About me.

Who am I?

My name is Judy and am from the mile high city of Denver.  That is Where I am.   Now more to who am I?

I am 73 years old and I am happy to say I have all my faculties.  Is that all I am?
I was a teacher for many years.

I was raised in Canyon which is near Amarillo, Texas.   It was a small provincial town.  You know the town with the square with businesses all around?

 

We lived there for 9 years beginning when I was in the 4th grade.
After my dad sold his curio shop and motel business, we moved to Amarillo.

I then went to Amarillo College.   I finally graduated in 1967.
Dad then taught piano and sculptured and mom composed piano pieces and taught piano too.

We, fortunately, had two music rooms.  No, we were not rich, but thankfully there was good income in private teaching.

Did you work?

After I graduated, I taught Speech Therapy for many years and at all grade levels.  It was a difficult work.  I had not had a good training from my courses in school when I graduated.
I liked certain aspects, but as a whole, I did not do very well.   Nor did I like teaching this subject in the public school system.   I was miserable, but you got to do what you got to do, right?
I was even not rehired sometimes.  The school systems use that word, but it means you were fired.  Then I would try to find a teaching position which means I had to move to a different city.
Did you enjoy any kind of work?
In 1979, I began to teach English as a Second Language to adults in Denver, Colorado.  I was well liked and I felt I was doing something important; teaching refugees how to speak English to help them find jobs later—to support their families.
I enjoyed this job of teaching adults English.   Not only was teaching fun, but I was able to socialize and to eat foods from different lands.
When the teachers got invited to a wedding reception dinner, watch out!  We did not eat for at least one day before the special event, maybe two.
The reason?   Many of our students would have would invite us to a wedding feast and serve a least a 10-course meal.  We often were invited to their homes to eat and to socialize.
Did you learn from your students?
On the teacher’s breaks, we often sat with some students and chatted.  This helped their English. It helped the teachers learn more than the usual feedback in the classroom.

It helped us learn about informal things; such as ‘what is considered polite in their country’.  Americans put their pack of cigarettes hidden in their purse or pockets.

The students that I taught had the custom of leaving the pack on the table.  They told me why they did that.

They said it was[like an invitation to take one.  It was a polite gesture to do.  Polite was and is the keyword I learned and followed in my life since that time in my life.

I devoted my time to my family as well as my students.   That left no room for anything else.  I did go dancing sometimes.  I loved to play pool sometimes too.

The family
When both of my kids were in elementary school I had to communicate with the teachers.  My daughter, Natasha, is disabled.  There were many Doctor visits when she was growing up.

The teachers were a big part of her recovery.

She had leg lengthening surgery when she was 10 years old.  I stayed with her during the day and at night too.  She was in the hospital for three months.  I had to balance hospital, work, and family, but it turned out fine for all of us.

Her brother, James, and my daughter were and are very close.  He did not mind too much that his mom had to focus more on his sister.  Still, he missed his mom.

Today, James is a computer engineer.  Natasha lives at home but does some Bible studies.

Natasha is 42 years old and her

Retirement
Later, when I retired I too was getting Social Security Income like my daughter.  I have a severe hearing loss.  I loved this time in my life.
I got to stay home and not have to get up so early in the morning to go to work.  I no longer had to fight the ice and snow to get to work.
I had more time to clean the house.   More time for everything–even grandchildren.
The best part is that I learned a lot from my mistakes in life.   First, I married the wrong men and I have the stigma of a ‘divorced’ woman from my parents.
No more sad music here, but I still have good memories from both of my husbands.   I have recently have had some contact with my former second husband.   My first husband is deceased.

What about your philosophy?
Philosophy is not a word I care to use.  It is too transient.  The word I like to use is ‘principles’.

I have principles that are self-sustaining during difficult times.  You know the adage,   “if you knew then what you know now”—   Well that is not a fair statement.  We are all imperfect.   We do the wrong things. We make mistakes.

