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Post by Raw Shark » 2018-01-08 05:56pm

DAY LABOR LADY: So, we've got a construction gig for you tomorrow morning. 5am sharp, at the new condos on Wazee in LoDo where that parking garage used to be.

YOUR DRIVER: Do I need to bring any specific gear?

DAY LABOR LADY: You'll need work gloves, and steel-toed work boots, broken in enough to stand and walk around all day. We can lend you a vest and a hardhat if you leave a deposit.

YOUR DRIVER: Shit. My work boots are not steel-toed, and are getting too worn out for outdoors in January.

DAY LABOR LADY: That's too bad. The pay is $12/hour instead of the usual $10.

YOUR DRIVER: So what you're saying here is I'd have a roughly 50/50 chance of breaking my... Wait, what about combat boots?

DAY LABOR LADY: Are they black?

YOUR DRIVER: Yeah. WWII vintage, German infantry. Got 'em for a song at a surplus store when I was 18.

DAY LABOR LADY: See you at 5:00.

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Post by Alyrium Denryle » 2018-01-10 04:54am

Raw Shark wrote:
2018-01-08 05:56pm
DAY LABOR LADY: So, we've got a construction gig for you tomorrow morning. 5am sharp, at the new condos on Wazee in LoDo where that parking garage used to be.

YOUR DRIVER: Do I need to bring any specific gear?

DAY LABOR LADY: You'll need work gloves, and steel-toed work boots, broken in enough to stand and walk around all day. We can lend you a vest and a hardhat if you leave a deposit.

YOUR DRIVER: Shit. My work boots are not steel-toed, and are getting too worn out for outdoors in January.

DAY LABOR LADY: That's too bad. The pay is $12/hour instead of the usual $10.

YOUR DRIVER: So what you're saying here is I'd have a roughly 50/50 chance of breaking my... Wait, what about combat boots?

DAY LABOR LADY: Are they black?

YOUR DRIVER: Yeah. WWII vintage, German infantry. Got 'em for a song at a surplus store when I was 18.

DAY LABOR LADY: See you at 5:00.
I so want to nickname you Nazi Boots....
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Post by Raw Shark » 2018-01-10 05:57am

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I so want to nickname you Nazi Boots....
Just for the record, fuck Nazis. Fuck 'em in the ear. But they made some decent-ass boots and I am not ashamed to admit that I own a pair. Neither I nor my boots hate the Jews (I asked one to marry me, and I cheerfully attempted to keep the yurmulke on at her brother's Bar-Mitzvah, for those who don't follow my awesome career, but those things just don't like my bald goy head), we just hate frostbite and getting our feet fucked up.

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Post by Raw Shark » 2018-01-10 06:14am

And also just for the record, her brother was born in the month that had the hardest Bar-Mitzvah, and he killed that shit. Smart kid.

I really can't keep a yurmalke on my head, though, no matter how much respect I want to show. I did catch one out of the air when it blew off a dude's head on a windy day once, like a pro yarmulke-catcher, and he sincerely thanked me.
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Post by Zaune » 2018-01-10 06:16am

One question, though. How well are said boots going to stand up to you dropping something really fucking heavy on your foot?
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Post by Raw Shark » 2018-01-10 06:18am

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One question, though. How well are said boots going to stand up to you dropping something really fucking heavy on your foot?
Depends on how it hits. Steel toes can protect you or pinch your toes off. It's an iffy proposition.

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Post by InsaneTD » 2018-01-10 08:50am

I keep hearing it's what they are designed to do. Supposedly, it's so surgeons have clean cuts that are easy to reattach, unlike trying to rebuild crushed toes.

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Post by Crazedwraith » 2018-01-10 09:37am

I'm pretty sure the "cut off your toes" thing was debunked by Mythbusters actually but have no practical experience to draw on.
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Post by InsaneTD » 2018-01-10 09:42am

I think they did as well. It's still a persistent myth.

