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Leather Chaps
David Ashton   7/17/2014 5:06:47 AM
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Max, looking at your photo and knowing you are nearly as old as I am, I thought you WERE a Leather Chap, but let's not jump to conclusions..... :-)

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Max The Magnificent   7/17/2014 9:44:50 AM
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@David: Max, looking at your photo and knowing you are nearly as old as I am...

I like to think that I'm aging like a fine cheese :-)

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David Ashton   7/17/2014 6:06:44 PM
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@Max: "I like to think that I'm aging like a fine cheese :-)"

I'd rather be a wine.  It can go downhill quite a bit before someone says "Naaaah!" and chucks it out... :-)

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mhrackin   7/18/2014 8:59:17 AM
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Also, wines have to be quite spoiled before they become malodorous... very unlike many of the best cheeses!

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Desirable Luggage
David Ashton   7/17/2014 5:13:58 AM
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Years ago I bought from a South African company, Karrimor, a suitcase-come-rucksack.  It opened on the top like a suitcase, and you could use it as such, or you could unzip what was the bottom and you had a couple of straps and a belt to use it like a rucksack.  It had a couple more zip-on small bags that you could use as a day pack and a briefcase-sized case.

It had got a bit battered and my wife chucked it out in one of her periodic spring cleans.  That we are still married is a constant amazement because of this, and I have never managed to find another one.  it was SOOO handy when trekking between airport terminalsand the like.

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Max The Magnificent   7/17/2014 9:48:12 AM
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@David: ...It had got a bit battered and my wife chucked it out in one of her periodic spring cleans...

Why do wives do stuff like that without asking. Can you imagine what they would say if we threw their stuff out?

I remember my dad coming back from work one day and finding his favorite (green enamel over cast iron) casarole dish in the trash. My mom had bought him a spanking new one (which he hated). He didn;t argue -- he just rescued his favorite one from the trash and stored it on a shelf in the garage -- I still use it to this day -- the new one my mom bought has long been lost in the mists of time...

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TonyTib   7/17/2014 12:06:57 PM
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Is it easier to find a new wife that suites you well or a new rucksack that suits you well?


I'm sure there are plenty of places making quality leather; for example, a co-worker really likes Ace Leather Goods (web site currently having problems, but I've checked it out before).

Many think copper gets better with age and patina; copper pens sure can look pretty, such as this Liliput and this Retro 51 Lincoln.

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Max The Magnificent   7/17/2014 1:35:16 PM
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@TontTib: ...Many think copper gets better with age and patina...

OK, I'll give you that one, so in addition to leather and myself, copper and brass also improve with age :-)

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Max The Magnificent   7/17/2014 1:37:02 PM
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@TonyTib: Is it easier to find a new wife that suites you well or a new rucksack that suits you well?

I'm not good with Zen questions. I do remember reading that if you want to know who loves you more -- your wife or your dog -- put them both in the trunk of your car for an hour and then see who is the most pleased to see you when you let them out.

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antedeluvian   7/17/2014 1:15:55 PM
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David, Max

Years ago I bought from a South African company, Karrimor, a suitcase-come-rucksack.  It opened on the top like a suitcase, and you could use it as such, or you could unzip what was the bottom and you had a couple of straps and a belt to use it like a rucksack.  

As you know I undertake the maraton trips from Canada to South Africa quite often. Door to door can take 36+ hours and I have usec a smal backpack to hold all. Depending on the route the trip may involve a 5-6 hour layover and I found the toting the bag on my back along with the restriced space in cattle class aggrievates my back. I have just switched to a back with wheeels, and certainly on the one instance that i have used it it seems to help.

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Max The Magnificent   7/17/2014 1:44:12 PM
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@antedeluvian: As you know I undertake the maraton trips from Canada to South Africa quite often. Door to door can take 36+ hours and I have usec a smal backpack to hold all...

I always travel with two notepad computers these days (in case one goes down). I have a big backpack that goes in the overhead compartment, and my Saddleback Leather Messenger Bag, which slips under the seat in front ov me -- check out this blog for more details.

