Wore through another pair of my favorite cowboy boots - Olathe Muleskinners - yesterday. These lasted me about 4 years. I used to wear through a pair a year, I was cowgirl-ing so hard. Actually these could have lasted a couple more years if there was a shoe repair shop on the island. I send a pair like this to Drew's Boots in Oregon to be re-heeled. They told me they were beyond repair. The thing is they are still pretty much water-tight.
It occurred to me this morning that we don't have any kind of energy crisis, food crisis, water crisis. We just have a heck of a culture crisis. We adapted our culture to cheap energy. Now we are going to have to re-adapt. I'm sure we will bitch, moan, and fight every step of the way. But material reality does not change; we have to. And my god, it's not like the culture we have now is all that perfect. A less wantonly industrial culture will be quite a relief to most people and to the planet.