Monday, December 10, 2012

Cold WX Gear

From today and a couple o' years ago... first, today:

I AM smiling, dammit.

The title of the pic is "cold weather formal" and that's coz we dressed up for our dental appointment today.  Which is about as dressed up as we get, unless we wear the uniform to some function or another.  That said, this pea coat is my favorite winter wear and it's the Real Deal, which is to say Navy-issue and formerly worn by SN2 before he crossed over to The Dark Side.  I inherited his pea coat mainly coz ossifers don't wear these things.  They have bridge coats, dontcha know.

When it's cold outside and we're not all dressed up we look like what you see below.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Baby It's COLD Outside!

We're just in from our walk up to the mail kiosk here in Beautiful La Hacienda Trailer Park... and we kinda-sorta enjoyed the oh-so-wintry 20 degree temps (that would be 7 degrees, with the wind chill figgered in).  I say "enjoyed" because the weather gives us an opportunity to play dress up.  Like this:

It's not often I get to break out the Ol Rooshian hat these days, which saw daily winter use back when I lived in Ra-cha-cha.  You should disregard the mixed sartorial messages, Gentle Reader.  I'm sure the combination of  hat, ancient field jacket, and kaffiya creates a serious WTF? moment for the casual observer.  Or perhaps a "what an idiot!" sort of reaction.  One never knows...

But... about the hat.  From an old post:
I bought the hat in a flea market while on one of my business trips to Moscow in the early '90s. I wanted a Russian air force hat for what should be obvious reasons...but, alas, there were none to be found that day. So...I bought the hat you see here, in Russian Navy Blue, which... all credit to our Russian comrades... is actually blue (the leather bits, not the fur)...unlike US Navy "blue," which we all know is black. Those of us with unimpaired color vision, anyway.
And here's a close up of the hat emblem:

I love wearing this thing... it's one of the better artifacts from Former Happy Days.
I've worn that get-up to Wally-World on occasion and get the strangest looks.  Makes me wonder why, it does.

18 comments:

  1. товарищ самец!

    The first photo says "Aging rock star".

    The second says "I can have you shot for that!"

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    1. Heh. There are SOME people in this world who might could agree with you on yer second comment.

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    2. OldAFSarge may not be a pilot but he scores a "shack" on his analysis of both pics, lol

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  2. I like the winter beard. The second pic reminds me of some Bolshevik from "Dr. Zhivago."

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  5. Glad you mentioned the dental appointment. I've been meaning to ask you how things are progressing in that regard. So, how are things progressing in that regard?

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    1. Too damned slow, actually. Yesterday was a routine cleaning appointment, tomorrow I have "permanent PMEs" put in (what ever the Hell those are), and I should finish up in mid-January. I haven't had a freakin' sandwich since October and it's bugging the Hell outta me.

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  6. There are a bunch of Russians where I work (back in the day, when the Iron Curtain fell, all sorts of highly-trained Russian engineers found out they could get paid really well in the decadent west). Those hats are amazing. . .

    (and heck, with the kaffiyeh and the OD field jacket, you got most of the 70s going at the same time. . .)

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    1. The Russians KNOW winter and build some of the best cold-weather gear in the world. I really like my hat. As you say: it's amazing, especially considering the fact it's a gub'mint-issue item. While we're on about hats... I saw some absolutely beautiful fox-fur woman's winter hats while I was there and told The Second Mrs. Pennington I was gonna buy one for her. Her response? "Don't, I won't wear it." Her loss.

      As for the '70s thing... "...talkin' 'bout my generation..." ;-)

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    2. Heck Buck, I think the Rooskies invented winter.

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  7. Looking mighty fine there Buck. Especially love the pea coat. The Oracle has one that belonged to a long-dead uncle. It's in storage in our cedar closet and it was made to fit a wee tiny man (shorter and thinner than you!) and The Oracle is neither short nor thin. It's still a very cool thing to have.

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    1. SN2 is bigger than me... I had to have the sleeves on mine shortened and the length is longer than it would be if the coat fit me correctly.

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  8. I'm very happy to see you wear and enjoy the coat.

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