I am old and it is true that I wish sometimes that I had more sense when I was young.  Wisdom is the word.

Some are wise at an early young age and others are at a late age.  You know that already, don’t you?

One basic principle that I live by is to treat people as you would want to be treated.   This is simple but people need to practice it in order to have a peaceful and unselfish relationship with those close to you.

We live in a me, the all-important “me” world.  We do what we want to do and do not have any boundaries except those we have set for ourselves.   I believe in a Creator and I believe He has the right to set the boundaries.

I do not like people to judge me so I do not judge people.

Another thinking of mine is that we go through life with saying or having extremes at times; having wonderful— or having terrible—.  The duration is not significant.  When I am very happy with something that has happened, I know that later that happy something may turn into something not so happy.

A simple example is at a time you are happy you got a good refund on your tax.  But later, you are unhappy about the tax money since the refund is not enough to pay for a coat you have wanted.  Stupid example right?

What about your passionate niche?
My passionate niche is 501 Levi jeans.  And the big 47-foot cowboy started it all.  The real Levi jeans on the big cowboy were made by a Levi sewing manufacturing company in Amarillo.

The building of this special statue captured my love for my dad’s genius and creativity but much later in my life.

When I research about Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis, inventors of the blue jeans, my love for 501 Levi jeans grew even more.

When I did an extensive search about LS&Co, I also read a lot about Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis, entrepreneurs and inventors of the blue jeans who reminded me of my dad.

A major reason for my passion is because the big 47-foot cowboy was hand-built by my dad in 1959  and finished in 1960.   Me seeing how he built the cowboy (to a certain degree) and all the rest of his creative works instilled a love for everything my dad built or created.

There are funny stories about the 47-foot cowboy.In fact, the story about my niche begins with the big cowboy.

That cowboy became famous with tourist throughout the United States.  My happiest memories were centered around the big cowboy, the curio shop. the gunfighter museum and the big cowboy.

If you had seen the big cowboy with his authentic Levi jeans and real shirt, you would still remember him today.

I did not wear jeans much when I was in high school.  I started wearing jeans in earnest in the early 1970’s.  However, sometime in the late 1960’s I remember lying on my bed to put on my jeans.  In those days, I only heard about Levi jeans.

I do hope that 501® Levi® original and tall & big original fit jeans will be an interest for all who love the 501® jeans.    That is the title of my website.  My domain is find me jeans.
This niche about 501 jeans.  original and tall & big original fit jeans is in fact. my domain name is, ‘find me jeans’, but it is too late to change it now.
The 501’s are definitely an investment in good fashion, but Levi jeans is my passion in my old age because the 47-foot cowboy my dad built has real levi jeans.   The stories are for entertainment and then I have pages that have jean accessories as well as the 501 jeans.

my picture

This is my story, but first I would like to present myself.  It is not too bad of a picture for an older lady, is it?
Levi jeans left a lasting impression on me when I was quite young.
My first memory is the feel of the smooth yet sturdy cotton denim jeans that the 47-foot cowboy statue wore in 1960 in a small town in Texas.

big cowboy

Can you imagine the size of the clothes that had to be made for this Big, Tall cowboy?
The artist who built the big tall cowboy was my dad, William Harry Wheeler.  Levi Strauss had no difficulty in providing the original fit blue denim jeans for the cowboy.  There was a sewing manufacturing company in Amarillo who excitedly and proudly made the Levi® original jeans to fit the cowboy after dad gave the measurements.
Please check out the top headings in my Website and click on the ‘Big 47 foot cowboy’ to see how he looked wearing the large original denim jeans, and his authentic yellow shirt with the small blue stripes, including the snap button pockets popular worn in those days in the late 1950’s.
Oh yes, they’re real clothes manufactured from the Levi sewing factory.   They were excited and happy to make the jeans for the big cowboy.   Dad had a time adjusting the jeans, but later used craned to help him sew the real Levi denim jeans with sailor’s wire.
adjusting jeans

