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  1. Seeing both these guys doing their thing certainly makes me think this is precisely what most of the members here would like to see. Men expressing themselves with fashion in ways that are neither underwriting any gay status nor trying to "pass" as female. Sort of like how females have been wearing things obviously intended for men and just go about their business without worry of some hierarchy placing some of label on them. But really the only way to find and enjoy yourself and that new sense of fashion freedom is to get out there and do it like these two are and the way many of our members do. As for you mlroseplant, my Iowa neighbour, I know how you look since I've seen you in-person a number of times now. You are unafraid and unapologetic but at the same time don't appear "threatening" to anyone. Your best trait I suspect is the good heart you carry. Not untypical of many Iowans really. That is what truly matters once we are gone and the only fabric left of our existence is the knowledge (and perhaps the wisdom) we shared with those around us. The undeniable need to interact with others, to listen and be listened to, to watch and be watched, and to use the five senses to the best of our collective ability seems to be the foundation of the human experience. It is the unspoken reason why forums like this one exist. It may not help all who view it or post on it but the fact it has helped many many people understand themselves better than before and given rise to something else needed to properly enjoy the human journey: CONFIDENCE. It only come from experience and knowledge. Confidence inspires people all over the world and this forum does a pretty good job as a conduit of human kindness and understanding. And that's what I have to say about that. HinH
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    Cali World

    That's right. A tornado comes along and those homes get mobile really fast! HinH
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    Cali World

    Classic Iowa comeback! I like that. There actually are at least two areas I know of in the MIdwest where the majority of fields are irrigated. A small area is in Northern Indiana. Another larger area is the Central Sands Area of central Wisconsin. It stretches from Wautoma to Stevens Point and Weyauwega to nearly Marshfield. The soil is such that it doesn't hold water well at all so there are irrigation ditches and canals and all sorts of irrigation equipment as if one were in an arid or semiarid area. Not a desert but the soil mimics what happens in the desert. HinH
  4. mlroseplant, I'm not sure if you're a painter or not but I have to say you are mastering this particular canvas my friend. Very well depicted indeed. I can almost see the proverbial fireworks from where I sit now. HinH
  5. CHrisPap, One would think with my classic French surname that I would have made it to France a long time ago but it didn't happen until December of 2012. Had some business in London and took the train over and spent the entire day in Paris. From my Algerian taxi driver to various folks in restaurants and two fellows in a pricey shop where I tried on some heels just before closing I encountered nothing but friendly and engaging people. Don't know if it was a rare day or they just reacted well to French with a Quebecois accent to it. I have heard over the years of Parisians being arrogant or snooty because your French isn't like theirs or some such nonsense. I encountered none of that. As my taxi driver put it something like "The long-lost cousin finally makes it to the dinner invitation. What the hell took so long?" I do think a common ancestry and being conversant in the language made an enormous difference but so does a positive attitude. I think also a certain event not long ago where three average Americans from Sacramento, CA made a very positive impression in France. People remember these things. I will definitely return to France with my wife and spend much longer there. HinH
  6. These are a 2020 version of the "Dany" line which Jessica Simpson launched around 2010. I ordered the Dijon pair which are the colour of the famous mustard. They should arrive on Thursday the 25th of June. I rarely order via the internet unless it is something I am already familiar with and I have a pair of Dany sandals from back in 2010. A chunky 6"/15 cm heel which is deceptively cumfy with whatever you are wearing it. I know our friend in the Toronto area, w6ish, has talked about these very fondly over the years. I apparently bought the last size 11 pair they had in this colour on the Zappos website. Didn't care for their activist banner but they are known to be speedy and reliable. My first purchase with them and my first internet shoe purchase in quite some time. Look forward to wearing these with different jeans this summer. HinH
  7. Whenever I stay at my sister's home in south central PA I take care of their problem with poison oak, ivy, and sumac. That part of the state is the mildest area and they have all three growing there. Apparently I have an immunity to it but I still wear long sleeves and gloves as to not take it into the house after finishing. HinH
  8. Seven decimal places is the practical working limit for most commercial surveying and the seventh decimal place of longitude at the equator is around 11.1 mm but at 45 degrees north latitude this becomes 7.87 mm or 0.3". That is about three credit cards thick. So the 1/8" accuracy they're telling you appears to be check out. They're doing some berm work across the road from our house and the fellow running the bulldozer said his machine had GPS equipment on it so that they don't need to stake out construction sites the way they used to. He said theirs is accurate to within an inch or 25 mm. How things have advanced! HinH
  9. There is something about certain heels which work well for running errands and doing everyday things and the importance of holding onto them as long as possible. Cali understands this as he adores wedges and I do too which is why I have tried to post more photos of me wearing them as I thought they were underrepresented. A pair of heels which works for anyone of us doesn't always to have look gorgeous or sexy or anything since none of us live in Hollywood or Cannes or in a four-star hotel HinH
