So. Raise your hand if you've never fallen victim to this mindset (because I sure haven't. Ever. *cough*): "I'm going on vacation and it's going to cost me hundreds (or thousands) of dollars! I NEED new clothes before I leave. Comfortable clothes. Because every single item of clothing I own is ill-fitting and ill-suited for my planned excursion."
Apparently it wasn't enough for my father to go to Spain and Ireland. He had to go dressed as a chef.
Which, for the record, he's not.