Harley-Davidson Labeled Boots: Still Crap

I was sent an email that made my blood boil again. Subject: “Head-to-Toe Harley” in which the Motor Company was promoting a H-D labeled fitted shirt, overpriced black slim jeans, and “men’s Darrol boots.”

I blog (or rant) about this from time to time, but let me warn once more:

Just because a pair of boots carries the label of a famous U.S.-made product (Harley-Davidson motorcycles) does not mean their boots are made in the USA with quality craftsmanship.

I assume the Motor Company has heard this before, and perhaps learned a lesson from the settlement agreement with Justin Brands over Chippewa Boots “made in USA” claim, so now careful shoppers will see…
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Our “When We Met-aversary”

One thing I love about English is that you can make up words and people know what you mean (or can figure it out.)

Twenty-six years ago today was the first time I met the man who would forever change my life for the better. Become my soulmate, partner-in-life, and six years ago, my husband, right here in the county of my birth.

Who woulda thunk? I know that…
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My mind is diverted and has been for a while. Not much heart in blogging about boots and leather when there are more important things going on.

My Spouse is dealing with supporting his Mom as she endures a long, slow, decline. He has…
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Serious and Silly Email

One may think that I receive a large number of messages via this blog and my website, but I really don’t get more than 2 – 3 per week (other than stupid spam, that despite recaptcha, still gets through. I delete all of those.)

Most of the messages I receive are interesting and are serious questions from someone; a few, like one I received this morning, are silly. That one …
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Selfie Cop Boot Pic

While I was hunting for something to write about on this blog, I did a random internet search using keywords such as “cop boots” or “dehner boots” or “dress dehners”… and I was not surprised to discover that the vast majority of images that come up on the internet search “images” tab were those that I have taken and posted on this blog or my cop galleries that (currently) has more than 2,000 photos of U.S. motorcops and their boots.

What amused me was finding this…
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Character Strengths

I recently saw a link to an on-line survey about character strengths. Apparently millions of people around the world have participated in it, and the cumulative results seem to be spot-on for me.

According to the survey website,

This … survey is a simple self-assessment that takes less than 15 minutes and provides a wealth of information to help you understand your core characteristics. Most personality tests focus on negative and neutral traits, but the … survey focuses on your best qualities.

I have long believed, and the author of this survey confirms, that understanding your most positive characteristics helps you become a better person, because you can optimize those characteristics to your favor.

So after taking the survey and answering questions honestly, my results show information that confirms my own self-perceptions. Nothing earth-shattering, but confirmational to my psyche. Here are my top 10 of 25 characteristics rated on this survey:


You are a straightforward person, not only by speaking the truth but by living your life in a genuine and authentic way. You are down to earth and without pretense; you are a “real” person.


Thinking things through and examining them from all sides are important aspects of who you are. You do not jump to conclusions, and you rely only on solid evidence to make your decisions. You are able to change your mind.


You work hard to finish what you start. No matter the project, you “get it out the door” in timely fashion. You do not get distracted when you work, and you take satisfaction in completing tasks.


You are a careful person, and your choices are consistently prudent ones. You do not say or do things that you might later regret.


You value close relations with others, in particular those in which sharing and caring are reciprocated. The people to whom you feel most close are the same people who feel most close to you.


You excel at encouraging a group to get things done and preserving harmony within the group by making everyone feel included. You do a good job organizing activities and seeing that they happen.


You are aware of the good things that happen to you, and you never take them for granted. Your friends and family members know that you are a grateful person because you always take the time to express thanks.


You are kind and generous to others, and you are never too busy to do a favor. You enjoy doing good deeds for others, even if you do not know them well.


You are good at forgiving those who have done you wrong. You always give people a second chance. You believe in mercy, and not revenge.


Treating people fairly is one of your abiding principles. You do not let your personal feelings bias your decisions about other people. You give everyone a chance.


Everyone’s results will be different, and having more (or less) of these results does not mean that if something is rated lower, it doesn’t mean that you cannot have or demonstrate that characteristic. It just means that your “core characteristics” of your top-rated results are demonstrated in how you act and behave on daily basis.

Life is short: to thine own self be true.

Expensive Boots

Being interested in boots (okay, I know that is an understatement), I see a lot of advertising and marketing for boots. So today for National Boots Day (whoda thunk?), I am asking a genuine question for boot enthusiasts: “who in the heck…”
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Not Really Average

I was reading my own blog, including the header photo that I recently updated. It says, “BHD’s Musings: the life and times of Booted Harleydude, your average booted biker in the ‘burbs.”

Well, I asked myself, “how ‘average’ am I?”
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