March 27, 2017

At the Muddy Boots Café...

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... you can talk about anything you like... including leggings — already under discussion here — why Meade really wanted to take this picture of me, and whether we could be happily mediocre in southern Utah.

The mud on my boots is not from Utah. Those would be my other boots, the ones with the orange mud. These are my new boots, the ones I told you I was buying from Amazon, and, as you know, I like to remind you to support this blog — if you like it — by doing your Amazon shopping through the Althouse portal.

51 comments:

Owen said...

Styling boots there. What are the uppers made of? Padded nylon? With the all-important Gore-Tex(TM)?

robother said...

As a loyal member of the United Mile High Club, I must avert my eyes from...Leggings.

traditionalguy said...

Those boots are made for walking. The mud color is optional.

MathMom said...

United has rules for the attire worn by those traveling on family passes. So, these girls can follow the rules, or pay for their tickets and wear leggings. I think it's simple to understand.

As United said in a tweet, when people are flying on these passes, they are representatives of United Airline, and so they have a dress code to follow. Flight attendants and gate crew have a dress code, which they always follow, as representatives of United.

You wanna fly free? Dress the way they tell you to.

Ann Althouse said...

"What are the uppers made of? Padded nylon? With the all-important Gore-Tex(TM)?"

They are suede leather.

Ann Althouse said...

I'm not wearing the leggings as pants. I'm showing how easy and perfectly comfortable it is to add a skirt layer.

mockturtle said...

Love your boots, Ann. Mud and all.

AprilApple said...

"Happily..." link is same link.

Cute outfit. Kinda punk rock.

Lewis Wetzel said...

Nice pins.
Hope you aren't thinking of hopping a plane while wearing those leggings.
They are not appropriate flight wear.

exiledonmainstreet said...

Leggings under a skirt make sense in a climate like Wisconsin's.

mockturtle said...

Back in the day, we called them 'tights'.

Virgil Hilts said...

I didn't get the happily mediocre in Utah allusion - was that an incorrect link?

Michael said...

You would be bored shitless in Utah. Meade could mountain bike his tits loose but you, our hostess, would be bored shitless. Take this to the bank.

Will Cate said...

Speaking of wedded bliss, sidebar ad on Althouse blog this morning: "Hot, Latin beauties are waiting to meet you!" w/ accompanying eye-candy...

Happily married for almost 34 years, with no plans to change that... if this was user-targeted advertising, uh... fail

exiledonmainstreet said...

mockturtle said...
Back in the day, we called them 'tights'.

I remember wearing them with leg warmers in the '80's. Now that was not a look which did much for your calves.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Cute boots. Not high enough tops for winter snow but look sweet for those rainy muddy days.

Personal opinion. I think it might be difficult to transition from a city like Madison to a rural type of setting. Michael may have it correct. Boredom may set in if you aren't close enough to the types of activities that interest you. There are some nice places that are rural/relaxed yet close enough suburbs of interesting towns to provide the stimulation it seems might be needed.

A balance of the great outdoors at hand and lots of neat cafes, art events and intellectual stimulation. Ashland or the areas outside of Eugene Oregon are really nice. Oregon is good because it is just a hop skip and jump to the ocean, to the mountains, to skiing or fishing and a gardening paradise.

A middling lifestyle takes some adjustments and time to get used to if you are decompressing from a more focused style.

Basil Duke said...

Malt vinegar is one of the vilest-smelling articles on the face of the earth. Worse even than a Dairy Queen trash dumpster in St. Louis in late August. It's almost for certain that the rancid crap is brewed in the devil's rectum, bottled by the damned and shipped north to a restaurant table near me. I fucking HATE Lent, and the swarms of cod eaters it unleashes every Friday. The vulgar monsters veritably drown their fish in the horrid fluid. I can smell an uncapped bottle of malt vinegar thirty feet away, and nearly heave every time those evil fumes curl into me nostrils. I also mightily dislike the smell of mayonnaise.

mockturtle said...

Malt vinegar is one of the vilest-smelling articles on the face of the earth.

