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My name is Judy Kingsberry.   I guess that means, King of the berry; but I am a female, so it should be Queensberry.

The important thing is the names and synopsis of the Table of Contents or writes about the post or page so that visitors

can know what it is all about.

Sometimes, it may be effective if the pages or post may be a bit mysterious.   But I have been an open book all my life.

 A neat pun.  I am not a book that is opened.  It simply means, of course, that I am not a mystery.

pun showing open book

I wish sometimes I, myself, could be a romantic mystery, but not in writing any articles.

So, my Table of Contents will have the pages and posts with the short summaries added.

It is my hope that, in time, you will read all my pages and posts.   They are interesting and will give you time to click a product

advertised on my website.

These summaries will give you an insight into my life and personality that slip through my mind.    There you go!   Who writes

a phrase,  “ideas that slip through my mind?”   That is the way I write and talk.  I have come to believe that the late hour of my life

shows that I may have some talent after all.

Yes, I am older so sometimes I get lost in my thoughtsa drawing of a brain function Saying saying about if the shoe fits

Back to the Table of Contents    The pages are on top of the website.   You can find the posts in the sidebar.


Privacy Policies.  

I learned that every website should have various references, including a privacy policy.  The definition, according

to Wikipedia is that a privacy policy is a statement or a legal document that discloses some or all of the ways a party gathers, uses,

discloses, and manages a customer or client’s data.  The Privacy Policy is usually found on every Website, including findmejeans.com


I will soon be interviewing who will give a testimonial page about their ‘501 Levi original and tall & big original fit jeans’.  I will ask questions for them to answer candidly.  I hope they will give the pro and con about their jeans.   If they have never ordered online, I will ask if they would consider going on my website to click on the links for both jeans and accessories.   “I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.”   Thanks to a great company I am able to bring you products to my website that you can find an easy link to Amazon.   Amazon gives me a small commission.  The rest of my website is for entertainment.  It all connects together with the 501 Levi jeans.



The pictorial exhibit

The Pictorial Exhibit–

The Website is 501® Levi® Original fit and tall & big original fit jeans for men.

This site helped me with my decision to write about my dad.  I found the best way to write                                  Pictorial Exhibit about the man who built the big cowboy

about my dad was by designing and making the 8-feet long pictorial exhibit which ..included his

creative innovations; rare pictures, stories and other surprises.  

It was made of a heavy plywood with a centerpiece and two sides. 


I had always respected Levi Strauss & Co which is one of the reason

I decided last year to write about jeans.                                                                                    

In fact, 501 Levi jeans original fit and tall & big original fit jeans for men became my website.  

Knowing about the personality and the background of Levi Strauss also motivated me to

build the pictorial exhibit.   

But, the main reason I built my exhibit was to tell the public about my dad and why he was a creative genius. 

         So, are you interested what I included in the pictorial exhibit?



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My mule stories–one

Francis at a Tea Party at a fancy hotel downtown

What do these stories have to do with my website, ‘find me jeans ‘ with the                                                                                                                                                              Title, ‘501® Levi® original fit and tall & big original fit jeans for men’?

Let me give you the reasons I included the stories about Francis, our coke mule drinking (out of a bottle). How is Levi Strauss and Company of the 1950’s and 1960 related to the events that occurred with my dad’s overlapping life?

Levi Strauss and my dad both had the same qualities and their way of doing business by their using innovations was similar.
I decided that these mule stories fitted in with the Levi Stauss & Co with their unique innovations during the 1950’s.

The 1950’s was the time dad trained his mule to drink coca cola out of a bottle; an innovative way to advertise his business, a curio shop named the Corral Curio Shop.
LS&Co also embarked on an innovative way for advertising and promoting his products. LS&Co, in the 1950’s, introduced a zippered version of the overalls to accommodate the people in the East. (too cold for them to have the original buttoned overalls).

