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4 February 2021

Sweating and Shaking

In the California Corona-world, this essay title risks lockdown for me, but I am forging ahead with it anyway.

My essay Halloween 2015 — Free Market Masquerade needs an update!  The masks have pretty much all been removed since that circus of deception ended in 2016.

I hereby offer this glorious trumpeting of creativity and productivity and free market freedom, along with plenty of classical lines, cotton designs, delicious details, and earthy excellence.

Sweats, real CLASSIC true sweatpants and sweatshirts — are back in the USA! Made in the USA. Stateline USA is returning North Carolina to its venerated roots as the textile manufacturing center of America.

Oh happy day!

These classic sweats are made in North Carolina with cotton grown in North Carolina, then milled in South Carolina, and returned to North Carolina to be cut and sewn into the desirable garments. Even the zippers and drawcords are Made in America.

And the colors!

Khaki, camel, steel, burgundy, dark green, to name just a few of the more nuanced shades. I purchased a college-fit funnel-necked black sweatshirt and a pair of coffee sweatpants (camel was all sold out!) — threads that proudly proclaim 100% American cotton clothing — made just for me!

The shaking part of this retail revival rally involves the creation of a wooden box. This art form dates back more than 200 years to the traditions of the Shaker community in Northeastern USA. The Shakers are a religious sect that originated in England in 1747 as The Shaking Quakers.

Today, in the USA, there are many artisans making these phenomenal boxes. Last night, I located Mr. Robert LeHay online at his website; and I read his “sales pitch” as one of the most ardently sincere statements of a mission that truly is a mission:

“I chose to create boxes in the Shaker style not only because of their desirability as an antique but also because of their durability and usefulness. My goal is to remain true to Shaker traditions. My products are created using the same craftsmanship that the Shaker community used for over 200 years.

I believe the act of creating, and helping others to create, is as important as the finished product itself. That’s why I supply not only the boxes, but materials necessary for others to participate in the craft as well. The Shakers were a society of makers. They built what they needed with their own hands from local resources. LeHay’s continues that tradition, creating a quality product that also benefits the local economy, honors local history and passes along the knowledge to future generations.”

I promptly ordered a #6 Shaker Oval Box in the Sea Green Milk Paint from Mr. LeHay. This morning, I received an email from him, requesting pertinent detailed info. Very pleased was I to provide those details, along with these bits of my personal info:

“I own a Shaker box in the New Lebanon finish that I purchased in the 1990s in an “allwood” furniture store specializing in Amish & Shaker furniture. I even own an Amish dresser that is a work of art! Of course, quality and brick-and-mortar stores are just about no more, so I was thrilled to find your website. I am a seamstress who wants to up the quality of her storage boxes, bit by bit. So I look forward to this beauty arriving in November, and hope to be able to buy a few more.”

The final clarion call of this free-market update involves coffee. I am very much a daily tea-drinker, and an occasional imbiber of coffee. When I do drink coffee, however, (with milk), I prefer an afternoon cup of light roast that does not wire me up past midnight. Black Rifle Coffee sells two varieties that I prefer: Silencer Smooth; and Gunship. Gunship is the smoothest blend of java flavor that I have ever tried, and I have tried enough coffees, good and bad, to faithfully remain a tea-drinker!

This review on the Black Rifle Coffee website was posted on 5 Dec 2020, by a gentleman who deserves so much more than a mere acceptance of his review. He merits a Medal of Freedom from all of the freedom lovers in this nation of citizens, shaking, sweating, quaking — and waiting . . . for that first light experience, which assuredly will come!

First light experience:

Gunship is the first light roast I’ve intentionally experienced. When I received those beautiful black bags in the mail, I eagerly opened one up to take in that amazing aroma that always comes from first olfactory interaction with a new bag. I was shocked when there was nothing! No scent at all. Nota, zilch, zero... That’s when I realized I lost all smell and taste from COVID. I had to stare at these bags for almost 3 weeks before I was able to finally experience that always perfect first smell of a fresh bag of great coffee. My morning routine made this coffee the first thing I was able to smell when my nose holes started to function again. IT WAS GLORIOUS!!!! I’ve finished the first bag and I really enjoy this coffee. It’s not my traditional normal darker roast go-to but it’s full of flavor, easy to drink, smooth as glass, and definitely worth a try. If you normally shy away from light roasts, it’s time to give another one a try and pour a cup of Gunship!