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Dirt and Diesel,

There was a story in my Daily Mail, yesterday I think.

Pre-stained jeans. Can you believe that? Three hundred and thirty quid a pair ( we need a head-palm smilie. ) Totally amazed here.
Basically, it's a pair of jeans, with no fraying holes and knees in tact, amazed with that also, fashion is moving on. Distressed jeans are so yesterday it would seem.

Anyway, Pre-stained Jeans;
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So many years ago now, in my late teens and early twenties I worked on various pipelines, allow me to elaborate. The laying of mains pipes cross country linking towns and villages, for the movement of sewerage.
IN my time, shoring-up joint-holes, assisting in the process of digging trenches and backing-filling ( am I talking to ex pipeline workers yet? ), I went home looking just like the picture in that article. The browned colouring is obvious that's just dirt but the dark staining well, if you ever maintained water-pumps or worked around heavy plant machinery you would know, that's a stain that only diesel can leave. Been there,done that, for free.

In those days we were laying down an infrastructure, and I suppose, it endures but young ones you are missing out big time. Okay, I was a deadbeat, lol! forty years on I still am a deadbeat, but I want to say to fellow deadbeats "get out there, do it. Stained jeans? I earned mine".

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I just bought a 1978 Ford F-250 for me and my son to work on.
We'll "distress" our own jeans. And the money we saved goes toward sandpaper and primer.
dither, the art of getting one's hands dirty is lost. Funny thing, my son's friends are jealous. Kids still wanna get dirty. It's the adults that have lost touch... literally.
 
Winston,
we've become over-protective.
So many activities have been taken away from the young because your son/daughter or my son/daughter might just be that one in a million or so who get's seriously or fatally injured. You can't wrap children up in cotton wool.
Maybe you should rescue a few old heaps from the scrapper and invite all your son's friends over, with signed disclaimers of course.
 
Winston,
I've been thinking.
Are your son's friends jealous of the getting dirty or the relationship that you have with your son?
What you have with your son is priceless.
Just a thought.
 
dither;bt9535 said:
Winston,
I've been thinking.
Are your son's friends jealous of the getting dirty or the relationship that you have with your son?
What you have with your son is priceless.
Just a thought.

Thanks for putting that in perspective. I do tend to take some things for granted. I most certainly should not.
 

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