Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Kim's Hand-Me-Down Levi's

When I was a little girl, I most often got to wear wonderful hand-me-downs from my older brother before passing them on down to my youngest brother. It was quite appropriate for a tom-girl who hated wearing tops of any type anyway.
I wore a lot of wranglers, peanut pants and corduroys.
As I grew taller & older, I came to be of the size that I could acquire the hand-me-downs of my oldest two sisters. My favorite of these hand-me-downs came from Kimbies, who wore them through the mid-seventies...leaving evidence of busted ink pens in the back pockets, before passing them on to Curty boy.
Curty Boy wore them through the early eighties, spilling battery acid along the thighs & crotch, then busting out the knees along the way.
When I acquired them, I transformed them into cut-offs. In the early nineties, I used replacement guitar strapping to save them from completely falling apart. It has now been about ten years since I have had the nerve to throw them in the washing machine. I just don't think they could hold up to one more rinse cycle, one more tumble ... they have done good to hold up for over thirty years of this clan.
Last week a new, old pair of hand-me-down Levis' made the transformation from blue jeans to cut-offs. Today, I'd like to pay tribute to Kim's Hand-Me-Down Levi's...

*Kim's hand-me-down Levi's

Worn by all of us
Handed down three times
white, worn and tattered
three generations old, but thats never mattered

Kim's Hand-me-down Levi's
handed on down in the order we were born
a little bit older and a little more worn
easily found, but not easily torn

Kim's hand-me-down Levis' worn by Kim, Curt & me
And sometimes I can see Kims' hand-me-down Levis
Kind of in me.


*Originally written by me, back in 1993...the year of the guitar strap. This poem has been posted before on another blog, but seems to be calling to me today...peace/love people.

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wreckless said...

I love the sentimentality you find in clothes. My wife and I are the same way. She has a pair of sweat pants that her mom painted all the kid's rooms in. I have gobs of stuff to numerous to mention but I will one-A pair of hiking boots that have seen 2 continents, several mountain tops and innumerable memories now serve as bookends for my Nat. Geo collection.
You go with your Levis!!!!!:)

JustRun said...

Very sweet! :)

I am embrassed, though, that I just had to Google "peanut pants."

Beerspitnight said...

jeans like wrinkles - all telling a story...

and I too am off to google to figure out what the hell peanut pants are...

skinnylittleblonde said...

Wreckless~ Hiking Boots to Book-ends! I love it! These things are keepers!

Justrun~ Lol, Ok, I just googled it myself as I wasn't even sure it was a true term but knew that was what we called the super low-rise back in the 70's. One button & a short, short zipper or more commonly just two buttons. Lol!

vicci said...

Yes indeed Sweetie...those hand-me-down-levis are the very best! and so are you! Hope all is well....and that you are having a "marvelous" Summer...it's finally somewhat cooler here! :-)
I'm engrossed in a book called "Middlesex"...oprah's latest book pick...check it out...I think you would like it!

SpongyBones said...

I swear you and I have to be related somehow! My jeans I never ever throw away ... but I'm selfish too because there is no way I would hand them down! Even if I wasn't the baby in the family. They mine Rick James. ALL MINE!

skinnylittleblonde said...

Vicci~ Will have to check Middlesex out! TY. Levi's are like a fine wine, getting better with time.

Sponge~ We're connected brother-love, no doubts! I, too, am guilty of the keeping. Lol, pair pictured started in the 70's w/ Kimbies, the 80's to Curt & then ushered to me and I still wear 'em (at least to the beach)

Hammer said...

An emotional attachment to an old pair of jeans...I can totally relate to that :)

singleton said...

Silly SLB....LOL! they were called pea-knuckles, got me why, but that's about how big they were....the lowest of the low low risers! Clink! Baby! To levi's and the low spark!

eric313 said...

I'm here! Singleton said party on the porch, so I left the college library and rushed here as fast as I could.

You know I love this poem. Three times the love and memories in those short shorts, worn with wild abandon and stained by life's dirty little handprints. Beautiful.

Peace and bring the clink! tink!

Orhan Kahn said...

.. spilling battery acid along the thighs & crotch..

