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Blog Your Blessings Sundays: Indiana Jones has his hat...

Indiana Jones has his hat... as does John Steed... Sharpe has his "green jacket"... Matthew Didier has his old, worn out, distressed, black-leather motorcycle jacket... and he used to have his boots.

Size 11... or 11 1/2... "E" or "EE" width... black... square toe or "snipped"...

*Le Sigh...*

From the age of seventeen to the age of thirty, "HH Brown" made my footwear exclusively... and I never varied from the path.

I would go to a place called "Hercules Sales" in Toronto... a former army surplus store with "hiking" and other fashion "things"... and buy my boots.

Once home, I would daub them with liquid, leather-safe silicone sealant... let them dry for an hour... spray them with silicone sealer... dry for four hours... then coat them heavily in "Dubbin"... let them sit overnight... wipe the excess Dubbin off, polish with black polish and shine to a close-mirror shine (usually a two-hour affair involving polish, clothes, and brushes...) and I was ready to go.

Because of this "treatment", on average a pair would last about a decade... and I'm a heavy walker... both in weight and in amount of foot-work I do.

I would "break in" the boots and refer to them as my "slippers"... because they would be extremely comfortable to me...

I literally wore them all year long... with extra-socks in winter, light socks in summer... extra polish for "formal" affairs... extra Dubbin for "informal" hikes.

Then, round about thirty... my last pair died... a noble death... for they had been through two long-term girlfriends, several road-trips to haunted locations around Southern Ontario, England, France, The United States... I almost wanted to give them a deserved Viking funeral...

...but by that time, Hercules Sales was gone (closed down and now a "sex shop" on Yonge Street,) and I had decided that "boots" weren't my thing anymore... despite being recognised almost all my life for my boots... and never looked back. I had grown up... or so I thought... at least, I thought that abandoning my trademark boots was "growing up"...


This winter has been bad for snow... Very bad.

I did have a pair of winter boots that I paid a small amount for at a discount store in Toronto... and they literally fell apart in two months.

Sue, really worrying about my cold tootsies, was on me to buy new boots... which I really wasn't interested in... until she suggested, Why not try to get a pair like your old ones?

It was an almost magical... almost religious moment...

My love... my wife... was not only giving me permission, but ENTHUSIASTIC about me "reclaiming" a bit of my youth in these boots!

Off to the "HH Brown" website Saturday night to find out...

...they don't make that type of boot anymore...


Not to be detered, I simply looked up to see if anyone else had something similar... something that would be as good as my boots...

...and I did... but MAN, they were expensive... or "only available" in the States...

I was starting to give up hope...

I found Sage Men's Model 4771 Motorcycle Boots, Chippewa model 27868, Corcoran Harness boots, Boulet Men's Model 6082 Motorcycle Boots, and Durango Men's Model DB510 Motorcycle Boots... they were all reasonable "substitutions" for my beloved "HH Browns"... but I was not having any success... it wasn't Sue's fault, but it was depressing...



With Sue's permission... and a pre-paid Mastercard... I HAVE BOOTS COMING!

Now, it may shock you that something SO small could make such a big difference... but I really, Really, REALLY missed my "slippers"...

My Blessing This Week is My Boots and Sue Suggeting I Get Them!

Comfort, security, and REALLY HAPPY nostalgia... and proof of Sue's genius and love for me...

...and her genuine concern for my footsies!

It sounds weird, but I am SO looking forward to (later this week) daubing silicone, spraying silicone, and rubbing on the Dubbin followed by the polishing...

...followed, no doubt, by me strutting about like a peacock in my new slippers.

A minor thing, but a WONDERFUL thing... especially for my psyche!


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At the time we started this, your humble author was unemployed and going through the usual crisis situations that arise from being jobless.

We (my wife, stepdaughter, and I,) used to "amuse" ourselves (read: Take our minds off our troubles) by more-or-less fantasizing as a family about what we'd do when things "turned around". Along this route, we discussed going to England on a vacation... and in that, alighted on "double-decker buses".

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Since the bus' position was sketchy (there's a chance she might be sold for scrap or "carved up" in other ways,) we could forget about her and pretend she didn't exist...

...or we could TRY... ask for help... put our dream of owning and saving "One Old Green Bus" into the universe and see what happens...

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