So I've been quietly pestering the Mrs. to buy me a real pair for m birthday, which is soon. Then today, just in time for the impending nasty weather season, these come my way at the good old thrift, in my size for $12.99:
The funny thing is that only this morning I was browsing the L.L. Bean website trying to talk myself into buying a new pair. I must have been riding high off my recent brand new purchase of the Cranberry red cords. I'm glad I didn't. Thrifting can make a man do some pretty crummy things, though. I actually called my wife from the store to ask whether she had ordered them for me for my birthday, which she hadn't.
And speaking of the red cords, today another package arrived from Lands End containing the very same pants. Seems this second pair were the replacements, and the first pair, which I was wearing when I opened the second pair, were the missing original order. Of all the things to have two of, I wind up with these. Sheesh!
As for my birthday present, seems I'll be making the choice this year, which means that really the present is the fact that I can have something 'new'. A daunting decision, indeed. Current options include Blucher mocs, a shawl collared cardigan, or some new shirts. But these are the choices of a fuddy-duddy, so maybe I should wait until I think of something outrageous.