Thorogood boots

img_9521“There are two standing orders in this platoon, 1. Take care of your feet and 2. Try not to do anything stupid, like get yourself killed” Lieutenant Dan Taylor- Forrest Gump. I suppose that statement didn’t make a whole hell of a lot of sense back in 1994 when I was 8 years old, but it damn sure does now. Working in any industry, and especially the power industry I’ve learned that paying the extra coin for a good quality pair of boots is well worth it. The fact that I’ve found a HIGH QUALITY and AMERICAN UNION MADE boot, well that’s just the icing on the cake. So light up some tobacco and grab your favorite beverage while I give you the rundown on Thorogood boots.

I’ll start out by saying this; I’ve had many pairs of boots in my day. Timberland pro, wolverine, Carolina, Georgia boot, hell I even had what I thought to be the holy grail of steel toes in the Redwing Irish setter (see previous article), they all pale in comparison to my Thorogood 10″ Wellington pull-ons
. Generally, I don’t purchase pull on boots because previous pairs have provided little to no ankle support and have always flopped off my foot when I walked making it miserable. The Thorogoods fit like I had them handmade just for me, just snug enough around the foot so that my foot doesn’t slide around and blister, while giving me support around the ankle to help with when I walk on the ever changing surfaces of a power plant i.e. gravel, grating, diamond plate, concrete, and grass. The inside of the boot, to me, is just the right amount of cushion and breathability, which definitely helps on those long 12 hour shifts when it seems like everything is going wrong and you barely get a chance to sit down.

Another great advantage to these boots is that they are pretty damn waterproof. When I first got them, I put mink oil on them to help the leather break in well and last a good while, and help with keeping my feet dry when it decides to downpour here in the sunshine state. Two nights ago, I put them to the test. It just so happened that a rainwater sump pump quit working and I was tasked with hooking up a portable submersible pump to evacuate the area of standing water ( lucky friggin me, right?! ). Oh did I mention the water was anywhere from 4-8 inches deep in some spots? My boots came through like a champ, my feet would have been completely dry if it weren’t for splashing water actually going down into my boot from the top.

Now for what you all really wanna know, PRICE! In general, Thorogood boots run anywhere from 155-225 dollars, depending on what style you’d like. Mine were 184.95 plus tax and shipping, which for the performance of the boot, is an excellent price to me. There is a large variety of boots to choose from so you can be stylish AND work your ass off. Oh and the cherry on top? They give a discount to members of other unions as well.


Rating: 5 pints

Pricing: Around $155.00 – $225.00


Dealing With Jerks In The Work Place

louisville-class-b-office-space-300x199Greetings fellow ruffians, today I’ve decided to give my two cents on a subject that just about everyone has to deal with at one time or another, jerks at the job. Typically speaking, everyone immediately points the finger at the boss for being the towering turd, but such is not always the case. Below I will explain my take on the different kinds of jerks and how to deal with or at the very least navigate around the aforementioned A-holes.

1. The Tall Tale Teller

This person has seen it all, done it all, and can do it better than anyone in the whole company, but has yet to advance themselves since oh about 1979. This person is probably one of the easiest to deal with, simply listen to the barrage of bullshit they have to tell you and be on your merry way, nothing more, and nothing less. As rapper K Camp says “it ain’t nothin to cut that bitch off.”

2. The Negative Nate/Nancy

This one can really bring you down should you be weak minded enough to let them. They go around doing barely enough to keep their job and complaining about not getting anywhere at the workplace or in life. My suggestion is to kill them with kindness. Give them advice on how to make the daily grind a little better or maybe even challenge them to be the change that they wish to see.

3. The Backstabber

The O’Jays put it best “they smile in your face, all the time they wanna take your place” this can be the one of the most dangerous type to deal with, as they can and will try to do anything to build themselves up while putting you down. The best way I’ve found to get around this individual is to keep them just close enough to know what kind of poppycock they’re up to, while keeping them far enough away to block their bs at every angle they may come from. As the old saying goes “keep your friends close but your enemies closer”.

