It’s That Time of Year Again!

Here’s hoping you had a great Thanksgiving, for those who celebrated. And for those who didn’t, hopefully you had a wonderful week.

My boots blew out this morning while getting laced up. I bought the footwear on Amazon in October 2016. After wearing them mostly everyday while hiking around the river and other haunts for my photographic endeavors, I can’t complain. Certainly got my money’s worth.

Going online to purchase the same item again, alas, I found they’re unavailable. Drat, that’s just my luck. Seemingly all the others for under $100.00 have zippers down their inner sides. Why is that, a new fashion trend perhaps?

Dress Boots – Photo courtesy of Amazon

My dress boots have zippers, also bought on Amazon, for which I thought was a novel idea. They reminded me of my Beatle Boots from way back in the day. For rugged wear, methinks zippers aren’t appropriate and will fail in no time. I usually don’t have very good luck with zippers.

Not wanting to wear my other shoes for traipsing around in the woods, I drove to a department store and purchased a decent pair that’s waterproof, insulated, oil-resistant, and comfortable out of the box. Walked for a couple of miles this afternoon to break them in, so I’m good to go expectantly for another few years.

New Boots – Photo from Walmart’s Website.

They really stand out, like a new pair of sneakers. Saw some familiar folks along the way. “Get new boots?” they all said. Had to bite my tongue so as not to appear offensive.

“No, I clean and shine them every day before going out,” I felt like saying, but told them the story that’s included in this tirade.

Since questioning the reason why all new boots have zippers lately, allow me to inquire about some other mysteries of modern-day life and otherwise when aging:

  • When charitable marketers solicit for contributions, they send so-called “Free Gifts” along with their requests for money. The solicitors are actually telling us now how much we should contribute to make it worth their while. Whether it be address labels, cheap pens and a few sheets of personalized stationary, what have you, the items end up in the garbage bin.
    My question here is, aren’t gifts supposed to be free? Don’t expect me to send back money in return, and please, stop sending me this junk!
  • Why do ears continue to grow while everything else either shrinks, droops, or shrivels up as we grow older? OK, so our bellies, butts and thighs grow larger in many instances.
  • Why doesn’t leg hair turn gray?
  • How come items like cereal, coffee, cookies, and most other foodstuff, come in boxes, bottles, jars, hermetically sealed bags, and containers that are either half-full or half-empty, depending on how one looks at it? The manufacturers say the extra room is from settling, but does it have to be twice the size of the product inside?
    I bought a bottle of 200 low-dose aspirins today. The pills took up one-third of the container. What a waste of money and space. That’s just a ploy by the makers, in my opinion, to make consumers think they’re getting more for their buck.
  • Why do people speak way louder when they are outside, especially my neighbors while they’re passing by my apartment late at night?
  • Why do people speak way louder when talking on their cell phones? That goes for everywhere.
Bristol Borough, Pa.

My complaining Jones has been fulfilled for another entry. Stopped by Bristol on Black Friday. They had their Christmas tree up already, and the official lighting thereof occurred later that evening. It’s official. I heard my first holiday song for the season there: “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” by Brenda Lee, followed by a multitude of old standards.

Today, while in Walmart, I was thankful for not hearing any Yuletide music over the PA system. That will soon change, for sure.

Thanks for stopping in, putting up with my bellyaching, and for your continued support.

About Mike Slickster

As an early retiree with an honorary doctorate degree from the proverbial "School of Hard Knocks," this upcoming author with a lot of free time on his hands utilizes his expansive repertoire for humorous yet tragic, wildly creative writing that contains years of imaginative fantasy, pure nonsense, classic slapstick, extreme happiness and searing heartbreak; gathered by a wealth of personal experiences throughout his thrilling—sometimes mundane or unusually horrid—free-spirited, rock-'n'-roller-coaster ride around our beloved Planet Earth. Mike Slickster's illustrious quest continues, living now in Act Three of his present incarnation, quite a bit on the cutting edge of profundity and philosophical merriment as seen through his colorful characters, most notably evident in the amusing Thirty Days Across the Big Pond series, all of which can be found at
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4 Responses to It’s That Time of Year Again!

  1. Alien Resort says:

    If you have to hear Christmas music, Brenda Lee is the way to go.

  2. motorsarge says:

    Thanks Mike my brain isn’t working like it should. I read all of your posts. I live vicariously thru you with your river walks and of course Sarobia. Thanks again.Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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