Dad built his small cowboy (22-feet) to entertain the tourist. Training a mule to drink cokes out of a bottle was an innovative way to entertain the tourist and was considered “a new way” to advertise his curio shop.
In 1960, LS&Co opened and insisted his new plant in the south be fully integrated. This was before the Civil Federal Rights were enacted.

Dad’s new motel allowed visitors of all colors to be allowed in his motel rooms, even though all the motels from California to his motel in Texas refused to rent a room to “certain” people. Dad’s motel was also fully integrated.
Let me begin this little saga so that all will understand why I included these mule stories. These are my memories and I hope they will become yours too.


 Those were the times of new beginnings, rebellion,  new fashion, turnip greens and soul music.   I loved those jeans and I loved my childhood memories!

1950 fashion in ladies's pants

Soul group the Platters

                                                               1950's movie with Monroe          1950 fashion bell bottoms 

Can you imagine a mule going to a fancy hotel to attend a tea party given by a group of elderly ladies?   

Does this mule look like Francis?


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The mule story–three and four

                     The Unexpected Call—dreaded and late

How would you react to a late unexpected call from the police

when you were asleep in bed?

Francis is Keeping Company with the Police at 2:00 in the Morning.

It was a morning just like this.  A time for sleeping or else waiting forearly morning dawn dawn!

One late night late, dad received a call from the police.   They said,

Mr. Wheeler, you need to come out and take a look at your mule!!

Do calls from the police make it a polite complaint?

Dad rushed out and ran to the front of the curio shop where Francis was kept in the back.  

With only his slippers and the same pants and shirt, dad had worn earlier that night, he ran with tears in his eyes.  

That mule loved dad and followed him everywhere and this story is understandably a concern for Dad.

                                       Do you think so too?    Find out how Dad handled the call.


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My mule stories, number two

An introduction to Francis, our beautiful mule who loved drinking cokes and who entertained thousands of tourist over 50 years ago.

He is talking to you.  “Heeeee Haa.”

Now, you may ask me what does a mule story have to do with 501 Levi jeans for men?

I would say,  my vivid memories of those days of the big 47-foot cowboy, brings a wealth

of reminders of the denim jeans that the big cowboy wore.   Many tourists touched the denim

jeans and the cowboy and put their kids on top of the shoe to take pictures.  But that memory

extends to other things my dad did which the tourist enjoyed.                                                                                                             Writer of mule stories

I wrote some stories recently that just reminded me of that day over 50 years ago.   Yep!  My mule stories.



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Funny stories about the big cowboy

Funny Stories About the Cowboy

This picture is from the collection of Angelica Paez.  She bought this picture from a person in Houston.  Now Angelica is the owner. Angelica is an artist herself and does not mind her picture being posted.  It is registered, however.

This is the picture of the big cowboy and the curio shop in early 1963.  It was just at the time my Dad sold his business. The picture brings back many memories of funny stories about

Francis. the mule and the big 47-foot cowboy.

the big 47-foot cowboy

Let me introduce myself.  I am Judy Kingsberry and my Dad is the one who built the 47-foot cowboy including everything else in this picture. Dad built and owned the tourist business.  His name was William Harry Wheeler.  My Mom’s first name was Gayneyl.

Dad knew denim 501 Levi® jeans were in fashion and that the denim western shirt was popular among cowboys.  There were cowboys in the Panhandle of Texas where the cowboy was located who wore jeans.   We were just 15 miles from Amarillo, Texas.   The little town at that time was named Canyon.

We were just 15 miles from Amarillo, Texas.   The little town at that time was named Canyon.

I am thankful to Levi Strauss manufacturing company for providing the jeans and a tent and awning company responsible for the shirt.

Levi Strauss sewing manufacturing company in Amarillo made the 501 Levi® denim jeans for tall and big men.

The tent and awning company (I do not know their name) made the shirt and the local ladies, all volunteers, cut the pattern out and did the sewing for dad to put on the cowboy as a shirt.

One funny Story–The Making of the Western Shirt!

The tent and awning company provided the material.   I believe it was the same as an awning, but their shop was not big enough to accommodate the cowboy’s large size.

