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    Shoot, I'm sorry that there have been so many here who encountered personal issues with Red Wing boots. Probably my dad's boots lasted forever because he wasn't having to use them every day for work, so he got lucky. Darn, I had hoped that I had the perfect solution for you!
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    All right, so I'm sneaking out of lurking once again, which I do maybe once or twice a year, but I'm compelled to deliver my $.02 about boots. Before I retired, I worked claims and risk management for manufacturers. One of my clients was Red Wing Shoes out of Red Wing, Minnesota. If you are looking for high quality boots that will last you FOREVER, you can do no better than a Red Wing boot. They cost a pretty penny, but they are serious high quality boots. You know some of the electrical linemen cleaning up to get power restored after Florence? I'd bet that a lot of them are wearing these boots, because they keep the lineman safe, sturdy, and don't wear out immediately. My dad had a pair of Red Wing boots that he used for tromping around in the woods, bought them in the 1960s, and wore them up until he passed away in 2015. He sent the boots in for repairs a time or two. Repairs! I've personally walked the repair department and it's a full blown manufacturing department. Bad news is boots cost over $300. Good news is that you might never, ever need another pair of boots in your life. The employees are treated pretty well, pay is decent, and boots are American made. I was proud to have them as my client. Regular people wear the boots for hiking, hunting, work, and just regular every day wear. Jeez, I sound as though I'm in sales.
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    Flip or Flop Las Vegas

    I finally had a chance to catch up on my Flip or Flop Vegas obsession. The opening to the golf course club condo almost derailed my watching, and my complaint isn't attached to the decorating for once. Aubrey was wearing her heeled black shoes on the putting green! Golf Etiquette 101 is to be respectful of the conditioning of the greens. No spikes, heels or stilettos allowed. Ever! The black and white golf course condo was an Aubrey and Bristol flip that I could see purchasing, with removal of the overhead mirror feature in the master bedroom. I appreciated they were careful removing the kitchen cabinets so that they could be donated, along with the furniture and belongings left in the condo. Now on to the condo with the mural. I didn't like the faux brick paneling for the mural in the bedroom. Thank goodness it was painted white. I agree with everyone that the mural wasn't for me. It's too large and too personal a decorating style.
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    Great American Read

    I'm conflicted over voting, which turns reading selection into a competition. If it gets more of us engaged in reading, though, the outcomes will be worth it. I have to shift my emphasis on this being a selection of a great book that Americans read to a focus of "hey, it's great that Americans are reading!"
  5. I'm old, so please understand that I'm not qualified to speak about current music. It does seem, however, that Kelly Clarkson wowed the crowd with her singing. I hope that Kelly keeps it up because she seems such a genuine person and I just want to spend time hanging out with her and listening to her be kind. We need more kindness!
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    Flip or Flop Las Vegas

    The rustic glam house had multiple offers and sold for $315,000. What the what?! Bristol had a couple of good ideas for this house. He suggested removing the wall around the fireplace, which I questioned until I saw the results. Then he also picked out some really nice tile for the main bathroom. It was fun to watch them shop together until the red tile appeared. How many different wood patterns were in the finished house? Aubrey stained the wood for the 70's paneled wall (#1) and then used a different light wood (#2) for the master bedroom. I think she also chose the laminate flooring with the faux square pegs (#3). Then Bristol stained the wood (#4???) for the upper wall of the fireplace. I'm not sure how this has turned into appointment tv for me, but it has.
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    Flip or Flop Las Vegas

    The blue and green house may be worse even than the condo that had the purple sink. With the blue and green house there was no place for the eye to rest.
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    Flip or Flop Las Vegas

