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It’s getting close to that time of year again, when the fire works explode in the air and gatherings will be in someone’s backyard with ample Bar-B-Qued hamburgers and hot dogs.

I remember a long time ago there was one party that was the best.  We had our entire church group over to our house because it wasn’t illegal to shoot off the fire works and we had a big piece of land where we could have volley ball and games for the kids.  Of course the fun was to play volley ball with water balloons.  It was quite a tradition for a while.  We had people come from all around.  I had to just cross my fingers and toes while the guys managed the fireworks display.  I remember well my old boss, Jim, retired fire chief, shooting off something that goes straight up in the air.  Well, it went straight up alright, right up his front and skimming his nose as it went.  He looked a little awe struck and amazed.  I laughed until I almost fell on the ground.  I will never forget that one.  Many brought that desert that lit up our taste buds with “Ahs” and “M-m-m-m-m-ms”.  It was a party I will always remember and do every 4th.

At some hometown high there would be a fireworks display, put on by the fire department that astounded the imagination, but somehow, it wasn’t as much fun as we were having.  Someone would sing the Star-Spangled Banner at the beginning of the event or possibly the game that day and we would sing along and salute the flag.

My favorite thing to listen to this time of year is a recording of Red Skelton as he recited the Pledge of allegiance and then recounted his school teacher’s inspiring words, with bit of interpretation of its meaning for the kids.  It has almost become a tradition for us to listen to it every year.  Go here if you would like to listen to it, just copy and paste to the address:

See the following for my favorite Patriotic Hymn – America the Beautiful

I am just a plain ol’ American gal, but I can tell you that my hope for this great land is not plain, but higher than the highest mountain. I have my favorite politicians and speakers and great doers that leave great examples for us to follow but up ’til now I haven’t been out there much with my opinions.  You can take them or leave them but, at least for a while, I am going to try to show support to my fellow Americans who have been needing a hand to get back in the action of doing what they do best.

It has been a real education for me to go to various sites and see the successes that are happening with the Made In America spirit.  I’ve also seen a little  we-don’t-have-the-ability-to-produce-that-here attitude.  My history with this wonderful country tells me that I have seen and read about too many people who have said, “They told me I couldn’t do it, but I showed ’em I could.”  I’m looking for that kind of tenacity.  I know it’s there.  If we don’t have a plant or a factory that does what we need to do, than make the equipment that needs to be there.  There is nothing like when the underdog wins the game, or the unknown guy steps into the part and slays the audience.

I know with what ever knowledge is needed, it can be done.  For now I’ve started up a site that is all about Made in America clothing. It may be a small part but I know that if anyone makes American made apparel and hires out of work Americans for the shop or factory, they need for us to support them by shopping their sites and companies for our products.   If I can, I will have more sites that show everything made in America.  You can find me at heywhatsupamerica.com or e-mail me at sherry.heywhatsupamerica@gmail.com.


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I’ve been a fan of buying made in usa jeans probably longer than anything else. One reason is that, living in LA, there are lots of little designers and factories turning out great local product here. I probably became fixated on buying only American jeans in 2004.  I usually do my clothes-shopping on Melrose Place in the West Hollywood area. Most people imagine that this area is very upscale and expensive. That’s not quite true. There are of course some very high end boutiques, but there are also lots of small mom and pop boutiques that may have their own production or work closely with several designer/producers. So, unlike the big department stores or “Tar-Mart” made-in-Chinaville, you are often dealing directly with the owners and sometimes the designers of the clothes or at least people closely associated with the makers of the clothes. One of my favorite places is Couture. I think they have their own factory because they sell only their own label, which is entirely made in Los Angeles. They have everything from jeans, T-shirts, long-sleeves, jackets, to even velvet trench coats. I usually get the more conservative things there, but if you’re a rockandrolla you would feel right at home there. They had a sale there last summer and I got their $120 jeans for $10 each!!
Anyway, let me get to the crux of this posting. I had gone shopping a few months ago on Melrose, looking for some new jeans and a couple of other things. I thought I had lost my favorite Venom jeans (really cool looking, kind of like True Religion, but better), so I wanted to find a replacement. I stumbled upon a different store that was selling Mek denim. I asked the salesman if the jeans were made in USA and he insisted they were. Now I have learned not to trust salespeople on this topic for the following reasons:
1) they usually don’t know
2) they usually don’t care, unless it’s Italian
3) they’ll happily lie to get you to buy the product.
So I looked for the tag. Strangely, I couldn’t find the tag for where it was made. However, the main label said, “Mek USA.” Surely this meant that I couldn’t go wrong. I expressed my reservations to the salesman and he made me a deal by lowering the price to $90 from $160 just to get me to buy them. I bit. I took them home, feeling very good about them and drove straight to a tailor to get them altered.
I got the jeans back a week later, looking good, fitting well. When I got them home, I examined them, and, to my horror, found a tiny, see-through label deep inside the pant seam on the right that said “made in China.” I was so mad! The jeans could no longer be returned, since they had been altered. I swore I would never go to that store again and would be much more careful and less gullible in the future. If this happened to me, as obsessive as I am, I think that the average person would be much more easily swayed. As a karmic twist, I found my Venom jeans a few days later (they had been missing for over a month).
I do wear the Mek jeans occasionally, but I don’t feel good about them. I think that this kind of feeling about the products we buy reflects a radical change in consumer consciousness in this country. Previously, we were happy with a shiny new product and were pleased as long as it worked well and was a good value. Now, we are on the upslope of a reversal of this sort of thinking. Now, more and more people don’t feel good about a product unless it also appeals to their moral sense. So this now includes for me where a product is made, how green its manufacture is (how much energy is used and how much waste is generated), and even the moral prestige of the owners or producers of the product. Steve Jobs is definitely scoring points with the new macbook in its inherent quality as well as the fact that it is a much more eco-manufactured computer. Now, if he only championed American manufacturing, people like me would look up to him like Obama. So listen to you moral sense when you are shopping and don’t believe the salesmen!

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