Oh, maaan…

Longtime readers know that Uncle Joel really likes BDU trousers. They are, in my opinion, the most practical pants for desert living. They’re cool, roomy, have lots of pockets, and believe it or not even the blousing ribbons are useful if you’re working around ant nests. (I learned this the proverbial hard way.)

They also used to be really cheap, because surplus. And when I was younger, walking around everywhere in camo was a plus. The older I got the less army cosplay appealed to me, and cheap surplus got harder and harder to find, and so when I found myself actually needing to buy new pants online I could shuck the patterns and just get green like god intended. That was (checks records) about six years ago when I started phasing out the woodland pattern as the pants wore out. I still have some “camo” ACUs I wear in winter because the fabric is heavier – and they were a free reader gift.

Anyway: Last night I happened to be wearing the first summer cargo pants I ever bought new, about six years ago. I hitched at the knee, and…

Aw, crap.

Spent the rest of the evening debating my options. I could toss them – probably not gonna happen. I could patch them, beginning the familiar cycle of laboriously sewing new patches on old fabric. Or, given the time of year, the recent/current heat wave and the fact that I had just been wishing I owned more than one pair of shorts…

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9 Responses to Oh, maaan…

  1. Robert says:

    Aw crap, indeed! It’s a losing battle, I fear.

  2. Ben says:

    So an old pair of pants is transmuted into a new pair of shorts. Pure magic!

  3. Jim Price says:

    What size are those?

  4. Joel says:


  5. Mark Matis says:

    Shipping address still good?

  6. Mark Matis says:

    And do you prefer black, Khaki, coyote, olive drab, or navy?

  7. Joel says:

    I generally get olive drab. I think you have my mailing address.

  8. Mark Matis says:

    Tactical Gear does not ship to P.O. Boxes. Do you have a preferred supplier that does?

  9. Joel says:

    Just Amazon. Email me and I can give you another address.

To the stake with the heretic!