Saturday, November 22, 2008


Analyze your blog… and by inference, your personality type. Here. The “instant analysis” sez this about EIP (and the analysis IS instant… so much so that it makes ya wonder: “How’d they DO that?”):
ESTP - The Doers
The active and play-ful type. They are especially attuned to people and things around them and often full of energy, talking, joking and engaging in physical out-door activities.

The Doers are happiest with action-filled work which craves their full attention and focus. They might be very impulsive and more keen on starting something new than following it through. They might have a problem with sitting still or remaining inactive for any period of time.

And here’s a screen-shot of the graphic that accompanies the analysis:
I have my doubts, Gentle Reader… I have my doubts. Shorter: Wrong, Sparky.


We’re currently in the midst of a pretty good cold snap, as noted elsewhere and below. I kinda like that because this is the time of year I get to drag various coats and jackets out of the closet and renew my acquaintance with ‘em… an acquaintance that goes back over 20 years in two cases and nearly that amount of time in one other.
Like most guys, I don’t own a lot of outer garments. As I matter of fact, I have five…which is probably a little bit more than most men. But two of those garments are relegated to storage; I wear three outer garments on a regular basis. Strangely enough… all three are military-issue items. Today was the first day of the winter season that I wore my favorite jacket… an M-65 field jacket. (Full disclosure: I actually have two field jackets, only one of which is still serviceable enough to wear in public. The other is really worn… ripped here, torn there, the Velcro is gone, and it has all sorts of grease stains and such on it. It’s worn as a work jacket… if it’s worn at all, given as how I don’t do much “work” these days.)
My daily-wear M-65 was issued to me in 1984, the year before I retired from the Air Force. I knew I was gonna go, my retirement papers were in and approved, and I wanted a new field jacket to last me into retirement, as my old one was looking a lil bit the worse for wear. So… I beat feet down to supply, requested a new field jacket, got it, signed the receipt, and was on my way, a Happy Troop if there ever was one. I’ve worn that jacket every winter since. You cannot beat the thing for utility, what with its four large cargo pockets, collar-concealed hood, a button-in polyfil lining that keeps you oh-so-toasty, and the fact it’s waterproof… provided you give it an annual spray-down with Scotchgard. And when it gets dirty? Just throw it in the wash. That’s it. The M-65 looks damned good, it’s utilitarian, and it’s low maintenance. What else is there?
(Me and my M-65 in Yellowstone, May of 2000. It was frickin’ cold that day… and I was on the bike, too. But I stayed warm.)
Well, it turns out there IS something else. The M-65 is casual. VERY casual. For more upscale occasions I wear my pea coat. (Don’t laugh… it’s true. And I’m weird, I’ll freely admit.) My pea coat is The Real Thing and not some sort of knock-off (one sees a tremendous amount of knock-offs advertised as “Navy Issue” or some other such blather. Most aren’t even close.) And how do I know my pea coat is real? Coz it used to belong to SN2 when he was on the E-side of the Navy house (Pea coats are only worn by enlisted sailors. Ossifers wear Bridge Coats [scroll down for pic]. I’m serious.). He gifted it to me the year he was commissioned… the culmination of literally years of me badgering him to “get me a pea coat!!1!!” And so he did.
I love this coat. It, too, is quite versatile, and being 100% heavy wool it’s also very warm… especially with the collar turned up. I’ve been wearing my pea coat for about 15 years now, assuming I’ve done the math correctly. From the looks of things I’ll probably get at least another 15 years out of it… maybe more. The thing simply doesn’t show wear at all.
(Pic: Me, Grandson Sean, and SN1 on San Francisco Bay… an appropriate milieu for a pea coat, no? c. 2001.)
Last, but not at ALL least… My A2 flight jacket is perfect for Spring/Fall weather and is the jacket you’ll see me in most frequently. My A2 is over 20 years old and was made by Cooper, a firm that’s out of business now but was the official supplier to the USAF, back when the Air Force re-authorized the A2 for wear in the 1980s. The A2 I own is made of goatskin and is the “older” design, which precedes newer gub’mint-issue items manufactured after 1987. You can still buy the older model here (from Cockpit USA (formerly Avirex LTD), the current manufacturer and supplier of the A2 to the Air Force). Or… if you prefer the current, updated model (which is visually identical to the original A2 but has internal pockets)… you can buy that here.
Digression: The Second Mrs. Pennington about had a cow (man!) when I told her I wanted this jacket in the way-back. She looked at the price and flipped out… being the frugal woman she was and probably still is… telling me I could get something “just as good” for about half the price at any six stores in Detroit. But that wasn’t the point, I countered… “this is an official Mil-Spec A2!” And so it went… back ‘n’ forth. I obviously won the battle (I lost the war, but let’s not go there) and I feel somewhat vindicated, too. The jacket has lasted lo these 20+ years and looks just as good as the day I bought it. Better, even, since it’s acquired that patina one sees in old but well-kept leather. Besides that… It’s Teh Quality, Gentle Reader.
(Further digression: TSMP and I had a “one hundred dollar rule,” meaning consultation was required prior to purchasing anything over that amount. That’s a really good rule to have in a relationship, btw. It stops a lot of arguments… not to mention regrettable impulse-buys… dead in their tracks.)

