Jack’s Winning Words 5/4/17
“I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world.” (Thomas Edison) I recently saw that a pair of designer bib-overalls can cost up to $170. Edison’s friends couldn’t afford those. But, in his day, overalls were the symbol of the working stiff. Aaron Copeland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” is a favorite of mine and was premiered on Income Tax Day in 1943. Do you have any bib-overall friends? ;-) Jack
FROM HY YO SILVER: I love that Copeland piece. Have you seen Nordstrom's new "muddy Jean" product? Check it out online and notice the price.====JACK: Yes, I did read about the "muddy jeans" and their "outrageous" price. Nordstrom's began as a shoe retailer in 1901 and branched out into clothing sometime later. The idea of selling muddy jeans probably came after Edison's death. I read that someone sold a grilled cheese sandwich on E-Bay for $28,000. Supposedly, it had an image of the Virgin Mary on it.====HY YO: I heard that, too. I remember a 20/20 documentary when I was young about a Dorito that people thought had Christ's image on it.====JACK: I heard of a youth pastor who used Coke and chips for communion at a youth gathering. I wonder if the chips were Doritos?
FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: Most of our new neighbors are bib-overall people. In fact, I was looking at purchasing some for us just yesterday!!!====JACK: While you at it, you might check out Nordstrom's Muddy Jeans at $425 a pair. They also have women's bib overall shorts for summer wear at $275.
FROM TARMART REV: A few, but mostly Lee jeans.====JACK: How do they look with a clerical collar? You've probably have never worn one of those. They do tend to make you look chaplainy.
FROM HONEST JOHN: And, I know fools in. Overalls who are an ont i magen. Decent people and jerks come in all types of clothing.====JACK: There you go...showing off your knowledge of Swedish again. I suppose you're there in Port Huron, clothed in clerics, campaigning.
FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL: we still have a couple of farmers in the family, on Margaret's side. Brother in law Jake has a daughter who is taking over the farm, all 1800 acres. and she has 4 little children! but i don't think she wears any bibs:):):)====JACK: One of the congregations in my first parish was a country church (with outhouses in back). What great people, over all.
FROM BB IN ILLINOIS: Love Copeland…going to play the Fanfare now.====JACK: YouTube is great. I'm listening to the Fanfare now, as I type.
FROM GOOD SAMARITAN LS: No but they are working class people, not upper echelon types. Don't know any well to do's to speak of. I identify with these types(working class individuals) or working stiffs 😊====JACK: The origin of "working stiff" seems to be clouded, but the source I like says that hard workers tend to get stiff from their labor.
FROM CHESTER THE GOOD: Strange you should do this one today. Liz and I went to The Machuie Shed fr lunch today. Guess what the waitresses were wearing...bib overalls.====JACK: Ah, the Machine Shed...one of my favorite eating places. I've been to that one in Davenport. In fact, I have a box of bacon-flavored toothpicks from the Machine Shed.
FROM AW IN ILLINOIS: No, but I have bib overalls, and wear them every halloween...with a straw hat and a straw in my mouth, if I can find a sanitary one. AlW I do have 2 pair of coveralls, such as a mechanic might wear. At one time they were acceptable CAP dress.====JACK: Yes, I remember coveralls which mechanics would wear at car dealerships/ Some deer hunters would wear insulated ones. The old days weren't so bad, after all. My dad used yo wear BVDs...one-piece underwear.
FROM BLAZING OAKS: My uncles on my dad's side wore the "bibs" as they were farmers. Definitely not designer-types! But yes, good, genuine, hardworking people. Our school code prohibits wearing torn or holy jeans to school, so if they buy the pricey pre-torn variety, it is for after school or weekends. (I can't imagine wanting to look like that...! another sphere where I''m a dinosaur!) I have one friend who occasionally does wear bibs...she is a free spirit, but intelligent, and a lot of fun! :-) All types of people come in all types of clothing, when you come right down to it!====JACK: The farm folk usually had Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes. The overalls were for chores...and mama usually wore an apron around the house. How long has it been since you've worn an apron? ====OAKS: Yes, they also were very regular church goers! I wear an apron a lot...have quite an assortment of them to cover my clothes when I'm cooking or baking. my daughter and in-laws only wear them occasionally, if they are working in "Sunday-go-to meetin' clothes...) :-)