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Fin De Semana! 12-19-14

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Back when West Texas was under the sea. My home turf is ringed by ancient coral reefs.

Jerry Jeff Walker, the larger than life figure who forms a thread that binds generations of Texans. How a New York folkie became a Texas icon is a story I’d really like to see the Coen Brothers tell sometime.

The politics behind a Ralph Lauren ad. The ad has since been taken down, and the company has apologized.

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Speaking of Jerry Jeff, here’s a song of his I don’t think gets enough credit for being awesome. Something about the melody just stays with me and the image of a wheel spinning futilely in the air haunts me.

What I’m Drinking

Big Bend Brewing Co. Terlingua Gold Ale- NOW THIS is a hot weather beer. As crisp and refreshing as your average well made Light American Lager with just enough hops bitterness to give it some serious flavor. This is what your Dad’s trusty six pack of Whatever Light would taste like if the people making it gave shit. That perfect amount of tangy hops bitterness makes me think this beer is just dying to be partnered with a bite of a lime, a lick of salt and a shot of tequila. I’m gonna have to make that happen. Preferably this summer.

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Fin De Semana! 9-12-14

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A brewery in Indiana gets around a stupid and very specific law by following it to the letter.

Much further West, the hunt for Sasquatch continues, even as hunters question why they’re chasing something everyone says is a myth.

An old article that got passed back around recently. Ralph Lauren’s ranch in Colorado. Say what you want about the man and his clothes, this is pretty similar to what Buffalo Bill Cody’s ranch would look like if he were alive today.

There’s been a lot of unsubstantiated, untrustworthy rumors that ISIS is in Juarez planning an attack on the U.S. Hysteria runs rampant in certain parts of the internet. Ft. Bliss, however, is on high alert. A gruesome murder  in El Paso was rumored to be related to terrorism but looks to be just senseless crime instead. My two cents: if ISIS is in Juarez (and remember, Juarez was supposedly full of Al Qaeda once, and Communists before that) they’re there for business and not to cause trouble in the U.S. An attack on the border would tighten drug smuggling corridors into the U.S. and put a huge dent in profits for the cartels. Put simply, it would be too bad for business.

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The Imperial Rooster

Imagine a marching band and an old time band broke down in the high desert of New Mexico and somehow, Tom Waits got involved. There’s polkas about butts and wage slave rebellions and pig forks. It’s all catchy and fun and settles into that sorta rootsy, greasy groove Ray Wylie Hubbard is always laying down. That’s the Imperial Rooster. Straight outta Espanola, New Mexico and fresh from Muddy Roots, The Imperial Rooster plays fun, surreal roots music like no one else. I have to say, they’re also some of the nicest and most fun folks I’ve ever interviewed. All the songs are pay what you want on their bandcamp page. But leave a little somethin’ for them will ya? I bet they’d appreciate the beer money.

What I’m Drinking

Sleepytime Tea because for some reason, I can’t sleep lately. Man, I’m the worst.

The $400 Carhartt Vest

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Ralph Lauren’s RRL Fall 2014 line has a lookalike of a Carhartt vest that retails for $390. (It also has really nice photography by Robb Kendrick who makes tintypes of modern day cowboys, which is the main reason why I cruised by the site) I like Ralph Lauren, I think he makes some really well designed, classic, masculine looking, nice stuff. I own some of his stuff (that was either thrifted or purchased with a steep discount) and enjoy wearing it.

The thing I find odd though, is that it’s basically a really fancy version of this:

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This vest retails for about $70 and is made in the US by workers earning a good wage. I don’t know where the Ralph Lauren version is made or what they make. The last two things of his I bought were made in Asia, in countries with really low wages and terrible working conditions.

I’m a big fan of buying the best quality you can afford, because even if it’s a little expensive up front, you save money by not having to replace it within a few years. I’ve had the same Carhartt coat for 4 years and it’s barely even broken in. My Dad has one older than me, and I remember watching the Challenger on TV. I assure you my Dad has put some really hard miles on his, and it shows. These are garments that don’t look right without motor oil stains and frayed edges. Do you want to spend $400 bucks on something you’re going to beat the snot out of?

What I’m saying is, there’s quality, and there’s vanity. If you can afford the $4oo buck vest, no skin off my nose. But don’t save up for it thinking it’s inherently superior to the $70 version. Clothes exist and are designed for specific purposes. Don’t let the label get in the way of the job your clothes are supposed to do.