Turning jeans into cutoffs

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  1. TheGoodTexan

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    I had a pair of jeans that the hole in the knee was so out of control that I decided to just make them into cutoffs. I would never wear cutoffs out, but I will wear them around the house, cut the yard, replace the ceiling fan, etc.

    This was probably the first time in 30 years that I've made cutoffs, and as I began the first cut with the orange-handled scissors, my mind became flooded with memories which I have not thought about in a very, very long time.

    When I was a kid, making cutoffs was the traditional ushering in of summer. It was the acknowledgement that school was out, and that these jeans that were too long for me last fall are now too short to be useful for anything but being cut off and worn as shorts. I was also reminded of the trying process of trying on jeans at Sears... "Rustlers" I think they were called. They were so thick that I'm fairly certain they were legitimately fire retardant. And they had "Tough Skin Knees" that were double thick even. And for some reason my grandmother always went with us, and between mom and grandmother... one of them was going to "check to make sure there was enough room in the crotch" ???

    But as the school year passed, my jeans became more and more worn in, better feeling, more comfortable (even in the crotch).. and sometime after Thanksgiving I could stop rolling them up because I had grown into them. And after Spring Break I was starting to show a little ankle... which was not a cool look with my soccer cleats that I wore to school every day.

    But now, the Texas temps have punched through the triple digit barrier, and it's time to cut those jeans legs off... ride my Schwinn Stingray over to Greg's house and eat PB&J's for lunch, wait 30 minutes, then his mom would take us to the public pool, where I could buy a Fanta Orange in the tall-boy glass bottle for 30 cents.
     
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    Jorts are good but not enough pockets ! Haha
     
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    But i thought cargo short were the required summer wear of the TDPRI?

    What kind of example are you setting anyway Tex?

    And a moderator too!

    (shaking head)
     
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    but you have to make them short enough that the pockets show.....

    and as always....pictures or it didn't happen....
     
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    You know, I was a student pastor for 10 years (2008-2018). I had several hundred students come through the doors during that time, and none of them believed this... but I was riding my bike to/from school every day (weather permitting) after the first couple of weeks of kindergarten. Not only that, both of my parents worked, and I was a latch-key kid... School let out at 3:30, I road my bike home (about a mile), with all of the other kids, and let myself in at home, and stayed put until mom got home a little after 5. I would eat a snack and watch Bewitched.

    So my students never believed me. They could not imagine a world where this was possible. In their world, people call the cops on parents who allow this. So one time when my folks were visiting Nashville, I had my mom and dad come to our Wednesday night student service... and I called on mom to testify.... but not about her faith, but about my childhood! Haha.
     
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    Not a chance in the world. In fact, my wife said they were too long. I used to be somewhat of a bodybuilder... and I have thick legs... but still, nobody wants to see that. At least nobody that I would be happy about.
     
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    cut-offs ROCK!
     
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    ...with a fancy pair of them Texas cowboy boots
     
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    Nowadays if they are 6" longer than those people will still be complaining that they are too short.
     
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    i would wear cutoffs...i dont wear those horrible cargo shorts...but the cut offs would be cut just above the knee...not any higher
     
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    Pictures or it didnt happen!:lol:
     
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    Actually, here in Toronto, cutoffs are back in style.

    Not on me though. :)
     
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    Daisy Dukes never went out of style...as long as Daisy is wearing them.
     
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    Who wears short shorts?
    Bobby wears short shorts.
    If you dare wear short shorts...
     
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    There's always plenty of room in the crotch with cargo shorts!
     
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    Too funny! Similar experience here. The jeans I got were called Ridge Runners, and they had a knee patch already built in on the underside. I can still remember the label showing an illustration of a motorcycle wheel on a dirt road. And the "check to make sure there's enough room in the crotch." OMG, my mother used to do that and how I hated it.

    You probably didn't have much need for winter coats in Texas, but in Maryland all the kids went to Sears to get a survival jacket for winter. The kind with the fake fur around the edge of the hood and a bunch of pockets all over them.
     
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