By Andy Tarnoff Publisher Published May 08, 2008 at 2:59 PM Photography: Zach Karpinski

Do you ever have one of those moments when you do something pretty stupid, only to realize it an hour later? It happened to me this morning, when I reached into a dark closet to grab a pair of jeans to wear to work (yeah, we're casual here at when we don't have any meetings lined up).

In my post-shower, pre-coffee haze that envelops the first 20 minutes of every morning, I didn't bother to look at the jeans, noticing only that they were blue and without holes.

Only when I rolled into work and took my phone out of my pocket did I realize that said jeans were covered in old paint, various hues of white primer and other shades that grace my walls.

Yes, I wore painting pants to work.

It sort of makes me wonder how I manage to shave without cutting myself, drive without careening off the Hoan Bridge or occasionally (OK, rarely) properly iron a shirt before 9 a.m. I'm used to being a groggy zombie in the morning, but this was even sillier than the time I showed up to the office with my shirt inside out.

Did I mention I turn 34 in three weeks?

Fortunately, I've been thinking I needed a new pair of jeans, anyway, so I patiently waited until Urban Outfitters opened, walked down the street and treated myself to a new pair of Levi's -- which, while a step up from my normal Target, The Gap or Old Navy models, didn't set me back too far. Problem solved by 11 a.m.

And had I not just blogged about it, no one might have noticed. 

Andy is the president, publisher and founder of OnMilwaukee. He returned to Milwaukee in 1996 after living on the East Coast for nine years, where he wrote for The Dallas Morning News Washington Bureau and worked in the White House Office of Communications. He was also Associate Editor of The GW Hatchet, his college newspaper at The George Washington University.

Before launching in 1998 at age 23, he worked in public relations for two Milwaukee firms, most of the time daydreaming about starting his own publication.

Hobbies include running when he finds the time, fixing the rust on his '75 MGB, mowing the lawn at his cottage in the Northwoods, and making an annual pilgrimage to Phoenix for Brewers Spring Training.