(Pic: Me wearing my A2… somewhere in the Wilds of New Mexico (which is shorthand for “I don’t remember”), c. 2004.) 
And those other two outer garments? One is a Yuppie-looking windbreaker with an oh-so-discreet EDS corporate logo embroidered on it. It’s nice but it’s not me. I wore that thing rarely… most often to casual corporate events back in the day where it was de rigueur to fly the flag. I don’t know why I keep it. Souvenir value, I suppose.

The other item is a Burberry trench coat, another relic from corporate days. It, too, is most versatile, warm (with the liner zipped in), good looking in a “Bond. James Bond” sort of way, and probably never will go out of style. I love that thing (as much as anyone can “love” an inanimate object), but it doesn’t quite go with the levis and tee shirt ensembles that are en vogue around here. But: I can’t bear to part with it and who knows? I may have to go to a funeral in a cold rain some day. And if that happens… I’m ready. 
Well. That was much ado about not much, eh?


  1. I took the blog test and I am a Doer too. Are we all going to become Doers??? And how does it come up with an answer almost instantaneously? I'm skeptical too.

    My husband has some military gear of various ages -- some from his Air Force days, and some from recent years when he did government contracts and did some traveling for which they outfitted him with their clothing. The one thing about that military stuff is how comfortable it always looks. I LOVE the leather flight jacket -- glad you won the battle and got that one -- it's very cool.

  2. I took the test for both of my blogs. I am a performer and a mechanic. What a split personality!

    I have less outer jackets to wear than you, and I'm a gal. Once I get a coat I love, I wear it to shreds.

  3. I haven't had time to take the quiz, but will do so later. I think I need a M-65 coat, although I would worry that the upper pockets would not work well for me. The pea-coat is a favorite - Jesse has one and it is classy. I would kill to have the Mil-Spec A2 - you should never give up the chance to put your woman in leather.

  4. Sharon sez: Are we all going to become Doers??? And how does it come up with an answer almost instantaneously? I'm skeptical too.

    As I said over at Kris' place, Sharon... the "analysis" might have been valid six years ago, but today? Not so much. And I don't care HOW fast an application is... there's NO way an app could analyze the writing in ANY blog that quickly.

    But... it's good to know you're a "Doer," too!

    Michelle sez: I have less outer jackets to wear than you, and I'm a gal. Once I get a coat I love, I wear it to shreds.

    Well... you're obviously the exception that proves the rule (where clothes are concerned)... you split-personality blogger, you! ;-)

    Lou sez: I think I need a M-65 coat, although I would worry that the upper pockets would not work well for me. The pea-coat is a favorite - Jesse has one and it is classy. I would kill to have the Mil-Spec A2 - you should never give up the chance to put your woman in leather.

    I knew lotsa AF women in the way-back that wore the field jacket with no problems, Lou. And I LOVE the look on a girl, too!

    re: the pea coat. I've had the occasional offer to buy mine right off my back, believe it or don't. The pea coat is and will always remain a crowd favorite, eh?

    I think you ought to start lobbying Toby for an A2... you have the links where ya can buy it! You'd look really good in one, methinks!

  5. I own two coats. Hey, it's Vegas! It just doesn't get that cold here.

  6. Not even at night, in... say... February, Christina? ;-)

  7. Coats, hmm...I have 2 heavy duty parkas, three jean jackets( one embroidered and beaded on the back), one leather, one mink, and one beautiful fitted green corduroy. I never took inventory before, it seems I have way too many coats/jackets.

    I wear the leather, jean jackets and mink the most, depending on how cold it is. The parkas make me look like michelin man, so they mostly just hang in the closet.

    I took that test too, it was wrong.

  8. Oh, it can get pretty nippy, but with a scarf and gloves, I'm good.
    No major bundling up necessary. Thank God!

  9. Tested my blog one day, it told me I was a mechanic (ISTP, I believe). Took it again a few days later, and now I am a doer. Whatever.

    Jackets: one wool, one leather, one for rain.


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