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mandel9000 last won the day on June 26 2018

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  1. mandel9000

    Happy Jeans - Tcb 20s contest thread

    So I've been working a lot lately, but last week I got to take two days off and go to a friend's cabin a couple of hours south of Oslo, and then to a wedding on the north-west coast of Norway this weekend. Some photos. I jumped from the cliffs back there, just the middle but it was high enough for me. Also take note of the boat, it will reappear. Making spring rolls with my friend's older sister and the kids. I'm in the middle of saying something - - I hope. Late night swimming with the kids. The neighbor took us out in that rib (or whatever it's called). I always get a bit annoyed when they speed past me, making noise and waves and looking douchey, but it sure was fun to ride one. Fast, and it jumped a lot. Okay, so on to the trip to Molde, about 5,5 hours by train followed by two hours on a bus and a ferry away. A few vistas seen from the train. The last one is Trollveggen, "the troll wall" (to the very left), the tallest vertical rock face in Europe, about 1,100 metres (3,600 ft) from its base to the summit of its highest point (copy-pasted from Wikipedia). It was really popular with base jumpers until they banned it after too many accidents. I arrived at the swanky hotel famous for it's view and saw only this for the duration of the stay. Haha. Just before the wedding I had time to hurry up this steep hill behind the city to photograph the view for this update. Cruise ship still in the way there... An extremely Norwegian sight. On the way down I came by this place. I didn't walk the line... But I couldn't resist climbing this thing! The wedding was held at my friend's childhood home. I never realized she was that old money. The place was huge, so nice, with an exciting history. Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, one of Norway's most famous writers and one of three Nobel prize laureates in literature from here, was a friend of the family. As was Henrik Ibsen, the playwright, and Alexander Kielland, another one of the big ones. A scary portrait in the dining room. Probably a relative, they weren't sure who. My friend told me that because of that painting she was afraid to be in that room alone when she was younger. I would be afraid today. Finally: Jeans on a train. That was the only time I wore them during this time. Too hot, plus dress code at the wedding. (It says that the size limit for photos is 7MB but I get an error for anything bigger than 2MB hence the small sizes.)
  2. mandel9000

    Happy Jeans - Tcb 20s contest thread

    Thanks, @MJF9! I saw people from warmer climes making (good-natured) fun of our heatwave (or "heatwave") in another thread but it's all relative! I'll admit it's frightening to think about why it's happening and what the long-term effects might be, but in the short-term I'm choosing to be carefree and embrace it.
  3. mandel9000

    Happy Jeans - Tcb 20s contest thread

    Work is finally a bit more manageable and I had time to prepare a little update this weekend. First a fit and status pic that I also posted on instagram. I'm at either three or four washes, approaching the state of the previous jean when it was returned. I think this one is a little tighter than the last (it's not me getting bigger because other jeans fit the same) which has a small effect on wear (whiskers and thighs). My monstera deliciosa (Swiss cheese plant) deserves a photo too. It's growing outta control! On Saturday morning I decided to bike to the beach and since I left home before it got too hot, I wore jeans. After passing through the city centre, which can be quite a hassle, it's smooth, flat sailing along the harbor. Here's the ferry to Kiel, Germany. The king's cows chilling outside the royal farm. Bygdøy is an excellent place to go running. Lots and lots of paths through the forest and the tree coverage provides shade from the sun. At my destination, the beach. This was early, before the masses arrived. Found a nice spot by the water. It's raining today - which I think everyone's happy about, especially farmers, but the heatwave continues tomorrow.
  4. mandel9000

    Happy Jeans - Tcb 20s contest thread

    Haha! I know. But I can't change the way I feel... Well, maybe with a little exposure therapy!
  5. mandel9000

    Happy Jeans - Tcb 20s contest thread

    Giving my jeans another wash today! I'm not 100 % sure, but I think it's only the second after the initial pre-wear wash. At this point in I had worn the previous pair more for many reasons, most importantly that Norway has experienced a heatwave recently that has taken away a lot of wear-time. The last few weeks have been cold but now we're back at 30 degrees celcius and shorts again. The folds on the left thigh (to the right here) shifted a bit after the first real wash, when the jeans shrunk a bit more. The wear on the back is real and because I got myself a new fancy bike with a hard Brooks seat that I'm trying to break in. Here's the bike! I bought it with the intention of going on more long bike trips, on the road and off-road, perhaps camping, but so far I've only biked around the neighborhood and to the office (five minutes away) a couple of times. But soon! The heatwave as experienced by my cat: Last week I went out walking in the rain in the Wesco boots that I rarely wear. I really do love them, and I dig the look on others, but for some reason it feels a bit too much with these jeans, almost costume-y. I'll get past that and wear them more though.
  6. mandel9000