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David Ashton   7/17/2014 4:49:56 PM
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@Antedeluvian... "I have just switched to a back with wheels".   I researched a bit after I posted and Karrimor has been boiught out and moved to UK.  Doesn't say where they actualy manufacture but I'd put money that it's in the east :-)  But they still do something similar to what I had.  But (age related concerns becoming greater) wheels sound like a good idea.

> "the restriced space in cattle class aggrievates my back."  Don'tcha hate that?  But on a recent South African Airways  trip from Perth to Johannesburg they could not get the aisle wheelchair and my wife through the smaller space between the business class seats.  After some trying the SAA lady said "Well you'll just have to stay here!"  SAA business class seats are better than some first class seats I have been in.  The control panel for the seat had 14 buttons and it reclined into a full bed.  That is not likely to happen again but I tell you what, if I'm ever in the position to afford business class again I'll do it.  It's about 2.5 times the cheap economy fare I usually try and get.  And probably worth it....

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LL Bean
MeasurementBlues   7/17/2014 10:33:01 AM
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Buy your belts etc. from LL Bean. When it wears out, they'll replace it. If they can.

Case in point. I have an LL Bean leather braided belt. I like it becuase being braided, it had fin er hole resolution than other belts. You can better ajust it. So, it finally began to fray where I uckled it every day so I brought it back to the Local LL Bean Store. Alas, the no longer carry braided belts. What to do.

I lost weight and can now use a different belt hole. I suppose you can also solve the problem by gaining weight. Well, I kind of did that. Now I'm one belt hole away from where I started. Two more will mean my waist is smaller than it's been in many years. I might even be able to reclaim last summer's shorts that were too big this year. Of course by the time that happens in about 7 weeks, the season for wearing shorts will be over.

Part of the reason for the shorter belt has to do with cutting out the daily bagel. Now it a half bagel one or twice a week instead of a whole bagel nearly every day.

When my daughter's LL Bean Backpack wore out after 8 years, we bright it to the store. She walked out with a new one at no charge.

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Max The Magnificent   7/17/2014 10:53:38 AM
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@MeasurementBlues: I have an LL Bean leather braided belt.

Nuff said :-)

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A hat
antedeluvian   7/17/2014 1:06:45 PM
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Max

What other company do you know that boasts a hundred-year warranty?

I always travel with a Tilly Hat when I am going touring. I quote from the brg tag sewn into the hat: "It floats, ties on, repels rain and mildew, won't shrink, and will be replaced free if it wears out. (Yes, put it in your will.)"


I had had mine for over 20 years.

 

 

 

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Max The Magnificent   7/17/2014 1:40:37 PM
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@antedeluvian: I always travel with a Tilly Hat when I am going touring.

I have an Hawaiian Baseball Cap, which certainly makes a statement (one day I hope to discover what the statement is that it's making)

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Fanny pack
antedeluvian   7/17/2014 1:18:55 PM
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I found that a fanny pack was very conveneient until I got pickpocketed on the subway in Barcelona. I will only wear a fanny pack now as a decoy.

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Max The Magnificent   7/17/2014 1:45:20 PM
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@antedeluvian: I found that a fanny pack was very conveneient until I got pickpocketed on the subway in Barcelona.

I'm hoping that my small Belt Pouch will go unnoticed...

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mhrackin   7/17/2014 2:05:26 PM
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Max, you have me totally mystified!  Twice  now you have posted replies to posts by antedeluvian that are apparently invisible to us mere mortals????

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Max The Magnificent   7/17/2014 2:08:02 PM
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@mharackin: Twice  now you have posted replies to posts by antedeluvian that are apparently invisible to us mere mortals????

That's strange -- I can see Antedeluvian's posts -- are you in "Newest First" or "Threaded" view for the comments? I'm in "Newest First" mode, and I can see his comments on my screen as we speak.

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mhrackin   7/17/2014 2:08:26 PM
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Of course, as soon as I posted the above, the missing missives miraculously were resuscitated (damn, this window needs a spell-checker!).

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Max The Magnificent   7/17/2014 2:15:03 PM
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@mhrackin: ...as soon as I posted the above, the missing missives miraculously were resuscitated...

Thank goodness -- you had me worried for a while there...