    I was finally able to catch up on the first two episodes of this season. I love this show because Aubrey's use of color is insane. And I mean insane in the literal sense, where one is carted away wrapped up tightly in a white coat! Except in Aubrey's case it would be a coat of baby food green. You know, that kind of green where it coordinates with gray for kind of a military camouflage vibe? Seriously, Aubrey knows how to bring the entertainment with her use of color, sparkles/feathers/mirrors, and her hair styles during open houses. I don't know what's wrong with me because I wouldn't follow Aubrey's decorating style or inspiration, but I am always so happy to watch what she pulls together. Is she in on the craziness, do you think? Every now and then, there's a design element that I like, such as the metal stair railing in the first episode. Since the stair railing was covering three levels of the house, it did add a cool element. Then the design went off the rails (ha! rails, railing, get it? I'll be here all night, folks. Then we move to the ranch house, which is in horse country. I don't ride horses, don't know horse people, etc., but I just can't imagine that the decorating and remodeling done by Aubrey is what a horse owner is looking for in living quarters. I imagine that there's a lot of dust and manure. That's a lovely image reflected back at you from your mirrored tiles as you wash away the horse adventures! I really do like to watch both Aubrey and Bristol, including the fact that I think it would be fascinating to spend an afternoon with them and get tanked on tequila. For some reason, I think they'd be a blast. Don't judge me.
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    S05.E13: The Skinny

    This reunion show can't be good for Buddy's recovery. Wow.
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    S05.E12: My Big Fat Baby

    I feel bad for Heather as well, but I wonder if her confusion over closure and Heather taking forever to heal is due in part to some shenanigans we weren't privy to seeing from Whitney. I do think that Whitney still had feelings for Buddy that crossed over into K-I-S-S-I-N-G in a tree. Because that's Whitney's level of maturity. From what little this reality show allowed us to see I felt that there was enough shown on the surface throughout different seasons that Whitney still showed an unusual attachment to Buddy. Most specifically, there seemed to be an odd competition or vibe in the air when I saw Lenny/Whitney and Buddy/Heather at the same time. Then her driving to Charleston, unannounced to Buddy, was over the top to me.
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    S05.E12: My Big Fat Baby

    When we were watching Tal move in with his box labeled "books," I couldn't take my eyes off Whitney's greasy, greasy hair. It makes me question how often she bathes or showers because her hair was just nasty. I can imagine that Tal wasn't happy to have that head of grease plopped down right under his nose. Then when Todd talked about the Cheeto dust under her fingers, which was the day following the dance class in Charleston, I had to pause the show and go outside for a breath of fresh air. I hate the thought of her bringing an adopted child into her home. Crossing my fingers that it really is just a TLC driven plot line.
  12. I am a constant lurker, and I always love so many of your comments. It's a pain how introverted I am, even on PTV (!), but I'm coming out of lurking to tell you about a book that was just released 2/20 that can shed a light on why things can continue from generation to generation. The book is Educated by Tara Westover. As I read the book and continued to question why the author allowed her family to treat her so horribly I kept making comparisons to Ma and Pa Duggar and the harm they have brainwashed into their children. It's also just a freakin' fascinating book. Fair warning: There are some graphic medical and abuse scenes that will tear at your heart. OK, back to lurking!
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    S04.E08: Nothing is Set in Stone

    It's likely that Jazz's grandfather was raised at a time when people did think there was a religious prohibition against tattoos for Jewish people. He also may have been raised around some relatives who related experiences of the Holocaust. I think the grandfather tried to hold it together during the proclamation from Jazz that she had gotten a tattoo, and it appeared to me he was truly emotional over what Jazz had done. I felt bad that the vow renewal, staged as it was by TLC, was used as a platform to reveal the tattoo and the surgery date. Greg looked sucker punched.
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    S04.E07: Hungry for Acceptance

    Since the audience seemed to come from the Dance Gallery, the parents of the grammar school children must have elected to sign permission for the children to attend. Who knows what promises, I mean lies, were told by TLC about the Be You program?
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    S04.E07: Hungry for Acceptance

