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  1. The policy specifies "navy blue or black p@nt$, like Dickies or Dockers..." They won't allow denim.
  2. Oh, the store manager would be fine with me wearing a kilt and has said so. Sadly, it's a retail environment, and there is a published dress code/uniform standard (among other things, this suggests that a kilt that I would be able to get away with would be navy blue or nearly black, and I don't have a Utilikilts Workmans in black--yet). The HR harridan would have a hissy fit (although we don't see her on a daily basis--we are one of five or six stores in her district).
  3. At the time, I was more interested in returning to having a revenue stream than I was in making sure I could work in a kilt. Sometimes we don't have the luxury of saying, "I'll only work for you if I can wear a kilt." I don't have a money tree in my back yard, and don't assume anyone else does, either. And, to be fair, there are places where kilts aren't the best choice of work wear.
  4. I've been a little busy... Got laid off a week or two before Thanksgiving. Started the new job the Monday after Thanksgiving (at better pay than any job I've had for the last five years, and better than most I've had). Had three or four weeks at six-day work weeks (the overtime has been quite helpful...). We still have two Basset Hounds (Wilbur and Orville), and the key difference between raising two dogs and raising two kids (aside from that the dogs never grow up) is that I can take the dogs places on leashes and nobody gives me the stink-eye. Leash a kid? Now to get work to allow me to wear Utilikilts...
  5. IIRC, $50/yd is pretty good (the last time I priced Armstrong tartan, it was in the range of $75/yd).
  6. My wife's parents have a Border Collie. I refer to her as my "dog in law." Border Collies are very smart dogs, and can be over-achievers if trained well. They definitely need jobs to keep them busy.
  7. After many years of not feeling that I had a life that would be good for dogs, we now have two. To backtrack a bit, however, when I was a kid, we had a Basset Hound named Grover. He was, in many ways, a Basset's Basset. Many Basset people think Basset Hounds should have names with a certain ostentatious ring to them, and while Grover was part of our family, I happened on the thought that two Basset Hounds named after the Wright brothers would be fun. Fast forward to my fifty-fifth birthday a year and a half ago, and Jenn has been wanting another dog since Cisco passed away in 2013. We have Wilbur and Orville!
  8. I sure do like Newfies! Every one I've known has been a wonderful dog. Even the one described below: Many years ago, my stepfather and I did a lot of fence-building. On one job, there was a neighbor whose Newfie had run of the neighborhood (despite leash laws). The dog was a real sweetheart, and of course was curious about the noise we were making doing our work, so came over to inspect us. Over the time we were there, he figured out our morning tea/coffee break time, and made a point to be there in case cookies were available. There remained a place on the truck tailgate where "Newfie Drool" had taken away the paint (admitting that this was an early-70s Chevrolet pickup, and the paint was notorious on trucks of that era). Many happy days, months, and years for you and your new family member!!
  9. Probably not the line to have used in your situation, but I have had a guy give me guff about my kilt, in part to entertain his buddies. I looked him in the eye and said, so his buddies could hear, "Some guys need more room." His buddies proceeded to give HIM the guff.
  10. Sometimes the snap response IS the best. He dealt the hand, you just played it out. You had the better cards.
  11. The only Mead readily available to me here in Louisville KY is from Oliver Wines. It's certainly potable--even enjoyable--but I've no other meads to compare to it. My wife is quite fond of it. It's a special occasion pleasure.
  12. I saw them on their site the other day. I have to wonder, though, how they'd do on my super-wide feet (I wear 13EEEE most of the time).
  13. I lucked in to one of the few BoTK kilts from one of the earlier runs that actually looks good. Yes, it was pure luck. And it's pretty much my go-to kilt if I'm going to be wearing a sporran (most of my kilts are variations on the utility kilts). I have a Got-Kilt hybrid in Gordon, and I like it pretty well, too. So I can have the best of both worlds, and get a hybrid in BoTK now? SWEET!
  14. Heck, y'all are right across the Ohio River from me! I used to work as a property manager at the St Edward apartment building on Spring.
