part of fashion collaboration at WINTER WONDERLAND FASHION SHOW
LeQuiVive
1525 Webster Street
Oakland, CA
7:30-9:30PM
FREE

CHECK OUT THE LINKS BELOW

https://www.facebook.com/events/473384759438068/

http://www.etsy.com/shop/attackheart

Winter Wonderland Fashion Show

Winter Wonderland Fashion Show

LGOYW

Video Credit : Ahrix – Left Behind

That Secret Special Place

There is a secret special place you and only you could know.
That secret special place that holds your important things you hold.
A secret special place that you go to time and time again
That secret special place you only share with a close friend.

Like my poem.. ? It’s the intro to this week’s coat check blog.. that secret special place. Everyone has one, sometimes it’s so secret you can’t even remember it especially when you have had a round or three.  But this week I am highlighting the special places we all use.
There are many a check where once the person gets the coat check stub the next move is on the patron to store it.  And storage on a night where you wanna be wild and cra- zay .. is a prime.

Men – Men’s storage is kinda on the predictable side, of course I don’t discount anything they can get pretty creative when needed to but here are the go to spots..
THE WALLET .. those infamous black/brown leather wallets with the compartmentalized sections.. the bills and money section, then the six or eight slits for those credit cards, and the clear face for the ID’s. Guys who usually bust out the wallet shove their coat check ticket into two areas in the clear face right where their ID is at so they can see it, the other spot is into one of those misc. slits. Shoved deeply they can’t see it. (It’s always this action that causes the self induced anxiety, and then when found, the deepest sigh of relief.)
Above the denim pocket there lies an even smaller space.. Both men’s and women’s denim have this compartment.. I don’t know if this was created as a utility move or just a straight up fashion move.. but what ever it is called it is used and works most of the time.
The regular pockets either in the front or back pockets. Not the most secure spot. Why? because as the night progresses those become the reserves for your cash that you are using that night, flyers, phone numbers, your cellphone. And the more that you use that pocket the more the likelihood that you are going to have something fall out of it and poof! there goes that twenty dollar bill that you crumpled up.
Your a pocket kind of guy. front shirt pocket! That is near and dear to your heart. This is what I call the fifty-fifty spot.. coming to claim your coat at the end of the night is like spinning the roulette wheel… front of the line? end of the line? tears? As Robert Smith from The Cure sings “Boys don’t Cry”

Women – The Ladies have a few more options to go on as those mentioned above.  Depending on your fashion choice for the evening you can get pretty crafty.
Behold the power of the bra.. Never underestimate the utility of the bra. It can hold many different things. I’ve seen sizable things to the most smallest things. Cellphones, cigarette packs, mini liquor bottles, YOUR COAT CHECK claim number… The bummer side of this at the end of the night, is that you are whipping’ out a sweaty ass ticket, and so happy that your ta-tas have held it together don’t expect any coat check person to take it from you.  My piece of advice is put it on the counter.
The Boot… As in your shoe, not for the wheel of your car. Boots are in fashion. You can go to any shoe website and it’s BOOTS, BOOTS, BOOTS.. they are all the rage this season. So how does this work.. well most boot wearers must wear long socks at least a knee high number, you can always stick that ticket in that sock and zip that puppy up and poof your on your way to the dance floor. Now if you have not done your laundry and wearing short socks that may get tricky but I am sure where there is a will there is a way.

So you off you go my coat check patrons.. off with your coat,  off with your hats, off with your bags, and shoes and whatever else you decide to shed for the night. Celebrate your secret spots, and don’t forget to tell a friend because two heads are better than one.

Until next time
LGOYW
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BRING ON THE NEW YEAR

So this week it was out with the old and in with the new.
Dec. 31st. , I was super productive, and even took a trip to the office supply store to get new 2014 desk calendars. That always makes it official for me.
But the last week of 2013 was not without it’s interesting events both work and social related. The last week of the year work wise is always a hustle and bustle, super busy. In a larger perspective it’s always the same type of crowd just different music, and the last week of the year always seems to bring out the big guns in people. What I mean by big guns is exactly what it sounds like ” GO BIG OR GO HOME, OR GO TO THE HOSPITAL or JAIL.. because you really went there. Since Christmas week runs into New Year’s Eve it’s a massive party with all the party favors.. the popables, drinkables, snortables and smokables. I was watching the news and the anchor reporting said it best.. it’s amateur a night of revelers who don’t usually go out.

Working coat check on NYE is like being a surfer going out try to conquer Mavericks, but with better chances. You got to have experience, you got to have the supplies and skills, and you got to have the bravado.
It’s a night of hard work, and you have to be clear headed and fast as you possibly move. Also, for the big events with parties that are 1000+ it is always a word to the wise to have 2 coat checkers on deck. The crowds will come in ready to party and they will come back drunk, nasty, whiskey aggressive, ready to puke, and that is just the normal stuff. They will have either had a fabulous or terrible time. There will be tears shed at some point.
So it’s good to have that extra checker on deck to make the pass back fast.

And if you thought all of what I just mentioned was a lot.. then you have to deal with the patrons who lost their ticket.. and the universal law of the land LOST TICKETS must wait till the very end.  This is usually the point is where it all goes out the door you get the tears, aggression, etc.
So as an omage to the lost coat check tickets of 2013.

I bring to you the top ten I lost my ticket lines of 2013

10. I CAN SEE IT FROM HERE

9. THAT IS MY BLACK COAT, AMONG THE OTHER 300 BLACK COATS.

8. MINE’S THE ONE WITH THE FUR

7. I SWEAR THAT IS MY COAT

6. DON’T YOU REMEMBER ME?

5.  I GAVE MY HUSBAND/BOYFRIEND THE TICKET, AND HE LEFT WE GOT INTO A FIGHT

4. IT’S SOMEWHERE IN MY PURSE, LET ME DIG IT OUT

3.  COME ON IT’s A $600 HUGO BOSS. HOW MANY OF THEM COULD THERE BE

2. WHAT DO YOU MEAN I HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THE END

1. I TIPPED YOU EARLIER

TIP OF THE WEEK
As a new year has begun it’s a fresh start for everyone. My tip of the week is to do a random act of kindness. It can be anything, but it has to come from your most honest and genuine self.  HAPPY NEW 2014!