Starting Over!

I grew up in the Midwest on a farm where no other farm house was close enough to be visible. I guess, I grew up feeling alone most of the time. From that loneliness sprang an interest in geography, maps and far away places. I, also, spent many hours listening on the radio late into the night to sports events and all types and styles of music broadcast from faraway cities. After I attained a driver's license, I would travel to the county seat at least once a week to secure mostly books of fiction to read. I enjoyed my school years and took advantage of everything academic and sports opportunity that my small rural high school offered. I just knew I had to find a way to get to college and with parents. who had only eighth grade educations, this was a very alien concept to them. In such a small high school with no guidance counselors available on staff , I had to do it on my own....and I mean on my own. .

I have always been grateful to all of my educators for giving me a window that opened to the world. I have remained curious and open to most all ideas to this day.

Where this blog takes me exactly, I have no idea...but anyone reading this is invited along for the ride. I really appreciate the viewership that I have had for this blog. I would really like it if you guys would to share your thoughts about the posts.

I really appreciated the viewership that I have had for this blog. Please take a look at my other adult I am hoping to turn it into a novel.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Are Jeans (Denim) Going Out Of Style?

Something Strange Is Happening To Teens' Pants
Posted: 04/11/2014

America's teenagers are dropping their jeans and replacing them with elastic-waistband stretch pants, according to a well-regarded report on teenage buying habits.habits.

Leggings (and yoga pants from Lululemon) were ranked the most popular trend among female teens this spring, according to a semi-annual study released this week by financial services firm Piper Jaffray. Nike was the No. 1 brand among teen boys.
Jeans were nowhere to be found on the list, after years of consistently ranking as a top 10 trend.

Teens now prefer "Athleisure" -- the horrendous industry term for workout gear that you can wear outside the gym -- over the skinny, butt-crack exposing, low-rise jeans that dominated the landscape for a seemingly interminable
 amount of years.

Winning the athleisure push, according to Piper Jaffray: Yoga powerhouse Lululemon and longtime player Nike. Losing the jean battle: The big teen retailers like Abercrombie & Fitch and American Eagle, along with the old guard of jean-makers like Levi's and Wrangler.

Lululemon helped pioneer yoga pants as leisure wear and quickly rose to the forefront of the stretchy pants movement, as yoga became more mainstream. Its success attracted the eyes of both mass-market retailers and athletic clothing companies. Chief executive Laurent Potdevin even admitted last week that his chain is "not the only game in town anymore."

Gap entered the fray by acquiring activewear seller Athleta in 2008, and it is now hopscotching around the country, opening stores alongside Lululemon's. Nike, Under Armour and Adidas refused to be left behind, touting their own lines of pliable pants and moisture-wicking tank tops that can be worn throughout the day and at the yoga studio.

Piper Jaffray also found that teens are now spending more money on food than clothes. Perhaps those elastic waistbands are coming in handy?