Wait, what?!

I honestly love being let into yours and your family's past, makes me think there is hope for the family I hope to create someday.

Angela Marie said...

hand-me-downs jeans are the best! I love them!

I had to bust up laughing when I read orhan kahn comment! I was thinking the very same thing! Please explain that!~ ouch! LOL!

I also have to agree with him... I love reading about you and your family! You all are the best!

skinnylittleblonde said...

Hammer~ Lol, so glad I have found someone else who understands these sentimental strings.

Eric~ Lol...TY

Orhan~ There's always hope, even if ill-founded ;). The funny white stains are remnants of scars left by automotive repairs done by my brother...lol.

angela~ Thank you & lol, I explained... the other spill marks apparently were more severe as they literally ate through the jeans.

singleton said...

Guys...come over here!

skinnylittleblonde said...

Lol...You are funny! I'll see what if anything I can do about that size!
Off to delete WV

eric313 said...

I'm here wicha

singleton said...

Oh thank you baby, you supersized it!

eric313 said...

Yeah, I have specs, too. That thing was tiny torture

singleton said...

whew, the bats are here!

singleton said...

ahhhh, the secrets a teeny tiny porch party will tell......

eric313 said...

the flight of the bumble bat

singleton said...

did we lose skinny?

eric313 said...

and all of its serendipitous grace

skinnylittleblonde said...

Lol... live & learn. I think I successfully got the word thingy off too.

eric313 said...

maybe

singleton said...

bumble bat! cracking up!

eric313 said...

You did skinny, good job.

crack open a beer and lets boogie

singleton said...

its off sister child, and thank you, hell , I don't need anymore "squinch" lines in my face!

eric313 said...

sing, I knew you'd like that

skinnylittleblonde said...

bumble bat makes me think of the phrase....that's about as useful as a football bat....

eric313 said...

never heard that

skinnylittleblonde said...

Sleeping ages me anymore...smooshing my face sideways into that pillow

singleton said...

I ran out of beer, drinking BBs red wine, so if I just fall off the chair, forgive me....and oh yeah, skinny, you're the baby, you;ll have to come take care of me if I break a hip!

skinnylittleblonde said...

It's a very sacarstic expression, but always makes me laugh... football bat!

skinnylittleblonde said...

Sip sister...the spirits are strong!

eric313 said...

That's is funny, skinny

sing, no breaking anything on my watch

singleton said...

what the hell is a football bat? God, I'm gettin' old!

singleton said...

oh, don't tell me.......
Not tonight....
on wine.....

eric313 said...

a football bat
picks on the blind bats

skinnylittleblonde said...

Orhan tried to get me to get messenger, but I could never get it to download.

The person who first introduced me to a football bat also had some sage words of wisdom...

'don't fry bacon in the buff.' Hahahha

skinnylittleblonde said...

A football bat is um, fucked up.
Lol.

eric313 said...

I'm fucked up, but not a football bat

skinnylittleblonde said...

If you call something a football bat, you are calling it effed up.

eric313 said...

I know, like "that makes as much sense as a screen door on a submarine"

eric313 said...

useless as a football bat

singleton said...

hey guys, WTF

skinnylittleblonde said...

Lol...yes, exactly!

singleton said...

did orhan start this?

eric313 said...

No way, it was Skinny

singleton said...

well I thought it started with this instant messanger biz, like fed-ex or western union, and ended up with football bats!

skinnylittleblonde said...

No, it was the bumble bat that started it! Lol...Orhan is innocent!

skinnylittleblonde said...

The little chat box was about as useful as a football bat.

singleton said...

you better tell orhan to get out of the shower and defend himself, because things are getting out of control. That damn bumble bat started it!

eric313 said...

I am at fault

the bumble bat rides the night

singleton said...

slb...i totally agree with you, even though I still dont know what a football bat is....bumble batatchya!

skinnylittleblonde said...

Lol...is Orhan the bumble bat and hey, what is a bumble bat?
I told you what a football bat was.
Lol

singleton said...

hey! Bat that!

eric313 said...

I made it up and breathed life into it

One day, I'll do a poem called flight of the bumble bat

skinnylittleblonde said...

