Beans and buildings

How it looked just yesterday.

The fellow who’s building his home across the street almost single-handedly is making great progress. As mentioned in previous posts, aside from his wife who comes now and then to help him haul material and a younger fellow who appears about twice a month — probably a son — the one guy is doing this completely solo.

Very impressive. I’ll keep you posted.


I made a great discovery yesterday. L.L. Bean has an international website. They didn’t the last time I checked, which was years ago. Before I packed my two bags and flew over the Rio Bravo two decades ago, I was a L.L. Bean man. I was especially fond of those gumshoes.

The website even gives me prices in real money, i.e. Mexican pesos. They’re not cheap, but they’re not cheap in the United States either, though American buyers don’t have to pony up an import tax.

I suspect there are flannel-lined, rubber-soled boots in my future, and probably some of those shirts that make me look like a lumberjack. And can fleece pullovers be far behind?

14 thoughts on “Beans and buildings

  1. L. L. Bean is outstanding. I have shirts from them that are decades old and have been to the laundry so many times they are known there by name. Also, possess a seaman’s wool coat over 35 years old. Just can’t give it up.

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    1. Ricardo: I want another pair of those gumshoes. I’m a little worried about the size thing. Apparently, they come big, and lots of folks order a half size or even a full size down. Wouldn’t be a problem were I in the States, but returning them from here would be more of a hassle and expense. Time will tell. The ones I want are not available half a size down, just a full size down.

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  2. I got a pair of LL Bean storm chaser boots a couple of years ago. I like them a lot, but I wear them mostly when visiting my daughter in Colorado. They are different than the gumshoes, and mine were made in Vietnam. I believe most of the gumshoes are still made in Maine. Also like the LL Beans pajamas.

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    1. Thirsty: I just looked up the storm chaser boots. Nice. I put a pair on my Bean wish list. Thanks. I will overlook their being made by the communist Vietnamese. I have no shame.

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  3. The area where I was in Viet Nam is now into coffee plantations. Don’t drink Vietnamese coffee. The area was drenched with agent orange.

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  4. Gumshoe. Great word. But I knew it only as a nickname for sly detectives looking for straying wives and dead husbands (the two often being connected). But I never knew the term described an actual shoe. I suppose a brief internet search would explain the connection.

    And so it did. Gumshoes were worn to enable a person to sneak around stealthily — like a detective. I will have to be more careful in your proximity in the future. I have too many secrets to be discovered.

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    1. Señor Cotton: We all know you have secrets, which means they are not very good secrets. As for LL Bean’s gumshoes, if you’ve never owned a pair, I highly recommend them. First-rate. Just pay attention to the size recommendations.

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  5. Filipe: For the past 25 or 30 years, I have had a pair of very similar boots made by Sorel, (which I think are made in Canada). And they still have a few more miles to go on them. They are great for taking the dogs out during our desert monsoons or walking on dewy mornings, and on the very occasional snowy morning. I never knew what they were called though. Like Steve Cotton, I too thought the term referred to a sleazy detective! I’m glad to see that you’re another fan of them.

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