Do you see dad adjusting the jeans?   Yes, it was a tall order.
I remember the story about how the tent and awning company had some ladies cut out the pattern in the high school gym.  They were an eager group of elderly ladies and had wanted and had been happy and excited to make the shirt.  When my dad got the shirt, he was very pleased.  They were proud and delighted.
Later, when he started to sew the jeans on the cowboy, Dad discovered the shirt was too SMALL!  Instead of telling these ladies, who had worked so hard to make the shirt of the slight discrepancy, my dad just added the necessary material to finish sewing the shirt.
I remember dad was always a kind and thoughtful man.
There are many stories I remember about the cowboy and his real Levi jeans.
In 1963 men began to wear Levi jeans that were preshrunk. Then years later, Levi Strauss introduced bell bottom jeans.  (I don’t remember the exact year).  At first, I was not interested in these jeans.  They were worn by the “anti-establishment”, and although these jeans were popular, they were only found in thrift and Army surplus stores.  Some clever people cut their jeans and added some material to make their own bell bottom jeans or pants of all kinds.  I did not start wearing them until the beginning of the early 1970’s.  It was at this time happily, Levi Strauss introduced the new collection of bell bottoms for men and women.  I know the first time I wore them in earnest.
bell bottoms
It was at this time happily, Levi Strauss introduced the new collection of bell bottoms for men and women.  I know the first time I wore them in earnest.
A teacher friend of mine “sold” the idea that jeans were popular even for the mainstream culture.  That did not concern me.  I just wasn’t used to wearing pants.  I just got in the habit of wearing mini dresses and skirts, even after work.
She “taught ” me to wear bell bottoms by giving me a pair of hers, and she also gave me some turnip greens with ham hocks I had never eaten before, which I still love both today.

When the men wore these great looking Levi jeans to go dancing, how did they look?   Both the women and men looked very cook and were fashionable.  Does anyone have a picture of the couples dancing together in the 1970’s?
The popularity of the Levi bell bottoms could not be comparable, in my opinion, and many macho men felt the same way; they danced the same way too.
It was a time for dancing to the beat of the music.
Tight fitting Levi jeans, bell bottoms, and the platform shoes were the scene of the 1970’s.   Styles of the fabulous 70’s were colorful, fun and had a dashing display of Flare.
Personally, they were a great fit for me too.    In 1978, the jeans had a slim fit, a square top block, and a low rise.  In contrast,  in 1966 Levi had a rounded top block and a tapered leg.
But you say most jeans in 2016 look great too! I agree.   But during the 1970’s and 1980’s, I was very small and looked fine wearing Levi® jeans.   Since the beginning, Levi has been keeping their reputation intact for quality and durability as experienced by the 501 Levi®’s originally.
I found many men who were big and tall and some who were just tall who felt that the collection of the original Levi tall and big fit jean had the best quality and fit in their experience even though they were thinner than before.
I had the best childhood to remember, fortunately.
I had a great childhood.  Mom and dad both were talented people who loved music and built their lives around classical sounds.  I grew up listening to the records when I was just five years old.   My dad taught band, and my mom taught piano.  Music was what I heard most of my young childhood.

Dad had a full-time job as a writer and editor of technical manuals at Amarillo Air Force Base.    In fact, he was able to put in a lot of time after work building/creating.
I remember how hard both of my parents worked to take care of the Curio shop.  I did too after school.   Sometimes I would look outside when it was time for a sunset.   The road was a two-lane highway, but in the 1950’s I remember it well.