Eric~ You are not at fault for the ground has not been split :)

eric313 said...

LOL--the earth rumbles with laughter

singleton said...

Could somebody please go get Orhan...This is America!

skinnylittleblonde said...

Oh great you breathed life into something wonderful like a flying bumble bat and then I go and get my football bat and start swinging

eric313 said...

It was art, skinny. I took two or three

I'll send my man servat to get Orhan

eric313 said...

geeves, go to austrailia and find Orhan Khan

singleton said...

i did! He'll be here in a minute!

skinnylittleblonde said...

Ya' know Sing, most men I know take longer to shower & fix the hair than I do! Ditto there, eh?

eric313 said...

cool. I'll let my imaginary buttler keep going, though

singleton said...

yeah, baby!

skinnylittleblonde said...

TINK!

eric313 said...

I love to take all the hot water in a shower

eric313 said...

clink! tink!

skinnylittleblonde said...

Tim just Henna'd Shinerbach on his arm, then forgot about it...Oops! Smeared henna!

singleton said...

SLB....Tink ya back baby! Orhan, for crying out loud.....get your buns over here!

skinnylittleblonde said...

I think it's like when all the hot water is gone is how you know you have showered long enough? lol, and rarely a moment sooner.

eric313 said...

I used to be, anyway. Sometimes in the winter when its cold, i'll still take all the hot water, if no one else is showering

Orhan Kahn said...

Well, f*ck me. You were here the whole time. I keep yo-yoing from Singleton's to Kimmies blog looking for ya'll.. let me just change my moving head.

eric313 said...

Sing, you sound impatient

singleton said...

Nah, not at all, red wine......

singleton said...

Orhan....man, you gotta defend yourself.....

eric313 said...

red wine!7&7
clink

Orhan Kahn said...

Done.

You guys really should install MSN chat so that you can live conference chats, like this. I'll get around to writing a up a simply install & use guide on DoRP so that we can have these niice chats.

So.. how is the lovely night in Florida?

Overcast day here in Syn.

singleton said...

they've got all these bats going on!

skinnylittleblonde said...

Sorry about the windy road Orhan!

skinnylittleblonde said...

I tried several times to load the MSN messenger, but it repeatedly stopped.

Orhan Kahn said...

Orhan tried to get me to get messenger, but I could never get it to download.

I will dedicate a post to help you along :)

eric313 said...

Its raining in detroit, the giant rats are using the busses as life boats

singleton said...

it's a piece of cake in Florida....

eric313 said...

nice. I miss the ocean.

clink

Orhan Kahn said...

No, it was the bumble bat that started it! Lol...Orhan is innocent!

OMG! Instant classic.

<3 you guys.

skinnylittleblonde said...

Thanks...hopefully my computer isn't too messed up. I keep getting error messages from blogger with some code to email them. LOL.

It's hot & humid here. Crickets are loud, so is the toad.

eric313 said...

It's them who inspire it

you know how it is around here.

singleton said...

i told them you weren't too blame and they just started talking football.....

Orhan Kahn said...

We've been having the strangest weather here lately. (It may seem like I've chosen the cliche topic of conversation but you will soon learn that Australians and British people are actually fasinated by the arms and legs of mother nature).

I do hope to make it over to Florida next year. I've cleared it with the missus (you're going to America to visit two women?).. but I do hope you guys return the favour someday and come to Oz.

eric313 said...

sing, you were instigating us!

singleton said...

oh you've gotta come, and bring her too! Clear it good!

Orhan Kahn said...

You Americans love your trouble ;)

singleton said...

Nah...
yeah.....

Orhan Kahn said...

oh you've gotta come, and bring her too! Clear it good!

She travels regularly, but I told her I want to do this alone. This is about us, as cold as that may seem she understood.

I'll hopefully cross your great nation and if I spare the time pass through Canada. You guys ever been to the Red North of Aye?

Orhan Kahn said...

Sorry if I seem so formal, I am a little shy and nervous.

Peace & Love, even with a suit on ;)

skinnylittleblonde said...

