“You’re not wearing that?” Bruce Tomaso’s wife, Patty, asked him as he left his house for our recent barbecue tour to Cleburne, Glen Rose, Stephenville and Granbury.

It wasn’t really a question, but Bruce treated it as a question. He told her that he thought he looked fine.

The Dallas Morning News editor wore plaid shorts and a plaid shirt, accessorized by a plaid hat, plaid slip-on canvas shoes and white booty socks.

Mighty fine.

When he got home, after nine hours and four eating stops with his Posse mates, Patty asked Bruce what the rest of us thought about his outfit.

"No one said a thing,” Bruce told her.

That was true. Of course, a couple of us might have thought his look was a bit odd. Shouldn’t all that plaid match, at least? But no one needled him at the time. We were focused on barbecue.

Then we saw the photos from the tour and heard Bruce tell of Patty’s reaction to his clothes-horse display.

And so now the lid has lifted on poking fun. And we can reveal that we are working on creating a new comic book superhero.

Behold, the BBQ-eating Plaid Man.

(Photo by Chris Wilkins)

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