  10. I know the number of steps measured can vary but this is a function of the error range of consumer-grade electronics. I live about 3 miles/5 km west of the 88th meridian which crosses our road. I sometimes slow down and look at the GPS coordinate data on my car's display screen and can see a variance of up to 100 feet from other readings. Although the satellites themselves are accurate our consumer-grade devices have a built-in error rate. It is only when one gets to military-grade, and scientific-grade devices where absolute accuracy is required. I'm talking about going to six or seven decimal places in locator data instead of three or four. The health data is based upon the satellite function found on our phones. My point was to use something which so many people already have. As to having more than one phone I'd mention a method I use in my weather observations and my work as a COOP observer with the National Weather Service (NWS). I have three thermometres and take observations from all three. I add the results and take the average of all three which is an accepted practice within NWS. I suggest the same for anyone wanting to replicate our esteemed Danish member's experiment to get a more accurate result. HappyinHeels
  11. A "Ring" camera or some other sort of camera device may clarify if a package was truly delivered as claimed or if a "porch pirate" took possession of it. Before we went out to Yuma, AZ the second time there was a delivery at our house and I met the fellow. He was not in a vehicle emblazoned with any sort of logo or company information and was wearing no such uniform or insignia. He was, in fact, driving his own vehicle and delivering Amazon packages. I was told this is a method used in some areas where the deliveries are sporadic. So many of these delivery companies have GPS tracking capabilities so it would be interesting to match geographic coordinates of a delivery vehicle with those of the intended recipient. I'll bet there a lot of anomalies. HinH
  12. I admire the effort but am struggling to understand the data. We all rest after walking no matter what type of shoe we're wearing. I would think the easiest way to measure time and distance spent in heels is to measure it via steps recorded on an iPhone. Mine is my wife's old iPhone5 and I check it everyday. Simply note the number of steps when changing into heels and then check back before changing into non high heels. Or just wear a pair of high heels all day and look at the number of steps taken which is also expressed in miles or kilometres. The only problem with this method is when the iPhone is charging. Either watch tv whilst it is charging or wear a FitBit watch which will capture every step. After a while of doing this one will have a very good idea of just how far one has walked not only in heels but throughout the day generally. HinH
  13. I would have to agree with Cali on that observation. After seeing both the Giant Sequoia and Redwood trees in California an 8-inch diametre tree is very very small indeed. Any tree taken down successfully without injury is a big success. I have taken down a few and seen better results as I refine my techniques. I felled 18 black willow trees at the house and treated each one as if it were a "widowmaker". Luckily nothing bad happened and I have lots of firewood now. I have probably planted ten times the number of trees as felled in my lifetime. Glad to see to see you ame out whole mlroseplant. HinH
  14. Some greeting or background would have been nice. It's also in a section which could easily get overlooked. Introduce yourself to the forum in "For the Guys" or "For Everyone" section and, after a basic number of posts (10 I think) then you can post photos and you and your shoes if that's what you want to do. I'll bet the reaction is different. We all like quotes and we all like heels so I guess this quote will touch a chord with many. Most of us knew we liked heels for a long time but it took even more time to express it. HinH
  15. You're the first one to actually refer to me as that but it is essentially true. We will not see the kind of heat we just saw since we would normally leave sometime in April and late May. Still, it is nice talking to older folks from all over the place. I have always been drawn to their knowledge and views of life. It's nice to have one foot back in Arizona after 28 years. I actually got some colour on my legs now my friend. HinH
  16. We closed on 9 April and signed the title paperwork in our car in the parking lot. Such is/was the real estate trade during the pandemic. We got used to the new place, furnished it, and did some exploring around the Yuma area and left on 23 May to return to Wisconsin. 43 days and all had sunshine. I didn't see any guys in heels yet out there but I can tell you about the actual climate. 28 of the 43 days were completely cloudless. Some solar spotlights I bought designed for up to 8 hours on a full charge would stay on for 9-9.5 hours because it is so sunny there. I recorded 19 days with maxima of 100F/38C or higher, 13 days 90-99F/32-38C, 8 days 80-89F/26-31C and 3 days of 70-79F/21-26C. It rained once on the 12th of April and not a drop after that. I walked around our property nearly everyday in shorts and wedge sandals. A nice place to sit in the morning was the "Arizona" room or a completely screened-in addition. I'd eat my breakfast there while the morning sun illuminated my legs and my toenail polish. It was really nice walking everywhere and the ground was never cold. Of course, one doesn't want to walk across a brick surface when the temperature climbs to 107F/41.6C as it did a few days before we left. Lots of seasonal residents from Washington, Montana, Oregon, Wyoming, Idaho, and Minnesota and a large contingent from Canada particularly the four western provinces. Really nice folks. I am about the youngest one on the block or so I am told. I saw many sandals in the various stores which were open before everything opened up on 15 May. I did miss posting here. It's a little different trying it on a tiny cellphone like mine (Iphone5 or my wife's old one). It didn't cost a dime so I gladly took it and it works fine. I would think we would normally be there from mid-November until mid-April give or take a few days. I was stunned to learn that, at least according to the Guiness Book of World Records Yuma, Arizona is the sunniest spot not in the United States but on the Earth. It averages 11 hours per day or an amazing 4,015 hours per year. 3,000 hours is considered a sunny climate. One doesn't seem to run into grouchy people in Yuma at all. Has to be all that vitamin D. HappyinHeels
  17. Have only used eBay sparingly and not the other two. The eBay reputation score is a rather big deal. A legitimate seller will garner many positive points whilst those that are "not exactly" legitimate will have dings on their reputation score. Whenever you buy there ALWAYS give feedback positive or negative. I know people have been drawn to online sales as malls and individual stores have been closed but that has been changing. I was in Arizona from 9 April to 23 May and saw the state open nearly all sectors on 15th of May. There still were many restaurants doing takeout only but others with larger capacity were open for inside dining. My wife and I went to the Kohls store in Yuma on the 18th of May one day after it opened for the first time since 25th of March. Strange times we're in for sure. HinH
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