When Mayor Eddie Farve of Bay St. Louis, Miss., lost everything but the clothes on his back in Hurricane Katrina, the resilient resident vowed to wear only Bermuda shorts until his town recovered. For more five and a half years he wore them everywhere—to work, to the White House when he met then-President George W. Bush and even to the Radio and Television Correspondents' Association dinner where he wore a tuxedo jacket with his infamous black knee-length shorts. Farve was the poster-child for Gulf recovery, then quoted as saying, "Until you make us whole, I'm wearing short pants. Somebody is going to get stuck with these ugly legs." Until of course, he had to take them off. As reported by the Sun Herald and NPR, Favre showed up at the Harrison County courthouse in, gasp, long pants. "It's a shame that it had to come down to this," Favre said. "I didn't want to offend the judge." Forget the judge big Ed, I think you've offended an entire island nation by claiming those mundane black shorts are indeed from Bermuda. Sorry pal but our shorts our pink, yellow, blue, madras—certainly anything but black. If you're reading, I invite you to visit our sunny shores for a little shopping trip. Looking for Bermuda shorts? Head to the English Sports Shop my friend. And while you're at it, buy yourself some proper knee highs, will ya?
is a Bermuda-based travel writer and television correspondent. To read his work visit DavidLaHuta.com or to follow him on Twitter visit Twitter.com/DavidLaHuta. Visiting Bermuda? Read his story, 36 Hours in Bermuda, which appeared in the New York Times travel section in September 2009 (http://bit.ly/36HoursBermuda) and Jetsetter's The Many Faces of Bermuda, which ran in January 2011 (http://bit.ly/FacesOfBDA).