You also have to be careful with steel caps as some are actually plastic caps now. But if they meet the same standards, I don't care.

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Post by U.P. Cinnabar » 2018-01-10 10:58am

For most factory and outdoor jobs, reinforced toes work just as well as, and are more comfortable than, steel toes.
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Raw Shark wrote:
2018-01-10 05:57am
Alyrium Denryle wrote:
2018-01-10 04:54am
I so want to nickname you Nazi Boots....
Just for the record, fuck Nazis. Fuck 'em in the ear. But they made some decent-ass boots and I am not ashamed to admit that I own a pair. Neither I nor my boots hate the Jews (I asked one to marry me, and I cheerfully attempted to keep the yurmulke on at her brother's Bar-Mitzvah, for those who don't follow my awesome career, but those things just don't like my bald goy head), we just hate frostbite and getting our feet fucked up.

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Post by Lord Revan » 2018-01-10 02:16pm

Crazedwraith wrote:
2018-01-10 09:37am
I'm pretty sure the "cut off your toes" thing was debunked by Mythbusters actually but have no practical experience to draw on.
considering the steel re-enforcements aren't sharp, not mention that IIRC they're kind of a cup around your toes not a band or a blade, so anything heavy enough to sever your toes by pressing the edge of the steel down on them would crush the toes into something that you couldn't reattach anyway. Bones or joints aren't that easy to cut thru after all.
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Post by Lord Revan » 2018-01-10 03:46pm

Lord Revan wrote:
2018-01-10 02:16pm
Crazedwraith wrote:
2018-01-10 09:37am
I'm pretty sure the "cut off your toes" thing was debunked by Mythbusters actually but have no practical experience to draw on.
considering the steel re-enforcements aren't sharp, not mention that IIRC they're kind of a cup around your toes not a band or a blade, so anything heavy enough to sever your toes by pressing the edge of the steel down on them would crush the toes into something that you couldn't reattach anyway. Bones or joints aren't that easy to cut thru after all.
Ghetto edit:Yeah Mythbusters did test it and it was busted
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Post by Imperial528 » 2018-01-10 03:58pm

When I was in high school this was actually a topic of discussion with my drafting/machining instructor. According to him, some of the early steel boots had toe guards with convex top ends, so the tip would bend inward from large force. Now they are built with concave ends that go down to the sole past the toe along the walls of the boot, providing more support to the top of the guard.

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Raw Shark wrote:
2018-01-10 05:57am
Alyrium Denryle wrote:
2018-01-10 04:54am
I so want to nickname you Nazi Boots....
Just for the record, fuck Nazis. Fuck 'em in the ear. But they made some decent-ass boots and I am not ashamed to admit that I own a pair. Neither I nor my boots hate the Jews (I asked one to marry me, and I cheerfully attempted to keep the yurmulke on at her brother's Bar-Mitzvah, for those who don't follow my awesome career, but those things just don't like my bald goy head), we just hate frostbite and getting our feet fucked up.

"Your feet will heal. The boots will not." --My Favorite Nazi Dude, out of all the possibly involuntary Nazi dudes.
Also, since the war ended, I figure the most common way to still own Nazi boots is either "I killed a Nazi and took his boots" or "I got the boots from someone who killed a Nazi and took his boots."

Having Nazi army boots is no more evidence of being a Nazi than having a tigerskin rug is evidence of being a tiger. :D
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Post by J » 2018-01-12 10:55am

Co-op student orientation at my work

Me: Welcome to (insert company name here), your desk is right over here, the printer's right over there, yada-yada-yada, any questions?
Him: Not that I can think of right now, but if anything comes to mind I'll be sure to ask.
Me: Excellent. One last thing, if you're thirsty you can press this button on your desk and a robot will roll up with a glass of water.
Him: Cool!

10 minutes later...

Him: Excuse me, how long does it take for the robot to deliver the glass of water?
Me: Umm...oh dear...