Yes, bring the missus! She may never wanna go back home though! ;)

singleton said...

orhan,
i've never been anywhere
less the beach
and that
is everywhere

singleton said...

and eric,
you miss the ocean.....

skinnylittleblonde said...

Ok, well then leave her back there and stumble through Canada on your way to the Sunshine state and in your stiumblings ... lose the suit & sit for a spell. ;)

skinnylittleblonde said...

A Party By The Sea!

eric313 said...

The ocean calls to me

daytona

sanibel island's white sands

love in the slaty seas

singleton said...

gain the blues...

eric313 said...

salty, not slaty

I could use a road trip

eric313 said...

blues and the pinks and the blacks

it's a circle od sorts

skinnylittleblonde said...

butterflies are free

Orhan Kahn said...

This trailer park boy will certainly lose the suit.

You guys would absolute love Sydney during the summer months. When I move into a house I will invite you all to stay for a week or so during the peak of the sunshine-months.

Speaking of the ocean; reaquainting myself with her beauty just recently during the dead of night. I looked into the horizon, which sat under the bright white moon.

This the day I left my job.

She told me it would all be okay, that life is the wave that draws from the shore and breaks back on return.

Simply beautiful.

eric313 said...

free as love was in '67

reverse those years and I am finally alive

skinnylittleblonde said...

Oh, I believe it. There's something about sitting under a vast sky taht is very grounding, defining.

Orhan Kahn said...

Indeed.

singleton said...

playing by the numbers....

singleton said...

so we should have a florida party....

skinnylittleblonde said...

I live in the ghetto, but its an old ghetto so the trees are massive. Late at night when the wind is blowing through their leaves it sounds like the ocean...

eric313 said...

that's beautiful, slb

skinnylittleblonde said...

OK, a Florida party ...next June?

Orhan Kahn said...

In the ghetto..

We share a lot more that a love of one another :)

skinnylittleblonde said...

It's true Eric & I am so pleased.

eric313 said...

sounds like detroit
trees ahundred feet tall
and twenty houses in a row, noarded up or burning

the trees saw everything crumble

skinnylittleblonde said...

Reverse the years again and you are like me

Orhan Kahn said...

I just need to get my hands on a passport and I'm over there. I will begin studying early next year, so forgive me if you may have to move the schedule around for me so that I can travel during the holidays. You will know ASAP, of course.

eric313 said...

76, 67
the spirit is the same, but only a different name

skinnylittleblonde said...

Orhan, you live in the ghetto too?

singleton said...

yup, and we'll bring the ghetto to the ocean...and the tides to the times....and we'll wade in the water...and the circle will be unbroken....
IMYSVVFM

eric313 said...

Austrailia would be really cool

I have a giant suitcase, maybe Sing or skinny would carry me on.

I'm skinny too!

skinnylittleblonde said...

Summer lasts about 9 months in Florida and their winter isn't a winter at all.

skinnylittleblonde said...

Aw, Sister! Clink to that!

eric313 said...

Detroit winter stays around so long we all grow beards

Orhan Kahn said...

SL1: I grew up in the ghettos of Syn, from the dark western suburbs to the glitzier ones to the east. I know live in the upper-class nothern-area, very white. I don't mind but I hope to move into a big house out in west-Syn. I can be a CEO of a company in a second, but the same can be said about trailer park life (nothing beats it) :)

Sing: IMYSWFM?

Orhan Kahn said...

Eric: you are more than welcome :)

skinnylittleblonde said...

I have a friend who went to Australia for 3 weeks. His photos were varied and phenomenal. The cultural differences he saw in the different areas was amazing, from what I could tell.
It was all beautiful!

singleton said...

because its paradise, on a good day...

eric313 said...

Cool, I'll curl up into the suitcase and Sing can tell the bag man to carry me! I's be po as heck up here in the ghetto of detroit's white northern slums

skinnylittleblonde said...

Lol...from the ghettos to paradise!
Clink!

skinnylittleblonde said...

It'll be a good day, day after day...

eric313 said...

Leaving hell's best days behind

the worst days of paradise...
that would be something to remember

Orhan Kahn said...

