I think I’m going to get an engine-turned belt buckle. I’ll have it engraved with just two initials — CC — a little in-joke reference to my abbreviated bylines here.

For now, however, I’ll have to settle for a leather strap to go with it. Brooks Brothers offers a buckle for $250 — the going rate — but their alligator strap is $800.

I think I’d feel a bit self-conscious wearing a belt that costs more than everything else I’m wearing combined. — [= CC =]