Doctor of Teleocity
- May 31, 2008
- Corpus Christi, Texas
Yeah, this pic, taken 7 years ago the day before my birthday, shows me playing my old #1. It’s my old MiJ Hohner dread, model # G-940, bought new in the Spring of 1983. I’ve talked about it before.
However, as the title indicates, this thread is about a pair of boots, specifically, the boots I’m wearing in that pic.
The boots—Tony Lama’s—weren’t brand new in that pic, I don’t think. I don’t remember now exactly when I bought them, but I don’t think it was that year. What I do remember is that the next time I got together with my son, he happened to be wearing a pair of them also.
Anyway, I put those Tony Lama’s on this morning to go do chores before breakfast: feeding/checking on chickens, quail, rabbits, harvesting some okra, bringing in a 50-lb. bag of feed, etc. After all that and breakfast, I got on TDPRI to pass the time as I was finishing my first cup of coffee, and discovered that @Tommy Biggs had “Liked” my post in the thread “Specific Guitars. The Length of Time You Owned Them?”
And my post in that thread included the pic of me with my Hohner dread, and when I saw the boots, I was kinda shocked to see ‘em looking so good.
I then looked down at my feet because I was wearing the same boots, 7 years later.
Obviously, years of scuff marks, and the heels are worn down, unevenly so. (That always happens; after years of wear, my boots get bow-legged.) After they get to a certain point, I don’t polish them or even treat the leather. They get put on strictly for $#!T-kickin’ work. Or a nicer way to put that is for “farm” work. (Even though we live within the city limits, we “farm.”)
I go through a predictable pattern with every pair of boots I buy. A pair will start out as my Sunday-go-to-meetin’ boots.
Then after a while they become my everyday boots, but they’re still in good shape and relatively good-looking.
Then they become my $#!T-kickers.
Past that, the left boot of an otherwise useless pair becomes my “tip” boot. Like “Phillip” in the pic below, posed next to “Mini-Me.”