    Happy Jeans - Tcb 20s contest thread

    Looking good, @FreeCharlesManson!
  7. mandel9000

    Happy Jeans - Tcb 20s contest thread

    Greetings! I've been really, really busy at work - and posting less means posting even less, if that makes any sense. I'll get my sh*t together! Since I last posted I've celebrated my birthday, run a relay race, attended a wedding in Lisbon, gone camping, and all I have pictures of is other people. No me, no jeans. But I'll be back with a real update soon.
  8. mandel9000

    Happy Jeans - Tcb 20s contest thread

    The jeans look and feel so much like the last ones that I haven’t really felt it necessary to document the same part of the process, plus I’ve been more or less living in a suitcase the past two months, but for the sake of participation I have a mini Instagram update. Nice sunny weather here, but still cold enough to wear my most favouritest jacket that I just mended.
  9. mandel9000

    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    Looks great, @bartlebyyphonics! How (much) would you say the fit differs from our TCB 20s?
  10. mandel9000

    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    Forgot to say that it looks AMAZING, @Paul T! Should have started with that. And: I also love the jacket a lot, but I find one thing about the fit quite weird... don't know if you have experienced the same. The jacket spot-on everywhere, nicely fitted but still loose and not restrictive, except for the underarms where it fits rather tight. I have done a lot of sports in my life and maybe that part of of my body has a bit more muscle than the average person's, but not visibly so and certainly not more than men my size. It's gradual and luckily not too tight, just...very tapered below the elbow? I don't know.
  11. mandel9000

    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    Grubby = wash, no question about it. Hygiene before beauty - or in this case, preservation of fabric/fit. I haven't worn mine nearly as much and don't know how yours would turn out after a soak/wash, but in my case I started with machine wash and dryer because it was a bit too big, and the fabric still had that stiffness afterwards. Even the back pleats are mostly intact. Also worth noting that it didn't shrink much in width, only a little in length.
  12. mandel9000


    Maybe Lot. 1101 could be what you're looking for, @julian-wolf? I have regular 800s and 1101s in a size 30. My measurement notes indicate that both have an 11.5" (the 1101 between .5 and .75) thigh right after wash + dry, but although they're similar on paper it certainly doesn't feel that way. The 1101s have a way more comfortable top block and stretch more too. I can measure the thigh after wear later, if any interest?
  13. mandel9000

    Happy Jeans - Tcb 20s contest thread

    Somehow I'm reminded of that time when I was an exchange student in Argentina and had to present Norway in a school assembly, and someone asked about the Norwegian monarchy from medieval times until today. I shaked my head and said "Aaaaah, es un quilombo...", a word I associated only with mess or chaos, the way I had heard it used colloquially, when in fact it means brothel of the nastiest kind. I just couldn't figure out why they were all laughing so much In other news: Wearing the 2.0 jeans today and I had forgotten how much I like the fit. So comfortable and also clean and stylish.
  14. mandel9000

    Happy Jeans - Tcb 20s contest thread

    One delayed and two cancelled flights later... I made it to the post office just before they closed up for Easter, got the jeans and the little note that kinda looks like my cat, and I also collected a box of my own dirty laundry that I sent home when it wouldn't fit in the suitcase anymore. I forgot to measure before the wash but my specs were exactly the same as last time. After a wash and dry they're now 0.5" smaller in the waist than the first pair were at the same point, and the same elsewhere. I forgot to specify that I wanted the new patch so that illegible piece of bacon was transferred on to this pair. I thought it couldn't get any worse, but after this initial wash it's more or less stamp-sized. All good though, it's quite funny and also unique.
  15. mandel9000

    Happy Jeans - Tcb 20s contest thread

    On a layover in Houston at the moment, planning for when I finally get home Wednesday morning. I have to pick up my cat first (living things get priority) but after that it's straight to the post office, and it's actually the last date to collect before the jeans are returned to sender. Cutting it close here! The last three weeks have been eventful and fun. First, in lieu of contest jeans, my Warehouse 1101 got to hang out with the Norwegian Crown Prince at SXSW. After that I mostly wore shorts, both in Austin and on vacation in México. I'll post a few pictures from the trip when I have actual 20s to document as well.