Apparently, office robots are believable in 2018.
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Post by Raw Shark » 2018-01-12 08:11pm

They're pretty good boots. I like they way they suit me, and (not to put too fine a point on it, when I'm feeling like that kid) the WWII Germans considered all of the possible applications besides how I look on the dance floor. Style and utility unite as one!

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Post by Simon_Jester » 2018-01-12 11:02pm

J wrote:
2018-01-12 10:55am
Co-op student orientation at my work

Me: Welcome to (insert company name here), your desk is right over here, the printer's right over there, yada-yada-yada, any questions?
Him: Not that I can think of right now, but if anything comes to mind I'll be sure to ask.
Me: Excellent. One last thing, if you're thirsty you can press this button on your desk and a robot will roll up with a glass of water.
Him: Cool!

10 minutes later...

Him: Excuse me, how long does it take for the robot to deliver the glass of water?
Me: Umm...oh dear...

Apparently, office robots are believable in 2018.
Well, if someone actually wanted to do that, they could. I mean, you'd basically just need a glorified Vroomba or something, with a conveniently placed water spigot and robot arm to supply the glass.

It is totally believable, it's just not something you'd expect to see anyone bother with outside of Silicon Valley, where they'd be doing it to show off.
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Post by U.P. Cinnabar » 2018-01-13 12:22am

J wrote:
2018-01-12 10:55am
Co-op student orientation at my work

Me: Welcome to (insert company name here), your desk is right over here, the printer's right over there, yada-yada-yada, any questions?
Him: Not that I can think of right now, but if anything comes to mind I'll be sure to ask.
Me: Excellent. One last thing, if you're thirsty you can press this button on your desk and a robot will roll up with a glass of water.
Him: Cool!

10 minutes later...

Him: Excuse me, how long does it take for the robot to deliver the glass of water?
Me: Umm...oh dear...

Apparently, office robots are believable in 2018.
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Post by U.P. Cinnabar » 2018-01-13 12:23am

Raw Shark wrote:
2018-01-12 08:11pm
They're pretty good boots. I like they way they suit me, and (not to put too fine a point on it, when I'm feeling like that kid) the WWII Germans considered all of the possible applications besides how I look on the dance floor. Style and utility unite as one!
Didn't Hugo Boss design those too?
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Post by Raw Shark » 2018-01-13 08:50am

U.P. Cinnabar wrote:
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Didn't Hugo Boss design those too?
I haven't looked into it, but I would not be surprised if they had a spot-on knock-off, given their general tendencies. Regardless, my boots are good, and anyone who disagrees is welcome to face-test them. I'm Raw Shark, and I'm open 24-7.

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Post by Lord Revan » 2018-01-13 09:34am

U.P. Cinnabar wrote:
2018-01-13 12:23am
Raw Shark wrote:
2018-01-12 08:11pm
They're pretty good boots. I like they way they suit me, and (not to put too fine a point on it, when I'm feeling like that kid) the WWII Germans considered all of the possible applications besides how I look on the dance floor. Style and utility unite as one!
Didn't Hugo Boss design those too?
IIRC no, they were a minor company at the time, it was another german company (whose name escapes me atm) who designed the uniforms, Hugo Boss was just one of the many companies contracted to make the actual uniforms.
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Post by U.P. Cinnabar » 2018-01-13 01:30pm

Oh, okay. Thanks.
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Post by U.P. Cinnabar » 2018-01-13 01:34pm

Raw Shark wrote:
2018-01-13 08:50am
U.P. Cinnabar wrote:
2018-01-13 12:23am
Didn't Hugo Boss design those too?
I haven't looked into it, but I would not be surprised if they had a spot-on knock-off, given their general tendencies. Regardless, my boots are good, and anyone who disagrees is welcome to face-test them. I'm Raw Shark, and I'm open 24-7.
I prefer Tony Llamas myself, but if those boots work for you, then I have no issue wit that. Can't fault good footwear.
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