What was the size of that shirt?   Will you guess?    Please, put the size you guessed in the comment box.

can you guess question mark

Then, they were able to get a group of volunteers to cut and sew in a gym.   They ended up being older ladies who knew each other.

Like I mentioned before, the material to be cut and sewed was in a high school gym.   They told Mr. Wheeler that they were careful to not make the shirt too big!!   They basically used needles, thread, and scissors to sew the shirt by hand.

When you use your imagination, you can see these older ladies putting the denim fabric down in this huge gymnasium all away around, cutting, sewing by hand and using pins to keep the material in place.

Get a group of women together and watch out, their conversation is registered in so many decibels for the whole group to hear!   Now that would be some loud talk.  Do you hear the slight echo?

I imagine sometimes they did a one on one conversation.   What did they talk about?   Can you guess?   I do not know how long it took these ladies, but I do know they were determined to do it right and to please Mr. Wheeler who was a genius to have built everything including the big cowboy.

I do not know how long it took these ladies, but I do know they were determined to do it right and to please Mr. Wheeler who was a “genius” to have built everything by himself including the big cowboy.

When they presented the shirt to dad, they did not stay to see if it fitted.  After all, it was cut out at a gym.   How much bigger and where can you sew a shirt by hand?

Well, dad used several cranes to lift up the shirt in the best way to position it to the cowboy and then making it possible to sew them on the cowboy.

clip art of a crane

And like I said, it was way too small.   Now he could have contacted the ladies to add so and so to be able to fit, but he was too kind. It was not an impossible task to perform.   He had done the same thing with the big cowboy’s jeans.   As you can see in this picture, it took a lot of adjusting.   But the jeans were not too short and they were wide enough.   The shirt was a shirt of a different color.

That is dad down at the foot moving the jeans to see about the fit.

The cowboy's tall big jeans

When dad discovered that the shirt was too small, he added the extra piece himself rather than tell these ladies about the shirt not being big enough to put around the body of the cowboy.

That was the kindness of my dad.   He was amused too as he related the story.   I guess these ladies could Not Believe the cowboy was so Big!!   But he was a kind man and he never told them.

Now for some more of the background about my dad’s project; the 47-foot cowboy that had the 501 Levi® original fit and tall & big original fit jeans for men.. Stay tuned for some funny stories.

Angelica Paez, the owner of the picture of the big cowboy, I am happy to share here.   You can still see my dad’s ladder on top of the curio shop porch.   A little boy is standing on the left foot while a woman is taking a picture.

The 47-foot cowboy

Angelica knows my dad built everything in the picture.   You can find her on Google. She has been an artist for over 20 years. I will have her work listed on the homepage.

She is the owner of this picture although she knows it is my dad’s cowboy and his business he built also by hand.   You can find her on Google.   She has been an artist for over 20 years. I will have her work listed on the homepage.

You can find her on Google.   Some of her artwork is done by using surreal collages and is called Scrapatorium.  This one is named  Free Spirit.  http://scrapatorium.blogspot.com/

Now to another funny story; the Frame.

Dad began the construction of the cowboy strictly from scratch by pulling this heavy wire apart from these slabs which he eventually wired together.   This was done in the back of the curio shop and in front of the motel.

Later he had to move the cowboy parts of the frame in front of the curio shop to piece together because he knew he would have to have cranes to lift the cowboy up in position.

When my dad started twisting and bending the wires to put the parts together, many tourists did not realize he was building a 47- foot cowboy.

No one had done such a thing; it had never crossed their mind and some of the comments they made were amusing and the way dad handled their comments was even funnier in my opinion.

Let me give you an example.
One day, a tourist stopped by the curio shop, named, by the way, the Corral Curio Shop, at the time dad was forming the hand of the cowboy.   This meant he was in about the center of the cowboy.

Now, this was a common question,  “What are you building, an airplane?”   They could have asked other question about the mystery of the figure on the ground, but it seemed like everyone who asked what my dad was making, they usually thought he was building an airplane.