My husband [British] loved it. It was the only kind of vinegar he would use.

mockturtle said...

Ashland or the areas outside of Eugene Oregon are really nice.

Last time I was in Ashland--a year or so ago--I failed to furnish my own shopping bag in a supermarket. I was told they didn't give out bags and I had to load my few groceries into my shirt to carry out. It's possibly the most eco-idiotic place on the planet. Otherwise, beautiful country and lots to do. Annual Shakespearean festival is world-renowned.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Re: Grocery bags.

I know...what a freaking pain. California just went to the banning the bag mode. We can pay 10 cents and buy a big paper bag or bring our own cloth or other bags.

Half the time I forget to bring a bag and either buy a bag, which I will eventually burn a big pile of in the burn barrel. How is that for eco friendly :-D If I forget the cloth bags I either juggle the crap or put it back in the basket and load it into a couple of milk crates that I have in the back of the vehicle.

My stepmother and father spent quite a bit of time on cruise lines and as a consequence gave me a lot of Holland America, Princess Cruise line etc type of bags, which I use for groceries. It makes me look like a world traveler, when I am really just a mooch getting their extra cruise line goodie bags. HA!

I really miss the plastic bags because they are great for cleaning the cat's litter box, lining the bathroom waste baskets and other garbage type uses. Good thing I saved a bunch.

The climate in Ashland is so nice. And yeah. Eco-nazi crazies everywhere. I ignore them.

tcrosse said...

Malt vinegar is one of the vilest-smelling articles on the face of the earth.
De gustibus non est disputandum, as we used to say in the old neighborhood.

mockturtle said...

Yes, DBQ, those plastic bags make great waste-basket liners. If I can't use them, I am forced to buy rolls of garbage bags. How wasteful!

I recently wrote to Walmart about the decline in the quality of their bags. About half have holes in them and I have lost merchandise in the parking lot due to their flimsiness. The old grey ones were the best. BTW, I once chrocheted a shoulder bag using blue Walmart bags. It was strong and didn't look bad, either.

Fernandinande said...

These are my new boots,

Leo Johnson had new shoes.

Also.

exiledonmainstreet said...

A local store doesn't do plastic bags anymore, only paper. But they won't double bag unless you specifically ask them to. Since their bags are not of good quality, you can end up with the bag tearing as soon as you lift the groceries out of the truck. Or better yet, on the street.

Titus said...

Those are a little too fashionable.

You really can't go wrong with the LL Bean boot. Never goes out of style and a lifetime warranty doll.

Titus said...

And if you can make it to the LL Bean store in Freeport it is def worth the trip.

HoodlumDoodlum said...

Titus said...And if you can make it to the LL Bean store in Freeport it is def worth the trip.

My mother said the same thing.

Ann Althouse said...I'm not wearing the leggings as pants. I'm showing how easy and perfectly comfortable it is to add a skirt layer.

Sure, if we assume those are your legs. I'll bet Meade has a pair of boots or two...

Lewis Wetzel said...

Blogger mockturtle said...
. . . BTW, I once chrocheted a shoulder bag using blue Walmart bags. It was strong and didn't look bad, either.


I bet you could crochet a pair of leggings out of Walmart bags.

jaed said...

I like the purple shoelaces.

Really, shoelaces are underrated as an accessory. The perfect place for a little pop of color. But most of them are just black or brown or white and boring.

Danno said...

Blogger MathMom said...United has rules for the attire worn by those traveling on family passes. So, these girls can follow the rules, or pay for their tickets and wear leggings. I think it's simple to understand. As United said in a tweet, when people are flying on these passes, they are representatives of United Airline, and so they have a dress code to follow. Flight attendants and gate crew have a dress code, which they always follow, as representatives of United. You wanna fly free? Dress the way they tell you to.

Same with Delta. At least they don't require a suit and tie or dress anymore.

Etienne said...

When Germany surrendered after WW1, they signed an agreement to pay reparations to the tune of about 400 billion in US dollars.

They couldn't afford it, and the government collapsed. Hitler came to power and we all know how that went.

