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Saturday, January 1. 2011
I meant to re-post this in December. Is it too late?
Red-neck Yankees wear lined overshirts (like the one in the photo, from Moose Creek) much of the year. Few things are more comfortable, and you don't care what happens to them. They keep you cozy at 50 degrees and at 20 degrees - and lower if you are working hard and moving around.
These things are made for outdoor work. You often need to buy them one size up for layering underneath, depending on your personal size range. They look better and feel softer with some dirt and grease on them, and a small tear or two.
Variants on the theme of overshirts and "shirt-jacs" is this Woolrich wool classic:
Carhartt's basic canvas, flannel-lined work shirt:
Disclosure: Four dump trucks of wool and cotton overshirts were dumped in our Maggie's Farm driveway, blocking all tractor traffic and causing all sorts of problems with the hogs, in exchange for the above post. Please, everybody - Stop giving us free stuff and money! We don't want it! We have enough money and stuff, and it costs money, time, and effort to get rid of excess stuff. Ever try to take a Filson wool cape shirt off a dirty ole 800 lb. hawg who wants to put on airs? Dang.
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New England's a big place. Where do you suppose such attire is most common?
In all them small towns where desperate citizens carry guns and go to church.
Wish I had mine with me today! Working on the stone wall and freezing my behind off.
Greetings from clammy Puget Sound. OK, let's open the deliberately unfashionable suburban - as opposed to yuppified Seattleite - Pacific Northwestern closet here... short Carhartt jacket - check (made in USA, still, which is amazing), longer Carhartt jacket with hood (also made in America), Filson wool vest (which cooks you alive when it is over about 40F but is great when really cold), ancient black Pendleton wool jacket I've had forever (also made in USA, in Pendelton OR, from the days when they still made their clothing here), Carhartt bibs for wandering through the blackberry bushes down in the gully with my Woodsman's Pal... etc.
And no, no washing unless they stand up of their own accord when in the laundry bag. If it were up to me. Sometimes the choice to wash them is made for me, furtively, when I'm preoccupied with other things.
Johnson Woolen Mill, Johnson VT , bye the Jes-sus, is where many self-respecting Vermontahs, i.e., those who voted McPalin, purchase such a key outer garment. LL Bean is for flatlandahs, them metrosexuals/ VT Obama voters, and other furreners!
Ah for the good old days around Puget Sound. When men were men and the sheep were scared. Sorry, that's Montana. When the women were women and the geoducks were..
But that was all before the dark times. Californians. Microsoft. Starbucks. When wearing waffle stompers and a flannel shirt downtown didn't get one pestered for directions by a "metrosexual" trying to find the "Park Bench" or YMCA.
P.S. There ain't many of us McPalin voters here either, only 1/3 the vote went for the good guys, can you imagine that? And still the 2/3 "Me-Too's" scream for more diversity. Now the pols tell us that Obama will bail out the state budget 'cause we delivered 2/3 the vote of VT and 3 whopping electoral votes. If Obama doesn't send us a dime they'll still vote for him in 2012, these guys are dreaming.
We wear then down here in central Florida, too. Man, when it gets down below 50, why that's downright cold!! 'Fact, we'll probably see some frost here by tomorrow morning.
Red Duofold Union Suit, applied just prior to Thanksgiving weekend; removed, with luck, by Good Friday. Washed only if the ice breaks while on it.
Oh yeah - then there is the Filson Guide Sweater, which is akin to wearing medieval chain mail, only warmer and made of wool. If you team it up with those waxed Tin Cloth pants you'll walk around like Jack Haley in the Wizard of Oz.
That sweater sure cuts the wind whistling down from the San Juan Islands though - like today.
Nice they are, indeed, but they do little or nothing to warm one's behind. I just unloaded one quilted and one heavy but non-lined one. They were too worn to be warm any longer. Great for days of medium cold when one is active (provided it ain't all that windy).
But Filson has gotten tres expensivo he said in pidgin Esperanto. There don't seem to be places that make really good stuff here in Merrica at a reasonable price. Except maybe Kevin's and Stafford's in Thomasville GA, where both make decent pants for relatively cheap if you look for them among their more expensive stuff. Pointer and Diamond Gusset jeans too. Shirts are tough.
Gosh, I wore that L.L. Bean shirt 30 years ago while attending college in the wilderness of the Berkshires. How little things change. Reassuring, actually.
And there is the classic Woolrich red plaid hunting jacket, if you bought one twenty years ago when they were made in USA and made to last.
Now they are all made in China, are junk, and nobody buys them anymore. I guess making them in USA was too expensive to sell in the volume market, so they cheapened them to the point that nobody buys them anyway. Might have been better to keep making them here, doing it right, and settling for fewer sales.
It's amazing how many clothes in my closet were made in USA, that tells you how old they all are.
Re Skook: I am wearing a Carhart hooded sweatshirt as I tap this out. My rule on washing is to do it when my sweatshirt and coveralls get soaked by rain or snow. They then have to be washed to be clean enough to put in the dryer.
BD, try the Under Armor cold gear with one of those shirts. You won't even need a coat. That's all I wear when I'm out plowing snow. . . . . . . . . . On second thought, considering you're a bigger momma's boy than I am , you might need that Beretta or tweed jacket from yesterday's post.
God, I just don't want to be in a truck plowing snow this year. I'm getting so good at hitting immovable objects.
Today is our first day of snow actually sticking to the ground, and more forecast to come in the next several days. Awfully late this year for northern Michigan, eh? Hubby is out doing the last of the cutting/splitting/stacking for our woodstove for the winter. The warm weather gear on this site looks great - are any of the pictured made in the US? I'm trying to buy American for Christmas, but am finding it difficult to do so.
Sort of off-topic, but can someone tell me how we as a nation will ever survive if we are a nation of service workers? Have the unions made sure that we'll never be able to make/manufacture anything here in the US in a cost-effective, competitive manner? It's downright depressing.
and they said men don't like to shop...... i see a lot of shopping online going on at the bird dog's hut.
It was 9 (how do ya type degrees) yesterday morn.
But yall can keep the Yankee shirts, Dog.
We all just run faster.