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This challenge comes from “Across the Board” (http://acrossthebored.com/two-cents-tuesday-challenge/)
Here’s the beef:
Your “two cents” is exactly that – your opinion on the topic posted – it may take any form that you find most expresses your point of view: a quote, a motto or saying, an essay or article by you or attributed to someone else, a piece of music, a song, a video, a work of art, photograph, graffiti, drawing or scribble. As with most things, the choice is yours…

Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: T Shirts

“Do you have any favourite t-shirts?”

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The T-shirt has been a general favourite garment of mine since… almost forever.  Big baggy ones for those days when I feel like a lump of lard,  long sleeved under shirts when it’s cold, neat ones for work (bonus – no need to iron), team t-shirts for sport, tie-died, appliqued, neon, ribbed, ripped .. you name it, I’ve worn it.

But the best type of T-shirt of all is the classic, plain, white short-sleeved version as demonstrated here by the wonderful James Dean and Marlon Brando. Especially when demonstrated by these two.

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Pictures from:  An Focal (The Word), Esquire

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Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: Shoes–or, even better, boots…

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The Two Cents Tuesday Challenge has more than a passing interest in what we protect our appendages with. From cavemen to astronauts, we put them on last and (usually) take them off first –  Shoes – love them or leave them, most people (and even some pets) wear them.

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Ever I was old enough to know the word “shoe”, I have been in love with footwear.  It always had to be the right footwear for the occasion, for example, if forced to don the Sunday dress at age two, then nothing would do but to have white socks and black patent strappy shoes, or there would be trouble.

Not long after that I got my very first pair of shiny welly boots and the love affair began in earnest.  I’ve had regular high boots, short boots, ankle boots, thigh high boots, flat, platform, stilletto, wedge. Suede, leather plastic, in any shade you can mention.  Boots for horse-riding (and yard-boots), for motorbikes, (road and off-road), boots for walking, hiking and some that were never made for walking at all (those purple/lilac beauties in the picture, for example).  Doc Martens, combats, baseball, fencing boots have all featured in my collection,

Imagine my delight when beach (Ugg) boots were invented?  Not to say that I neglected the standard shoe either.  If the ratio of  my footwear to my income was measured, Imelda Marcos would rank as an incompetent, hopeless tyro in the annals of shoe ownership.

My bemused dad would feign as much interest as he could in this strange female obsession, often being met with a withering glare when he innocently asked whether the latest acquisitions were comfortable. In my micro-mini and thigh-boots days, he was often heard to ask anxiously “can you run in those?”.  This was not a misplaced question, because, when I worked in the music business, I often stashed the cash takings for shows in my boots rather than carry a briefcase. This led to a rather farcical occasion  while passing through Heathrow when the metal strips from a couple of thousand dollars set off the security scanners.

Over the years I have developed an understanding with the local shoe repair man – he will re-heel, re-sole, dye, stitch and glue the favourites until there is virtually nothing left of the originals, and will commiserate sincerely  when it’s time to send them to the great shoebox in the sky.  I’ve lost others through death by dog –but the perpetrator is so sweet, I’ve forgiven her.

Death of the blue suede shoes

There are some pairs, long gone, but not forgotten, that will always hold a special place in my heart, the red suede high-heeled sneakers, the purple flower converse high tops, the 5” stiletto pirate boots, and most of all, those shiny black patent strappy Sunday shoes that started it all.

And the theme song for today just has to be:

Two Cents Tuesday Challenge – Two Cents Tuesday Roundup

Two Cents Tuesday Roundup

tct-headerThis challenge comes from Across the Bored, and here are the rules from the author:

HOW DOES THIS WORK?

  1. I will post some commentary on a random topic that pops into my head (have a look at some of the older posts) and then ask you to respond on the same.
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Two Cents Tuesday: Loyalty

There's a sale on at Mog's place!
There’s a sale on at Mog’s place!

At the moment the first Neanderthal pulled a boulder across the front of their cave  and laid out whatever goods he or she wanted to exchange for something else, the concept of customer loyalty was born.

If Ugg dropped by everyday with some tasty nuts or nice skins or whatever, Mog would make sure that he kept the nicest flint tools he’d carved aside for Ugg.  If he didn’t, that fella in the cave downhill would surely get the goods instead.

My mum worked in an old-fashioned corner shop for many years, where Gerry the butcher would know that Mrs Murphy’s family got pork chops for dinner on a Wednesday, so he made sure to keep some nice ones aside for her.  This system worked, Mrs Murphy knew that every Wednesday, she would get what she needed.

I’ve got a customer loyalty card for a certain large supermarket chain, and being the geek that I am, I do my big grocery shop online on a Friday night, for delivery on Saturday morning.  The Baskerville Beasties love the regular visitor who arrives with boxes of treasure.  Harking back to Gerry’s encyclopaedic memory of his customer’s habits, the delivery man knows that if he brings the box with the carrots in first, and hands out one to each of the hounds, they’ll get busy chomping and won’t mob him to see what is in every box. They adore him.

When I log in to start my shop, I can go through a list of everything I have ever bought from that store, tick off frequent purchases, add to favourites and find special offers. I also get little vouchers in the post that I can use to either claim extra loyalty points, get a discount on some items or pay for some of my shopping.

On the surface, it seems like the digital culmination of Mog’s first primitive steps into the world of retail, and Gerry’s instinctive understanding of what his customers wanted, but the reality is, no matter how regularly I shop on a Friday, when the driver arrives on Saturday morning, at least 10% of the items I ordered were not available for packing.

When the little vouchers arrive in the post, they invariably apply to items that I don’t buy, e.g. if it’s a less expensive product, a more expensive brand is promoted. It’s the equivalent of Gerry offering Mrs Murphy a whole ham on Wednesdays when she planned to serve pork chops.

Given the opportunity they have to ensure they know what their customer wants, it is really daft to see how ineffective the big stores are when it comes to supplying according to demand – maybe a course in basic economics should be mandatory for their marketing departments and web developers. They could also do with some pointers from the nice delivery man.

Meanwhile, I’m off to fill my my shopping basket with nuts and trundle on over to Mog’s Emporium, I know he’s got some nice items in stock that I actually want.

Two Cents Tuesday:  Loyalty – Picture By Charles R. Knight (http://donglutsdinosaurs.com/knight-neanderthals/)

FYI:  Wikipedia on Mousterian – a look at tools made by Mog and his friends.

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