Trump handed Germany a bill for 400 billion, so America and Great Britain can use their country as a launching platform for the war with Russia.

If I was Merkle, I would throw NATO out like France did. Sorry, we quit. Get your shit off my lawn. Yea, and the "check is in the mail(tm)".

Lewis Wetzel said...

Trump handed Germany a bill for 400 billion, so America and Great Britain can use their country as a launching platform for the war with Russia.

That makes perfect sense, Etienne!
It explains Trump's campaign promise to go to war with Russia!

Bad Lieutenant said...

Etienne:

If I was Merkle, I would throw NATO out like France did. Sorry, we quit. Get your shit off my lawn. Yea, and the "check is in the mail(tm)".

3/27/17, 3:11 PM


Done AND done!

OK and then we abolish NATO and create NATO Lite: For $(50-60 million * X) a year we will sell and maintain for your country X Pershing type quick reaction nuclear missile systems. Go nuts. (Russia will!)

Asia can join too.

mockturtle said...

NATO doesn't address the main threat to Europe and most of us know who they are.

rhhardin said...

In The Loop (2008) was good, in the old DVD survey.

The influence of mid level bureaucrats in international relations.

Inga said...

The Russians.

robother said...

I would recommend a three month stay in any area before making the leap, some part of which is in a non-tourist season for that area. In this time of AirBnB et al, it isn't that hard to find places, and if financially necessary rent out your own place.

rhhardin said...

I can take the somewhat wind-sheltered daily bike route to the more distant Kroger or the exposed route to the nearer Kroger, for getting out of the house; and nice wifi at home.

What more do you need?

rhhardin said...

It helps if you're repelled by travel, say from early exposure to world-spanning business trips. No exoticism is worth the hassle and motels. You're always looking forward to getting home.

exiledonmainstreet said...

mockturtle said...
NATO doesn't address the main threat to Europe and most of us know who they are.

3/27/17, 3:52 PM

You should have edited that to say "most of us with the sense God gave a goose knows who they are."

Radical Islam and the Muslim refugees who will destroy Europe from the inside out.

mockturtle said...

rhardin reflects: It helps if you're repelled by travel, say from early exposure to world-spanning business trips. No exoticism is worth the hassle and motels. You're always looking forward to getting home.

I'll bet you've never stayed at the Hotel Okura in Tokyo.

Roger Sweeny said...

You've told us so many times to use the amazon portal recently that I feel like I'm watching PBS.

Saint Croix said...

in 1997

Norm Macdonald

might have been

the funniest man alive

Ann Althouse said...

""Happily..." link is same link."

Sorry. Try it now.

"Hope you aren't thinking of hopping a plane while wearing those leggings. They are not appropriate flight wear."

Not appropriate as PANTS maybe, but I'm wearing them as hosiery, under a skirt.

"You would be bored shitless in Utah. Meade could mountain bike his tits loose but you, our hostess, would be bored shitless."

Why? Is there no internet?

"Happily married for almost 34 years, with no plans to change that... if this was user-targeted advertising, uh... fail"

It is user-targeted. I sure don't get that. I get ads for sweaters.

Michael said...

My musts for a second home or a place to relocate are live classical music and one very good bookstore. If you are looking to the West that would rule rural Utah out. In would be Boulder, Aspen and environs, even Vail. No Utah.

Michael said...

mockturtle

Yes. And the Ritz in Madrid or the Alvear Palace in Buenos Aires....

Chris Williams said...

My wife and I had a ten year plan to move from Chicago to southern Utah as it was our favorite vacation spot. Two years into "the plan", we figured why wait and moved to a small 300 person town in so Utah. It was a great decision.

Go for it!

Michael K said...

I really miss the plastic bags because they are great for cleaning the cat's litter box,

The absolutely last straw with California for us. We moved to Tucson and are enjoying our plastic bags.

Michael said...

Althouse: Why? is there no internet?

Yes there is internet. And health Nazis.

'TreHammer said...

...Ann, great knees...:-D...

mockturtle said...

Ann, you are not only pretty but also cute. You don't look anywhere near your age.