I'm with you. I hate ties. Now I'll tell people I'm not wearing ties
because I want to appear more "fun". I'll say it in monotone with a
frown and use the air quote signs when I say it too.
I've found myself wearing a tie even when the standard around the office is
*not* to wear ties ever. I don't particularly like them, but I've found my
experience to be that you *are* treated more favorably if you dress up just a