Dad was patient with them.   Sometimes, he would just answer but that brought on more questions or comments.   Usually, he would say or tell them to come over about the middle of the ‘airplane’ and he would show them what he was building.

He took them close to the middle of the cowboy.   Then he asked,  “Do you see the cowboy hat?” as he pointed west.   “Yeh, I see a hat.” the tourist would respond.

Dad would turn and point to the opposite direction.   He would ask the tourist,  “Over there to the east, do you see boots?”    The tourists are surprised usually and told dad what he was building even though dad knew what he was building already!!    “Why, you’re building a cowboy!”      “That’s right, ” dad answered, “I’m building a cowboy.”    

Dad knew the next question that was invariably asked.   “How big is it going to be?”  Dad would say, “About 50 feet.”   If he had said 47 feet, they could not have visualized the size as easily as 50 feet.   This led to other questions.

This is a special notation. The cowboy had a reputation for being 47-feet, but he would talk to the family at home about the 49- foot cowboy.   In actuality, the cowboy was 49 feet, but among the general public, the cowboy was 47 feet.   The big sign beside the cowboy advertised that the cowboy was 47-feet.

Here are some more questions tourist made about the cowboy.

One. “What are you going to do with him?”

Two. “Where are you going to put him?”

Three. “Where did you learn how to do that?”

Four. “Aren’t you afraid it will fall down?”

Five. “Why did you build a tall cowboy like that?”

Six. “What is he going to look like after you finish?”

Seven. “Did you have a model to shape this here cowboy?”

Eight. “When will it be finished?”

What question would you have asked?    4 way discussion and feedback



Now with the question such as these, dad would keep on working while he answered.   When they started to give him advice, he would invite them into the curio shop.

The tourist took their pictures and touched the cowboy or his jeans if they could reach them.   Then they would go in the curio shop to buy their souvenirs.   In the summer, we would have tourist visiting the cowboy and the curio shop continuously all day long from all over the United States.   If I were alone, I would have to call home for more help.

Our Home was behind the motel.   The large one was the family home and the smaller one was for my grandmom.   Her name was Bessie, but I called her, “Maw”.   I loved her very much.

The largest selling item was the Texas shaped ashtray.   They had their choice of buying   gags;   expensive turquoise and cheap imitation turquoise jewelry;   moccasins;   cowboy hats;   regular size polished horns; steer horns;   leather goods like wallets and belts and purses;   scarves and neckties;   ashtrays, plates, and other paraphernalia;   large cut glass items;   Squaw dresses;   postcards and many other items.

What would you have bought if you were traveling as a tourist through Texas?

There was no need for the big cowboy to say anything.   When no one was looking, he would take a drag of his cigarette.

I have strange funny stories too.   They are short and sweet.

Now many tourists stopped at the curio shop?   There were signs on the highway that aroused their interest and were fun to find because they were anticipatory signs.

What I found strange, (I learned about this later) but sadly, local people and some tourist would pass all this and just continue on driving.   Now it is too late to see the original 1960’s tourist’s stop.

I called them the drive-by sign lookers.   These are the drivers with time on their hands, but they never stopped to take pictures and/or to come into the curio shop.

That even goes with the kids at school or the ones in my Sunday school class in all the nine years I lived there in that small provincial town.   It is not as provincial now as it was then.  I am not critical of the situation but I am stating facts as I see them.

Now, for the most part, the local people of the small city is proud and love their icon, the big 47-foot cowboy, named Tex Randall.   There are some good people in this small city.

My family would shake our heads because we felt sorry for them; they did not know what a curio shop was.   I think they thought the cowboy would step on them or their cars.

I do not know the reason people driving by did not stop to look closely at the cowboy or to look inside the curio shop, but now I wonder if they are sorry they did not see up close the unique and famous cowboy and curio shop and everything else that is no longer there.   I am talking about the local people too.

