Is it jeans or is it genes?

They just don’t make them like they used to. How many times have you heard that, or said it yourself? Well, I am saying it now about the Levi Jeans I bought recently.

My jeans just don’t fit like they used to either. Can’t seem to keep them up even with a belt.

So I was kneeling on the floor to pick up something and all of a sudden my jeans are air conditioned in the crotch area. I also heard a big ripping sound.

When I took the jeans off to examine the damage, I saw that the tear was outside the seam—so not fixable. The material is much lighter weight than the olden days, and thus much weaker.

I could wear a bigger size but I’m just not going to do that because this is the second time I have said that.

And they only go up by 2 inches around the waist. My legs are not getting any longer but the problem seems to be in the circumference around the waist.

I am sure the manufacturer has gone to the lighter weight material to keep the price down. In my case, I would prefer the price be higher and the material to be heavier.

Speaking of quality and price, so much of what we buy has been scaled back just to keep prices as low as possible. Look at the size of candy bars or other sweet stuff. All smaller now.

I wrote about the great hamburger I had recently in another county and was told that I shouldn’t forget the hamburgers sold at the Coneburg Inn in Peabody. I have now put that on my list of places to try.

I have never been prouder of myself than with what I did at our house this past week.

We had a light fixture in our office that didn’t yield enough light to see what we needed to see in there.

When we changed a few lights in another part of the house, I thought I would just repurpose one of them to the office. I thought it would be easy but it wasn’t—just like every other time it try to do something like that.

The electric box was fine, but the fixture I was putting in had a single bolt in the middle instead of two bolts with the two rounded nuts that attached to the previous fixture.

So I had to make do with what I had in my shop for a way to rig it to work. I have a pie tin with various bolts and nuts that have accumulated over the years—but do you think I had anything that would work?

This was Sunday evening so I was out of luck until the stores opened on Monday.

It only took two trips to town to get exactly what I needed to make it work. I needed a 4-inch bolt but could only find a 3-inch bolt.

Therefore, I gleefully found a piece of tubing left over from a previous project that I hacked off to make everything the right length.

It takes patience to make things work at times.

If you wish to share your comments or ideas, my e-mail address is joel@

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