Thursday, September 17, 2009

Overalls, coveralls, or blue jeans?

Other than a boat, what’s the next best thing you need in your home when the river floods to your roof line? If you said “ax” you would be wrong and near death. Think smaller. Think hatchet. In most attics, there’s not enough room to swing an ax. Ask any Cajun who survived Katrina.

The military has a new-and-improved camouflage tape. But don’t call it duct tape (or even duck tape). Grunts call it 100-mile-an-hour tape, presumably because it can stay stuck even when the wind howls in at 100 m.p.h. Surely not because they drive that fast.

One definition of claque is – people paid to applaud at a show. When I worked in politics, one of my jobs was to write the speech and then sit on the front row when the boss spoke so I could lead the standing ovation. Hack rhymes with claque.

Levi Strauss is legendary. But it was his partner, Jacob Davis, who was the first to combine denim and copper rivets to solve a work-wear problem. They called ‘em waist overalls from 1873 up until the 1950s when my generation adopted the name jeans. Tight-fitting bluejeans and ’57 Chevrolets. Ahhh. Today’s Velcro and the four-door Saturn -- not as much challenge.

2 comments:

Ken Martin said...

If you combine 100-mile-an-hour tape with '57 Chevy you get the feeling I had in the back seat of my next-door neighbor's '57 Chevy Bel Air with Corvette engine. He would put a dollar bill on the top of the front seat and with you in the back seat, say "If you can grab the money before I hit the top gear you can have it." I must've been taped to the seat, because I couldn't ever get the dough while that car was accelerating.

Anonymous said...

Even though you are obviously a smart ass, this is fun. Thanks.

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