4. The Bosses Best

This is the person that for lack of a better term is a straight up suck ass. While the boss may entertain their fake ways, he or she will see their fake ness from a mile away, as will their coworkers. With that being said, they will generally lose on both fronts because neither party will truly trust them. As we all know if you have no trust, you have nothing. My advice is sit back and let the universe do the work.

5. The Chatty Cathy

We all have that one person who constantly gossips about who is doing what, and just generally stirring up trouble in the workplace but will never own up to saying any of it. In my experience, the best way to deal with this is to be indifferent when talking to them should you have to. Don’t give an opinion on anything they’re talking about, don’t tell them what you think about another person, and DEFINITELY don’t give your true feelings about your boss. Everything you say will be the topic of discussion to the next guy.

Why would I choose to take the time to write about this subject you ask? The answer is equal parts simple and terrible. I have been a victim of each and every one of these sorts of ass clowns listed above. It’s my hope that this article will help you in spotting and dealing with the jerk in YOUR workplace without you losing your job or your sanity. Be a ruffian, stay distinguished.office_space_gif_by_wheen_store-d4kus1k



“Irish Setter” by Red Wing Shoes

IMG_0257Ask any blue collar person that has to wear standard personal protective equipment ( safety glasses, ear plugs, steel toe boots ) and they will tell you that a good pair of boots is a necessity that is seldom found. Sure you can run to Wal-Mart and scoop yourself up a pair for $49.99 or even get really “fancy” and get yourself the timberland pro series, but let me tell you my friends, you’d be doing yourself a great injustice. Don’t waste your hard earned dollars, or compromise your comfort, on a product that won’t last more than six months (depending on how much abuse your boots).

With that being said, I recently purchased a pair of redwing boots from their “Irish setter” line and let me tell you, it was worth every single penny of the $149.99 plus tax. When you first slip on these boots they are warm, soft, inviting, and makes you say “ooohh!”. But in all seriousness, the folks over at redwing knew what they were doing. The boot offers excellent ankle support coming in both 6″ or 8″ heights and have a very short ( I’d say about two days ) break in period. This to me is extremely important because I believe we can all relate to having the “Frankenstein”walk for weeks in an effort to get accustomed to your new footwear.

Now let’s talk about my in store buying experience. Typically when you go to a shoe store, you’re faced with one of two annoying situations, 1. You get some lazy ass late teen early twenty-something kid whose attention you can barely wrangle long enough to get your size shoe, or 2. You’re faced with overly attentive, tries to sell you everything in the store person. Thank The Lord that was not the case when I went to the local redwing store. I was greeted, made aware of what deals they had going, and left to my own devices. The salesman asked what industry I was in and suggested a non slip sole being as I work in an oily ass machine shop ( my words not his ). Once I made a decision on what boot I wanted, the salesman asked me to step on to a machine that measures your foot and finds where you put the most pressure when you walk (kind of like those Dr. Scholls machines you see at Walmart but better). The minute I tried on what would soon be my new boot, I fell in love, but that love was soon one upped by the insoles that were suggested by the sales rep. His exact words were “try one boot without it and one boot with it”.  It was a night and day difference on an already ridiculously comfy boot. I had to refrain myself from screaming “SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!”…but in the end the $209.00 and change I spent for the boots and insoles was well worth it, and did I mention you get free laces for the life of the boot in store as well as free mink oiling AND lifetime guarantee on the insole? Trust me ladies and gents, you cannot go wrong with Redwing.

So if you’re in the market for a new boot, head on over to, you can order online or use the site to find a store near you, my local store is located at 2333 South Federal Highway Fort Pierce, Florida 34982, Travis Lampman was my salesman. Cheers!


Boot rating: 4.9 pints

In store experience: 4.9 pints