You guys have the benefit of me; I know the tourist trails that you wont find on any map. I know I could take you to the BlueGumForest and find your own piece of paradise. Paradise on a good day? For sure.

Wow, am I ever so glad *** brought us together.

Orhan Kahn said...

You guys don't know about my photo-blog, do you?

Oh, my.

Left me give you a taste of what you will come to see and breath:

http://through-one-eye.blogspot.com/2007/06/three-sisters.html

skinnylittleblonde said...

Tell us about BlueGumForest...it sounds delicious, in a oompa-loompa way ;)

eric313 said...

LOL
--
Sing, you still flowing in the river of red wine?

skinnylittleblonde said...

Hmmm...link didn't work.

skinnylittleblonde said...

Eric don't let that redwine river sweep her away!

eric313 said...

I'll dive in and save her!

eric313 said...

She's probably at your blog, Orhan

skinnylittleblonde said...

Please!

eric313 said...

She's gone, and lost to me forever

Orhan Kahn said...

Link didn't work, aw :(

Try clicking on this.

The Blue Gum Forest is not easy to get to, in fact I almost died a few times climbing through the Great Dividing to get to it but it was well worth it in the end.

As your love for American Oak trees run thick through your history we have a great love of gum trees; our koloas get drunk off it, and they actually explode during bush fires spreadin flammable oil over nearby fauna. This is why we have the greatest bushfires in the world.

You know that smoky mist that hovers on early mornings when you're camping? Well, the Blue Gum Forest has this feeling all the time. Nestled in the fear that a snake, spider or any other various creature could pop out and cosume you find a piece of heaven next to the river with the backdrop of the most beautiful, skinny, light greyish-blue trees.

Orhan Kahn said...

I go for 'walk-abouts' from time to time. It maybe a kilometre/mile down the road or it might be the most dangerous and foolish venture possible, but the beauty of this island-home is that you know your place. Though plenty of blood has been spilt on her parch skin she is fair and welcoming, giving and always wonderous.

skinnylittleblonde said...

I found her, she's floating.

eric313 said...

That sounds so like a true earth bound paradise: Beauty and danger, ready to explode.

This has been quite a learning experience.

eric313 said...

floating in...

singleton said...

I'm drinking wine, I'm fine, I can't type....
peace

eric313 said...

Then read our words, Sing.

I'll type you up my favorite Bukowski poem

skinnylittleblonde said...

Lol, floating in red wine.

Orhan that link works! I had no idea you also had a photo blog!
I've sneaked a peak & will look more in a bit...looks awesome!

Orhan Kahn said...

Take your time :)

skinnylittleblonde said...

Yes, my sister never drinks anything but beer....but tonight she has been drinking red wine & she's not used to it.

eric313 said...

Hope this isn't too obnoxious; it's my fav of all time, and my guiding force to write poems by:

Don't undress my love
you might find a mannequin;
don't undress the mannequin
you might find
my love.

She's long ago
forgotten me

She'e tring on a new
hat
anf looks more the
coquette
than ever

She is a
child
and a mannequin
and
death

I can't hate
that

she didn't dp
anything
unusual

I only wanted her
to.

skinnylittleblonde said...

Lol, the spirits were strong on this party on the patio...

eric313 said...

Wish I wasn't drunk, I'd of typed better!

eric313 said...

I wish I wrote that

skinnylittleblonde said...

Orhan~ I'd love to go hiking out there! I have heard that you can see some pretty crazy things, as far as wildlife, bugs & stuff.

did you write that poem Eric?

Orhan Kahn said...

Here I am a week into sobriety and I have to deal with you drunken fools :p

I love it.

(After smoking weed regularly for the past eight years I've grown bored of the level it has left me at.. so much more to see and achieve)

I demand more poetry!

(Btw, I hope you guys know I want you contributing an episode to A Matter of Opinion next season; season 2 will be written by the lovers and edited by the Orhan)

eric313 said...

It's called "Trapped", from Love Is A Dog From Hell, by Charles Bukowski.

Orhan Kahn said...

I could take you 10m from my building and amaze you with all that is unique to this island home.

Orhan Kahn said...

