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October 27, 2013

Points East: Time to find my long johns

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — So here it is, at this writing, the 21st day of October and leaves on the woods across the way are still as green as the bushel of bell peppers that Loretta and I picked Saturday afternoon before the frost hit Sunday morning.

I have a feeling though, that they will be brown by the time you read this and that I will be in long johns from now until next May.  I’ve learned, the hard way, that no matter when I switch from long underwear back to basic boxer briefs, I’m going to have the sneezing sniffles for three days or so. I figure it’s easier to sweat through Indian summer and warm spells in early spring than it is to endure a bad cold.

They’re pricey but I’ve found the two piece stuff that skiers and snowmobilers wear under it all are one of the best inventions in fabrics to come along in the last few decades.  They do cost over three times as much as regular old thermal knit but they fit like another layer of skin and they are really light weight.  And they don’t seem to wear out.  I have some I’m still wearing that are at least four years old.

As ole Henry Ford said of the Model T, “They come in whatever color you want, as long as it’s black.” The brand I mostly wear is called Dunlap.  At least I think it’s spelled that way.  I probably have a dozen sets.  At least I heard Loretta tell one of the kids the other day, “Do not get him anymore underwear or socks.  An Amazon kindle gift card would be perfect.”   One assumes Christmas shopping is also underway  while certain daughters shop for my grandkids’ Halloween costumes.

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