  15. I haven't been active here in quite some time, but I'm still eschewing p@nt$ when I can. There have been a couple of job changes, including a sudden departure from the bike shop (people don't leave jobs, they leave bad managers). And a life change: For my recent birthday, my wife bought me a puppy! A little humorous background: When my wife and I met (September of 2007), she would have described herself as a wallflower. She is something of an introvert. I, having owned and ridden recumbent bicycles since 1992, and having been in retail sales a fair bit, have proven myself to be much more gregarious. Jenn had a time adjusting to the reality that just about everywhere we went together (often even out of town), I would encounter someone I know, or meet someone with whom I have a common acquaintance. With some correlation to her being an introvert, her "dream dog" for many years has been a German Shepherd--a dog that is smart enough to know when to be gentle around its "pack," but well-known as a breed for not tolerating any assault on their people. In short, a dog that is a veritable sign screaming "Don't mess with me!!" I had a German Shepherd as a kid. She was a nice enough dog to us, but woe be unto anyone that tried to harm us. My parents had to euthanize her after she bit a friend of mine. Our next dog was a Basset Hound, because "who has ever heard of a mean Basset?" (And, yes, I know it can happen, either from poorly-managed breeding or willful mistreatment of the dog) Bassets, as any familiar with the breed can attest, are not dogs for introverts. Many people LOVE Basset Hounds--even a fair percentage of "non-dog" people find them adorable. One doesn't walk a Basset in public without getting attention of others. And, too, is the reality that a true hound, much like a kiltie, doesn't give much of a hoot what you think about him. Yes, my introverted wife got me a Basset Hound puppy. I have long had the daydream of having two Bassets (or two Bloodhounds, or one of each) named after the Wright brothers, since Orville and Wilbur are such excellent hound names. We were prepared to buy two dogs, but Jenn discovered some web traffic from reputable sources that discussed "Littermate Syndrome," in which the dogs bond to each other but NOT to the humans, with resulting problems that include separation anxiety (from each other), food aggression, and other behavioral problems. We haven't found anything that says it happens one in five times or four in five times, but prevention of Littermate Syndrome in a pair of dogs results in what seemed like three times the work of raising one dog, not the "time and a half" the work we had thought would be the case. So, we have Wilbur, since Wilbur was the elder of the Wright brothers. More pictures can be enjoyed on Wilbur's Facebook page, if you so desire.
  16. Since my day-wear kilts tend to be contemporary rather than traditional, I usually wear regular walking shoes. "Light hiking" shoes, shoes that are comfortable for my wide flat feet while working in retail, you get the picture. I am still fond of my Vibram Five-Finger shoes, and will wear them. Ghillie Brogues are not available in 13EEEE without spending far more than is reasonable for a formal wear shoe I'll wear twice in five years.
  17. I started riding recumbent bicycles in 1992. One cannot do that for long and remain an introvert (not that I was...), nor learn that some folks just don't have anything better to do than belittle people who are "not of their own tribe." The first time or two I went out kilted, yeah, it felt awkward. Now, I'm far more comfortable in a kilt than in p@nt$, both physically and mentally.
  18. Greetings from Kentucky! What part of Terrapin country? I was born in Havre deGrace, so I get to call some of the residents of that big city near D.C. "Baltimorons."
  19. I have a drawer where I keep my smaller kilt accessories (one of my sporrans, my ties, my sgian dubhs, and my flashes). I mostly just make sure the flashes are flat (not as worried about the elastics). I've not had to iron them, but a cool iron would probably do okay on the cheaper flashes.
  20. Good to see your name as "among the standing" again!
  21. And we continue to be glad of that!
  22. I recently traveled to visit my grandmother, who lives in Williamsburg, VA. Sadly, I didn't have time to socialize, or I would have posted for a kilt night. High point of the trip for the purposes of THIS forum within the Kiltsrock forums is that I found my new favorite tasty brew: Devils Backbone Kilt Flasher Wee Heavy. Sadly, since it's made in Virginia, it's hard to get in Kentucky. I have an excuse for return trips (in addition to visiting my grandmother).