Mom, at least, did not have to cook.  That was left up to my grandma.  She loved to cook and was good at it.
When it came time for either my sister or me to wash dishes, it was a big chore.  Maw (my grandmother) left a big mess when she cooked.  We loved our grandma very much and by her example taught me many things.
Dad was always busy too.  After working as an editor and teacher at the Amarillo Air Force Base, he would come home to finish his building project that he was doing at the time.  He also loved to practice on the piano.  Mom accompanied students for the University where we lived.   They also played duo piano.
Never a dull moment in our house.
The Wheeler household that I remember was peaceful even though a lot of creative endeavors were being experienced.
Next came the times in my life that my dad had the curio shop business.  Many tourists would stop in to buy their souvenirs and buy the 10 cent cokes from the coke machine on the porch.  My twin sister and I took turns watching the curio shop to give the customers their change.  This was after school when I was still in 9th grade.
We had more advantages than others simply because my dad’s businesses helped us learn about people and places traveling throughout the United States.  The building projects and its progress that dad was doing at the time, were exciting to watch.  The black and white picture shows the Cowboy Cafe that also catered to tourist and the local people also.

In the 9 years, we lived in Canyon dad built/created as an artist hand-made signs on the highway and on the curio shop; 6 unit motel; a 22 -foot cowboy; a 47-foot cowboy; a gunfighter museum; and taught a mule how to drink cokes out of a bottle.   I did not realize that this was an unusual household.   My twin sister had our antics.   I remember walking on stilts the very first time.   I composed a play which we had our grandma and mom attend outside our family home.
I was not talented with the violin, but my teacher and I plodded on.  I wrote some music about the 23rd Psalm and mom wrote it down.   My sister and I did some acting in high school.
The building projects and its progress that dad was doing at the time, were exciting to watch.
The first thing you knew Dad was building a motel!  He had a friend help sometimes.   They shared a ride at work at the Air Force Base.    The motel was named “The Corral Curio Shop Motel.   The 22-foot cowboy was built.

Then came the gunfighter’s museum that was set up in the Corral Curios Shop.  Then, the 47- foot cowboy was built. The signs went up at the curio shop and on the highway during this time in the 1950’s.
And all so very quickly.  All this was done to entertain the tourist, but it ended up mostly entertaining all of us in the family.  I even helped occasionally.
I stood by the cowboy with his real Levi original blue denim jeans, and his yellow shirt, while I looked to the West to capture some of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen.

It’s strange, that cowboy with his real Levi jeans effected us all, including my dad who built him.  He loved everything he created and built.  What an accomplishment!
Everyone had to look way up to see the cowboy’s face and his black hat.  He was a handsome dude.  The tourist could see the cowboy from a mile or two.  Anticipatory signs were built by my dad to inform the tourist about the cowboy and the directions to exit.
When it was first built, I told my dad to write his name and the date the cowboy was built.   He had me do it himself.  The big cowboy was a great interest to everyone.
You will have to wait to know about my dad from a website I am planning that will tell about him from the 1930’s to his death in 1997.  It will say something about the pictorial exhibit about his life through rare pictures, items of interest, and stories.
What about me today? I am a vain person and want to look good in my Levi jeans, so I wear to dress?
“What?”, you exclaim. “She talks about jeans, but doesn’t wear them?”, they add.   My answer is that I am overweight and I do not want to wear my jeans that would really show everyone how fat I am, So—I wear to cover-up dresses and skirts, for NOW, that is.  I wear jeans around the apartment
If you have any questions or comments, I will try to answer you as soon as possible. Your feedback is very important to me. So Please fill out your comments or questions below.
Also, keep checking my website, ‘501 Levi® jeans for men’ or findmejeans.com  because I will perhaps bring you new information and pictures for your enjoyment.  Check out my mule stories.  They are fun and entertaining.  They remind me of the 501 Levi® original fit and tall & big original fit jeans for men.   Levi Strauss at that time in the early 1950’s was a common name.
I loved our mule and I loved everything about dad’s business of a tourist attraction.
You may also want to watch my video with the young men who wore and loved their ‘501 Levi® original fit and tall & big original fit jeans for men.
The video will be finished later as well as some of the posts.
My best wishes!
Judy
The author of the website, 501 Lev®i original fit and the tall & big original fit jeans for men.  My email is judy@findmejeans.com