A Luminous Halo

"Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end." --Virginia Woolf

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Smith ’69, Purdue ’75. Anarchist; agnostic. Writer. Steward of the Pascal Emory house, an 1871 Second-Empire Victorian; of Sylvie, a 1974 Mercedes-Benz 450SL; and of Taz, a purebred Cockador who sets the standard for her breed. Happy enough for the present in Massachusetts, but always looking East.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Cowboy Boots

I liked the music at last night's concert. I love the atmosphere down in the Square on Thursday nights. And it was fun watching Chloe Lowery jumping all over the stage, doing her impression of Janis Joplin. But the best part of the evening, for me, was definitely the boots.

I'd bet anything that Chloe's Janis-style boots were Lucchese, which I personally covet. Lucchese is the premier Western bootmaker, around since the early 1880s. First made for cowboys and cavalrymen, they were eventually the choice of movie stars and moguls. John Wayne wore them. Gregory Peck wore them. They now come in every kind of leather you can think of, and some you'd never think of--buffalo, ostrich, elephant, kangaroo, alligator, crocodile, sting ray, horn back caiman, goat, and, of course, calf.

Or maybe they're Justin boots. Bootmaker H. R. "Daddy Joe" Justin invented the cowboy boot in Spanish Fort, Texas, in 1878, putting his head together with a cowboy customer whose name is lost to history. When he died in Nocona, Texas, in 1918, his daughter Enid, who had been helping him stitch boots since her childhood, continued the family business as Nocona Boot Company. Her brothers split with her in 1925, moving all the equipment to Fort Worth and founding the Justin Boot Company. In 1981, the two companies merged again. Nocona made boots for the likes of Gene Autry and the Lone Ranger--and of course all those cowboys.

One conflict I have with cowboy boots is that I don't like to buy leather. I try not to support any industry that relies on killing animals. I get around that by buying things used, out of the economic cycle. Waste not, want not.

So maybe the Lucchese boots I want are out there on ebay, or sitting in the Salvation Army or on a table at the Brimfield market. I can wait.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

If only thing that impressed you was the cowboy boots then you're stupid. Chloe would be very saddened and dissapointed if she learn that you were don't care about music. You didn't even posted her full photo, only her boots! Stupid and idiotic.

10:43 AM  
Blogger Cicily Corbett said...

Yo, anonymous! Before you call me stupid and idiotic...can you read?? My previous post was all about Chloe and her music. I did, in fact, like her a lot. So much so that I wrote about her for two entries. I started with her music and ended with her boots. As a matter of fact, I think my review of her concert was the most flattering one she's ever gotten. If you want to see her "full photo," just go back a day. And chill out. p.s. If you want respect on the 'net, use your own name.

5:31 PM  

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