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    Portland Fred banerjek's Avatar
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    Oldest continuously worn clothing

    How many keep and use stuff forever? Among other things:

    • Belt -- 30 years old. Wearing it right now
    • Tae Kwon Do pants -- 25 years old. Worn most nights in warm months
    • Sport coat and tie -- 27 years old. Most recently worn a few weeks ago
    • Wingtip shoes -- 22 years old. Most recently worn a few weeks ago (resoled many times)
    • Cycling shorts -- 8 years old. Most recently worn yesterday. Wife is begging me to throw them out
    • Numerous t-shirts over 20 years old. I love them all despite the fact they're in tatters
    • My "new" suit -- over 20 years old. Still looks sharp
    • I think only 2 of my ties are less than 15 years old, but I still get compliments every time I wear them (and amazingly the people delivering them don't appear to be joking)

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    Portland Fred banerjek's Avatar
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    Mods -- please move to foo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
    Mods -- please move to foo.
    Always good to see the Forum Police are on the job....

    Most of my stuff is about the same age as the OP's, with the exception of a suit, which I no longer own and won't ever buy. I don't think I have a tie newer than 15 or 20 years (can't remember the last time I bought one; could have been in the '70s). Cycling stuff is generally 6-8-10 years old, because I don't buy anything until the old one is no longer serviceable.
    Oldest garment I own is a pair of shorts cut down from the "tiger suit" camos I wore in Vietnam in 1967. I found them in a bag of clothing a few months ago and hung them on my bedroom wall. My goal this summer is to button them.
    Not likely to happen, by the way. I used to be able to slip them up and down my hips without unbuttoning them. Now I can't pull them up past mid-thigh...that cheap Army fabric must have shrunk in storage.

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    I've got a couple pairs of 30 year old tighty-whities (more like tighty-yellows now) with holes in them. They look like cheddar-swiss cheese mongrels.

    I wear them every day for the zex appeal.
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    I've had my same birthday suit for 33 years....still going strong!

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    Mark Twain once said there is nothing more annoying than a person that sets a good example.
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    Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.

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    I have a pair of Sperry Top Siders I bought in 1986. Glad to see they've come back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by caloso View Post
    I have a pair of Sperry Top Siders I bought in 1986. Glad to see they've come back.
    I forget how old mine are, but not nearly that old. I've worn out many pair and I love the ones I have.

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    I do have sailing gloves and hats that date back into the 90's. I know I have hat from a 1994 NOOD regatta for sure. Have some t's from that same time period. Recently gave an old college buddy a t shirt I found from a party that we threw every year. I think the year was 1986.
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    Quote Originally Posted by colorider View Post
    Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.

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    I also have a wool pea jacket that I bought at Lord & Taylor when I graduated high school in 1983 that I still wear to this day. My wife wears it too on occasion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by colorider View Post
    Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.

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    Always good to see the Forum Police are on the job....
    You realize it was his own thread, right?

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    I have a bomber jacket that a friend gave me in 1985... or rather, my son has it now. my friend was from a Jamaican Indian family that was very wealthy, apparently, and sent him tons of clothes. he gave me the jacket and I wore it for years.

    I got stuck up at knifepoint by three dudes in the subway in the early '90s, and they told me to take it off. I very stupidly pretended that I didn't hear them (they were stoned out of their minds, btw...) and kept "looking for my watch" which I was saying was in a pocket somewhere (I didn't really have one). I felt really bad that I did that - having two young kids at home - and next time I'll hand over everything like a good victim. more important to stay alive, but it was a knee-jerk response.

    glad to still have that jacket in the family, though. maybe it will become a family heirloom, like the watch in pulp fiction! it's got a history already!

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    hope you never have to hide that jacket from your captors. just saying.
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    I have a PDM jersey from back when chrome tapes were the big deal in audio recording... so yeah, I've had that one a while.

    Somewhere I've got a pair of Schnaubelt Shorts (how long have they been Aerotek Designs now?)

    I have some jackets I've owned since high school (class of '91) so those are coming up on 20 years old.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boogs View Post
    I have a bomber jacket that a friend gave me in 1985... or rather, my son has it now. my friend was from a Jamaican Indian family that was very wealthy, apparently, and sent him tons of clothes. he gave me the jacket and I wore it for years.

    I got stuck up at knifepoint by three dudes in the subway in the early '90s, and they told me to take it off. I very stupidly pretended that I didn't hear them (they were stoned out of their minds, btw...) and kept "looking for my watch" which I was saying was in a pocket somewhere (I didn't really have one).
    Funny you should mention that. I also had a bomber jacket gifted to me almost the exact same time, got jumped by 4 guys in 1991 who wanted it along with everything else I had. Like you, I was stupid and didn't cooperate -- I tried to smash in the face of the ring leader when he tried to take it by force. They got pretty cranky about that, beat me into dog food, and took the jacket, my watch, wallet, etc.

    For those of you wondering why anyone would fight against overwhelming odds when you could get killed, there is an incredible sense of violation that accompanies being stripped. It was a great jacket, though I should have just handed everything over.

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    Biker Jacket - 26 years. Too many concert tees in the 15-25 range to mention.

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    I have a denim jacket that gets worn a few times a year that belonged to my dad. It's around 40 years old.
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    I have a pair of black Lucchese cowboy boots that are probably ~15 years old. I wear them a few times a year; they're a little scuffed up, but they still look great.

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    I think some of my underwear is from 12yrs ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by caloso View Post
    I have a pair of Sperry Top Siders I bought in 1986. Glad to see they've come back.
    Holy cow! Same here...them suckers are comfy.
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    I never wear the samething twice...

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    Quote Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
    Funny you should mention that. I also had a bomber jacket gifted to me almost the exact same time, got jumped by 4 guys in 1991 who wanted it along with everything else I had. Like you, I was stupid and didn't cooperate -- I tried to smash in the face of the ring leader when he tried to take it by force. They got pretty cranky about that, beat me into dog food, and took the jacket, my watch, wallet, etc.

    For those of you wondering why anyone would fight against overwhelming odds when you could get killed, there is an incredible sense of violation that accompanies being stripped. It was a great jacket, though I should have just handed everything over.
    I've got one of those as well from the mid-to-late 80's. Never got mugged for it though.
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    I have a pair of SpiderMan Underoos and a Tigger costume I got when I was 6, I'm wearing them right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
    Funny you should mention that. I also had a bomber jacket gifted to me almost the exact same time, got jumped by 4 guys in 1991 who wanted it along with everything else I had. Like you, I was stupid and didn't cooperate -- I tried to smash in the face of the ring leader when he tried to take it by force. They got pretty cranky about that, beat me into dog food, and took the jacket, my watch, wallet, etc.

    For those of you wondering why anyone would fight against overwhelming odds when you could get killed, there is an incredible sense of violation that accompanies being stripped. It was a great jacket, though I should have just handed everything over.
    WOW. that's an amazing coincidence! almost freaky.

    I coulda gotten my butt kicked as well. though these guys were so high I could probably have said Hail Marys in between punches.

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