Ripped pants

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Blog entry by David Craig posted 01-11-2010 05:38 PM 1666 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ahhh, the holiday season is over and work can continue at a more normal pace (whatever that is) and I can’t help but reflect on a dilemma I run into every holiday and gift giving event day…the subject of clothes. I get a request every now and again for a list of items I need for birthdays and holidays. Of course the answer is always “tools” and the requester will receive catalogs and links to online resources with the items I have on my “to buy” list clearly marked. Then I will get the usual response which is “You need some new pants” and so I will receive a couple pairs of blue jeans.

I have a vast collection of these items in my closet, all with rips in the same location. I don’t wear torn jeans because I am so impoverished that I cannot afford clothes, I wear them because I know that any new pair of jeans is going to be marked with my same designer signature. I will try to be good, I will wear the new pair only for “special occasions.” But inevitably, I will be at someone’s house and they will need help with something or I will get part way to my car and notice an issue with a gutter, or something in my garden, or my car and I will tend to it and feel the familiar rip on on back right pocket. Paint will get on them, they will get snagged down the basement, and I believe I am forever doomed to own these “designer” jeans. Next year, I will be asked the same question, will give the same response, and will receive the same presents :)

So if you see me on the street with a ripped pair, you will understand why.

BTW – I recently watched my brother open a shipped package of new designer jeans. High cost, fancy label and, wouldn’t you know it, they came with holes and the label was done in a white paint smear as if he was working on something. Everyone gushed over them. I was wearing my work ripped jeans with paint smears and with a much more economical label and just shook my head.

Thanks for reading,


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 01-11-2010 05:52 PM

I wear Kirkland designer jeans for $13 from Costco.

My wife gives me a hard time over my fashion sense all the time.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 01-11-2010 06:01 PM

I got 3 new pairs of jeans for Christmas, so the holey ones I’d been wearing everywhere (including to the office) are now my shop/field work pants. So far, it’s been working pretty well, as long as I have the discipline to change in and out of them as I go into/in from the shop. I keep them in the laundry room so it’s convenient.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 01-11-2010 07:13 PM

I always had to cross a barbed wire fence when I got a new pair of pants, and of course they got snagged, after that they were ok.

-- Smitty!!!

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#4 posted 01-11-2010 07:14 PM

Love the story as it hits close to home. This is the first year I got what I asked for as there was only one thing on the list. Rockler gift cards. Thanks to all who gave I was a happy man this year.

-- Have thy tools ready. God will find thee work.

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#5 posted 01-11-2010 07:25 PM

This reminds me of my days on the family farm many years ago. During the haying season I would load wagon after wagon of hay (about 10 loads a day for about a month). To help lift or shove a bale into place I always used my right knee. In due time I had many pairs of jeans with the right knee worn through. My mother would want to patch the knee with those iron on patches but they felt awful.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#6 posted 01-11-2010 09:05 PM

So funny, I laughed when I saw the “ripped jeans” look BACK in style, I wore those in elementary school but we were smart back then and made our own “rips” Too funny at the price people will pay to wear a name!

-- Jen loves wood!

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Kent Shepherd

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#7 posted 01-11-2010 09:55 PM

Reminds me of the time I was delivering something, and jumped up in the back of my pick-up. As I did, the crotch of my jeans ripped wide open. It was at a ladies house. I was so embarrassed—-I walked funny with my legs together the whole time. I don’t know if she noticed, but I couldn’t wait to get out of there.


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#8 posted 01-11-2010 10:10 PM

I wear the Mark’s Work Wearhouse brand of fleece lined jeans – they make me look like a dweeb however they do keep the legs warm. I just call the stain, resin, epoxy and paint – “designer wear”


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David Craig

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#9 posted 01-12-2010 05:57 PM

Thanks all for the comments. I had run writing out my frustrations with my “software” dilemma. I am going to run down to Tractor Supply in the next couple weeks and stock up. Hopefully the jeans they have there will be good for casual wear and, at the same time, be sturdy enough that they won’t tear if I do have to play Mr. Fixit when out of the house. Thanks for all your stories, nice to find others that can relate.

Happy Woodworking,


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#10 posted 01-12-2010 06:30 PM

I have that same problem David. In fact just yesterday I initiated a new pair in the shop. I’m hiding them from the Mrs. She told me “do not wear those in the shop!” Rather Loudly…

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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