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Goodbye, Old Paint March 4, 2018

Posted by skinbad in News.

I should have burned it, or shot it, or something dramatic, but it just went in the dumpster. I’ve had it since probably the mid-eighties. It belonged to my younger brother for a few winters and then he didn’t want it anymore and I claimed it. It became my cold weather “dirty jobs” coat. Many oil changes and much chain-sawing have been taken care of in this coat. The zipper gave way a year or so ago (see safety pins in picture).


The brand is “Mother Karen’s.” It was a Salt Lake City company and their ski gear was quite popular in SLC in the 70s and 80s. I read that it started as a second income for the owner and eventually grew to five stores and $6 million in annual sales. You can find a few items on eBay like this sweet ladies ski suit:

ski suit

I have no doubt it would keep you warm and be very durable as well as retro-rific. 30+ years of hard use for that coat earns an IB Endorsement from me.

I found a replacement at Walmart so we’ll see if it measures up. You can get some good cold weather gear when Walmart starts dumping it in the spring. I scored some Walls insulated bibs last year for $20 and found it’s soul-mate yesterday:


After all their markdowns and final half-offs, it came to $13.50. For that price I won’t feel guilty abusing it.


1. daveintexas - March 4, 2018

The second one reminds me of those grown men onesies from the 70s that my dad wore all the time.

2. lauraw - March 4, 2018

Clothes that require you to disrobe from neck to knees in order to take a pee are the funniest clothes of all.

3. daveintexas - March 5, 2018

I have never owned such a thing but were I facing the snowstorm headed to CT day after tomorrow I’d consider it

4. lauraw - March 5, 2018

Meh. Ain’t no thing.

5. daveintexas - March 5, 2018

white. deth. cometh

6. Retired Geezer - March 6, 2018

Beware of enterprises requiring new clothes.

7. Jimbro - March 6, 2018

That’s why they make trapdoor union suits. Can’t imagine unbuttoning buttons behind my back while in a super-urgent-post-Taco Bell-feast-hurry IYKWIM

8. daveintexas - March 6, 2018

I have a funny story about trap door underhandles and my uncle Oscar.

9. skinbad - March 7, 2018

Is Jimbro an alias for Compos Mentis?

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