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Posts posted by p1ng74

  1. 45 minutes ago, mlroseplant said:

    I sometimes forget that I am used to seeing certain things. Evidently most people are not. I'm still trying to figure out what is the least bit unusual about those pictures that would get you kicked out of a cowboy boot group.

    Since they didn't even have the courtesy of sending me a note to explain anything, I guess I will never know.  I figured if I missed something you folks would point it out.  It was a somewhat small and exclusionary group that only talked about making and collecting custom and vintage boots.  I admit I enjoyed the constant feed of pictures of custom boots, and I actually took inspiration from them in designing this pair that I just got.  Perhaps that is why it hurt a little.  I should just assume now that it was probably some misunderstanding.  We did have some problems with Asian spam in the past, and they may have taken one look at my name and booted me lol.  Though everyone living around here takes one look at my pictures and immediately knows from the live oak trees that I am in central Texas, so I dunno.  

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  2. 2 hours ago, Jkrenzer said:

    ????, not aware of this group your talking about. Cowboy boots? Too right wing possibly to accept your fancy boots?

    Sorry, couldn't resist.

    I think you're on the right track and it extends beyond right wingers - guess it's time to move on.  I have been in that group as long as I have been at HHP, and it is very well known that some of the members live and work near me - this is basically cowboy boot country.  But in the entire time only one person has expressed any desire to meet or have any kind of friendship.  Guess I wasn't good enough for them.  On the other hand, the HHP community is spread across the entire world, and yet I have managed to meet two people here in person.  

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  3. I'm baffled - have I already pushed it too far with this pair of boots?  I posted these 2 pictures up on a Custom Cowboy Boots group that I had enjoyed, and I was mysteriously kicked out of the group with absolutely no explanation.  Crazy times we are in.  

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  4. Had to take a quick picture of the new custom boots that were finished and picked up today.  The heels aren’t quite 4” but I think they make a bit of a statement beyond what men usually wear:  


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  5. 2 hours ago, Jkrenzer said:

    Mistook my meaning, centrist by not being far left or far right. I'm not abdicating single party system by any means. However both parties have have strayed so far off center, dems are almost socialist and republicans are almost neo. We need to meet in the middle to get things done. Trump was elected due to his outsider status, problem is he can't get off his "all about me" mentality. He actually was not right wing until he realized how easy it was to polarize people, but he did it to get elected. 

    Centrism has an important role, but in the United States it cannot be the only driving force in governing.  Since the founding, the US has been a pluralist union, and we share this land with all sorts of people, on opposite "poles" of many kinds.  We would give any president too much credit if we claim that they created the polarization.  People have been polarized, right or wrong, for generations.  For some things, where there is widespread consensus and overarching impact on everyone, it makes sense for everyone to compromise and be governed by the majority.  But in other things, the minority should not be marginalized, and we have to learn how to coexist.  Historically, it seems neither political party has been particularly good about protecting minorities, and that is because of centrism.  They finally jump in when the conscience of the majority finally makes it an issue for everyone, and then it finally becomes politically advantageous.  Centrism is also a key CAUSE of the political apathy we are mentioning here.  When both parties sound, look, and stand for the same thing, having both moved to the center, people quit engaging in politics because a vote for either side is meaningless.  

    Take high heels, for example.  The centrist majority says women wear high heels, men wear flats.  I would not hold my breath for this to be overturned any time soon, nor should I embark on a crusade to change this.  But I am free to hold the minority practice of a man wearing heels, and I reject any centrist majority's attempts to change my practice.  

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  6. That’s an interesting spin.  I’ll be sure to keep wearing heels when I go volunteer at the homeless shelters and see if I get turned away.  If so I guess we‘ll know where their hearts truly lie.  


    11 hours ago, Jkrenzer said:

    I ramble, but we need a fresh start, a young, intelligent non partisan who can lead from the center, either party.

    It’s good to keep revolution at least in the back of our minds.  But party tension plays a role in protecting us from authoritarianism and fascism.  All leaders, young, old, smart, and stupid, need to be checked.  Countries in the world right now ruled by a single “centrist” party are not countries of prosperity.  

  7. 17 hours ago, Puffer said:

    The Syro boots are just ugly!   The ASOS variant are not much better, although heeled boots in large sizes are always welcome.   I see that these ASOS boots are shown as not  currently available in sizes 46 and 47.   Does that mean that they have been very popular, or simply that supply was limited?   However, the UK website still has the full range to size UK12.   (I am doubtful, however, that the heel is the 5" claimed.)

    There seems to be a bit of enthusiasm over this style in malefashion so I bet they sold out.  They have a 1.5” platform so the rise is only 3.5” in a large size - 5” sounds about right.  

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