    When the Be You sing along ended, I thought we were then shown the exterior of a building that had Dance Gallery on the side of it. I thought the program was held at this dance company, not at a school. I hope that I'm correct about it being a dance school.
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    Broke It, Bent It, Tried To Fix It: Home Improvements

    We painted our house last summer. It's a two story Colonial, built in 1993. We painted it gray with cream trim and cream garage doors. I'm loving the cream trim; it is bright but not gleaming white. So many of our neighbors have commented that they like the gray/cream combination. I'm partial to cream trim, and I think it would look lovely against the cherry red and black shutters.
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    Family: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Good for you in not replying to your hothead uncle. He may deliberately be trying to push your buttons, and you have not given him that satisfaction. Stating the obvious, it can be really tough to lose parents. This was my 3rd Mother's Day without my mom; this was the first one since I lost her that has felt semi normal to me. We all grieve in different ways and at our own pace. Be kind and gentle to yourself.
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    I'm glad that you weren't injured @AgentRXS. As you said, you didn't want to be working, but you knew that you didn't have a choice. I hope that the rest of your day went better and that you're home right now saying TGIF.
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    Discontinued Products (Non-Food) You Miss

    The odor of Noxema immediately came back to me when reading your post. It always felt so cool but was pungent.
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    I enjoyed a wonderful day of researching family history by poking in the backroom at a county courthouse (couldn't believe the employees just let me wander around on my own), visited a small town Iowa county museum, and went crazy with my eyesight trying to read microfilm at the library. The weather was gorgeous, and I was in and out of most of the buildings within an hour so I was able to indulge my history nerd side and still experience great spring weather. It's been a couple of years since I've been able to dig in and research on location, and I'm now psyched to schedule more of these trips as soon as possible.
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    The Victorian Slum

    I enjoyed Manor House, Frontier House, and the other similar shows that PBS has done (Except Texas Ranch House, I hated the family in charge of the ranch in that one). @Misslindsey, I agree with you on how much I enjoyed the other House shows on PBS. I'm out of town and staying in a hotel, and I couldn't believe it last night that the hotel doesn't carry PBS in its channel line up. 18 different ESPN channels, but no PBS! The horror of making me wait until I return home and can finally watch Victorian Slum On Demand. Also, I seriously disliked the ranch family in Texas Ranch House. I stumbled upon the wife when listening to a podcast, Genealogy Gems. Lisa Louise Cook puts out the podcast and was the ranch owner's wife. Thank goodness I hadn't subscribed to the free podcast or paid for the premium service.
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    Home Town

    I'm several episodes behind, so I just watched the Beard Home, which became the Holloway (sp?) home. Liked: Rehabbing a home with history. Maintaining the original woodwork. Drop leaf table in kitchen nook. Discovering the bees and moving them to new home. Homeowner's reaction to historical plaque. Things that made me go hmmm, interesting, not sure how I feel about it: Repurposing piano into desk. Ben licking honey off his hands in talking head with Erin. Just no: Ben, don't take a nap on new swing cushions after you're so sweaty from your hard work on the home. No, no, no! I really wish that we could have seen what was accomplished upstairs.
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    All Episodes Talk: French Country in Texas?

    Just watched the 1/3/2017 episode, Retiring to the Country. I liked the exterior renovation of the wrap around porch and the pergola in the backyard. The console tables in the hallway that were constructed from wood that was headed to the burn pile were tables that I felt fit the country Texas feel of the home. A lot of work went into completely flipping the floor plan of this home, and I think it was one of the better renovations from Chip and Jo. The three French doors that were added to the living space added so much light.
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    Home Town

    I hadn't noticed Erin's car because I was mesmerized by Ben's truck. I'll pay closer attention when I watch the next show, but no worries @Gam2, you've got dibs on the car and I've got dibs on the truck. Now we just need to convince Erin and Ben to part with them.
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    @Riley702, I don't know what to say. I will toast to your sentiment of "may it be many years" even if it does mean the two shot treatment.