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mhrackin   7/17/2014 3:01:23 PM
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There was a browser crash and auto-restart involved.....  either the NSA or Bill Gates likely at fault...

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David Ashton   7/17/2014 4:40:47 PM
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@mhrackin....I have not had exactly that problem but get similarly mystifying things happening.  It sometimes helps to restart your browser, and / or to delete the cache.  In Internet explorer this is in Tools / Internet Options / general / delete browsing history.  But if you're using IE, get something else...I use Google Chrome whihc is rock solid and works well with EET.  The EET programmers don't like IE I think, pages frequently don't display properly in IE.

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mhrackin   7/17/2014 4:59:17 PM
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David, unfortunately my employer has BANNED Chrome completely.  Our "official" browser is IE (an old version at that), but we CAN use Firefox as long as we don't try to get any support from our IT department for it!  The IT department actually controls our default program settings!  Thus, if I click on a link in the daily e-mails from EET or in the "someone has replied..." e-mail, it opens an IE session.  For all you Dilbert fans, I think the name of our CIO is Mordac....

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Garcia-Lasheras   7/18/2014 6:49:33 AM
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@antedeluvian: "I found that a fanny pack was very conveneient until I got pickpocketed on the subway in Barcelona."


Aubrey, I'm afraid that AFAIK this is a huge problem in Barcelona's subway, but also in some touristic streets such as "La Rambla".

I've only visited Barcelona for work -- too bad, because I'm Spanish ;-) --, and I really enjoyed the free evening I spent in the city. I visited the Maremagnum and some of the beautiful Antonio Gaudi's buildings, but I recognize I was continously looking after my stuff because I got prevented about this issue by my friends.

Too bad for such a beautiful city!

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On topic for a change...
mhrackin   7/17/2014 3:23:55 PM
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I noticed on the Saddleback site that the seeming majority of the reviews referred to the amazing ability of the belts to support a holster with a large pistol in it!  My favorite belt for that purpose is one that I picked up some years ago (~14 or so) when I lived in Texas.  It was quite inexpensive (about 15% of the "best" from Saddleback) and was actually a promotional item for the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame in Waco, just east of I-35 at the Waco exit.  It's tooled leather, and a thick piece of rawhide (at least 3/16 inch  thick and 1,5 wide).  It was sold (in the gift shop of course like all museums) next to the Chuck Norris/Walker wing.  It will likely outlive me based on the minimal wear and tear so far!  It goes quite nicely with blue jeans, of course.   It holds my holster with the 9mm, and the belt twin magazine holder, with no perceptible sag.

I have another belt that I bought in Warsaw, Poland 20+ years ago in a very posh leather goods shop on Jerusalemski St..  Back then, I was at my peak all-time weight: that belt size was 105 cm.   I still use it, but the current hole (I have a leather punch that I use to prolong the useful life of my belts during the years I was shedding 85 lb that I never mentioned in the "Hole-making thing" blog) is about 8 inches from the one i originally had to use!  It's a graphic reminder how I am now a mere shadow of my former self!

 

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Unconditional Guarantee
antedeluvian   7/26/2014 12:41:34 PM
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Max

 What other company do you know that boasts a hundred-year warranty?

I may have mentioned a program on CBC (Canada's version of the BBC) called "Under The Influence" which is all about marketing. It is available as podcasts and streaming audio and also in text. Coincidnetally I was listening to the podcast this morning on this very topic called "Satisfaction Guaranteed". I hope that you can listen to it from outside of Canada, but if not I hope you can read it.

 

Let me summarise to answer your question:

L.L. Bean, Lands' End (he provides an explanation for the misplaced apostrophe), Fuller Brush, and Darn Tough Vermont (socks).

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Max The Magnificent   7/28/2014 10:06:26 AM
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@antedeluvian: ... and Darn Tough Vermont (socks).

If only I wore socks LOL

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antedeluvian   7/28/2014 10:08:00 AM
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Max

If only I wore socks LOL

I wonder if the guarantee covers sock puppets?

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Max The Magnificent   7/28/2014 2:05:44 PM
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@Antedeluvian: I wonder if the guarantee covers sock puppets?

That was going to be my next question LOL

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