I don't normally read/enjoy poetry but Singy wet my interest in it when I found her link through our darling SL1's blog.

Still not a huge fan, but certainly not going to say no.

eric313 said...

The blog looks good, Orhan. I was there for a minute a little bit ago. The photos are fantastic. Your island Nation is well represented by you and your lense.

skinnylittleblonde said...

eric...funny, sister just got a book called 'love is a drug'...good poem.

Orhan~I hope you take the time to take advantage of your proximity every day. i love to walk around my area , but it is not exotic at all.

eric313 said...

Skinny is how I met everyone here. She is the bomb. I was looking for poets when I stumbled in and complimented her on her writing and picture.

Then Gimmiepeace dropped by my blog, then I went to their blog, Singleton caught up to me, and boom. I'm a friend of the coolest hippies I've ever met.

eric313 said...

and all hippies are cool, so they are trully something special, as well you know by now.

eric313 said...

:)
everyone
clink!

Orhan Kahn said...

The only purpose of that blog is to share the city of Syn with the damaged world around me. I'm no great photographer, I just feel the thousand words my pictures have may distract someone long enough to put the gun down and smile. There is beauty worth fighting for, sure. But there is certainly beauty worth living for.

Where did Singy go?

Orhan Kahn said...

Hippies, ftw :)

skinnylittleblonde said...

Clink Eric!
Lol, I was sitting here trying to recall how I ended up where & I figure that I don't rightly know...

eric313 said...

She's reading us. She's floating in redwine river and can't type, but her spirit watches us over her shoulder. I bet she liked the poem. I'll send her a copy of the book. I'll trade it for a smile and a beercap

eric313 said...

clink, skinny
clink, orhan

clink, Singleton

skinnylittleblonde said...

Singy went to bed or perhaps she's still watching, but I think she's asleep....wine! red wine!

That's a really good idea Orhan.

Throw the good, beautiful & powerful stuff out there and see what boomerangs back.

Orhan Kahn said...

Aw :(

Orhan Kahn said...

Clink, ha. Love it.

Next time we all get together we're giving Singy a bottle of beer and leaving the wine for me ;)

eric313 said...

I had know idea singleton slept before midnight.

skinnylittleblonde said...

Hmmm...Orhan has all these reasons or purposes behind his blog, as does Eric & really, so does Singy... lol, mine's really just for fun.

eric313 said...

Right. Sing needs to be here!

skinnylittleblonde said...

Yea Orhan ... you can have the red wine... and the tequilla!

eric313 said...

your's is a creative outlet, never forget that.

skinnylittleblonde said...

;) ramblings...

Orhan Kahn said...

Win, win.

SL1: Your blog brought us all together. I found you via the random-next-blog button and haven't looked back since. You keep us together; you could say you fuel our purpose :)

eric313 said...

I was readin death of retail price while me and sing were chatting at the back porch.

skinnylittleblonde said...

sometimes a sounding board, a vent

eric313 said...

they've all led me to some great people all over. I couldn't begin to name them.

eric313 said...

I'll put you on the links. I liked the eastern based news aspect of it.

Orhan Kahn said...

We are the champions, my familia.

eric313 said...

SLB and Singleton are already there!

Orhan Kahn said...

Thank you muchly, Eric.

I'll dip into your blog a little later, just multi-tasking a few too many things right now :|

skinnylittleblonde said...

Lol, Both of you have some kick ass blogs.

eric313 said...

Orhan

I'm the same way. A lot on the plate makes a full life.

eric313 said...

Skinny

So do you and your familly. You are creative dynamos.

eric313 said...

A lot on my plate and still I stack it higher...

skinnylittleblonde said...

Eric, some of your poetry is the most beautiful stuff we (speaking for Sing & myself, as I feel I can because we discussed this)have ever heard.

Orhan, I can remember finding you way back when and getting lost i your blog. hahhahaa. Surely you thought me crazy! I get my current events and cultural points to ponder via your blog. Now I have also seen the power of your creative writing. Amazing.

skinnylittleblonde said...

Oh...and then you throw out a photo blog tonight! Lol, how many blogs do you have?!

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