And I mean they drove by for many years, not just once.   But mainly the cowboy was a sign for them.   They would say such statement as this;  “Every time I saw that cowboy, I knew I was close to home. or to Amarillo; or to another highway; or to la di la land.”

I am sure some of them regret they did not stop because the curio shop was closed and later was torn down to make room for a park.   The big cowboy is now painted.

They have a nice Mexican food restaurant and have really beautiful paintings on their walls–makes it worth going there to eat.   Tell them Judy says “hello”.   They were so kind to prepare a meal and then paid for the meal themselves!!

Here is an observation that I came across concerning the clothes of the cowboy.   Ignorance and neglect caused the clothes on the cowboy to be lost or just ripped off.    The weather was blamed for the loss of the cowboy’s clothes, but that is not entirely true.   Dad knew about the weather and the clothes were here to stay as planned by my dad and Levi Strauss manufacturing company.   I must say this is my opinion based pm sound judgment with knowledge of the creative genius of my artist father, William Harry Wheeler.


Levi Strauss & Co. was so happy they had provided the jeans for the cowboy that they made a 2015 unzipped blog written by Tracey Pollick the Historian for the LS&Co telling about the 1960 cowboy and about my dad.   We are talking about an international company today and I think everyone there would have stopped to take pictures and would have come in the Corral Curio Shop to buy some souvenirs before heading back to San Francisco.   I recommend you read all the unzipped blogs on Levi Strauss & Co with Tracey Panek, the historian.

Again, I would love to hear from each one who visits my website.   However, I know there are many articles you could make your comments.   So I will be happy if you will write a comment on just a few of your favorite posts and articles as seen on https://findmejeans.com  feedback on comments

My email is judy@findmejeans.com   Email me if you would like and I will try to answer everyone in a timely manner.  

Please visit the ‘501® Jeans’ page for pictures and information about the 501 Levi®  original fit and tall & big original fit jeans for men.   The accessories offer and talk about other products you will love to read about and perhaps want and will press a link to purchase something.   I earn a small commission from Amazon.com.   As of September 26, 2017, I have not finished my website.   Please keep that in mind when you look at my website.

Either way. my goal is to entertain and I am hoping sincerely that you were entertained with the posts and pages on my website.    Search on Google for ‘find me jeans’ or later I hope you will be able to search for ‘501 Levi® original fit and tall & big original fit jeans for men’.

This is an unzipped blog about the big cowboy from Levi Strauss & Co.   I helped Tracy with information and the rare pictures.   She is the historian for LS&Co and is a busy person who travels for artifacts and lectures and gives information to groups.    There is also an unzipped blog about Tracey Panek.

Thank you,

Judy Kingsberry, owner of the website, 501 Levi® original fit and tall & big original fit jeans for men.   I would love to hear from you and will answer you quickly in a timely manner.

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10 interesting facts about denim jeans.

Fun and famous coke advertisements in posters are used in this post.  They bring back memories of Francis, our mule who drank cokes https://findmejeans.com/my-mule-stories-two/during the years of the following images.

Ten Interesting facts about denim jeans

Happiness is love and blue jeans.
Many people believe jeans were an American Invention and I thought so too but they were first found or got their start in Genoa, Italy.  It was a harbor town that made a certain type of material called a gene or jean.
When French visitors were in the little port town, they called the material cloth, “blue de genes”.  The “g” in French is a soft sound.  Now in English, the “g” is a hard sound.
Later after the Italians exported the material throughout Europe, the weavers tried to develop the jeans and were known as “serge de Nemes” meaning from the city of Nemes which was later referred to as denim.  501 Jeans.  

Your taste its quality



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Everyone has a story.

everyone has a story title


My friends,  this is a long entertaining play that I wrote.  You may need to divide your time in reading it or you may want to read to the end.    I have an intermission.  If you would like to stop there or at any time and go to my other posts or pages, please do so.  

The purpose of this play that I wrote is to entertain and to bring you “close” to a company I have loved since the 1960’s because Levi Strauss & Co. fitted my dad’s 47- foot cowboy with their 501 original jeans.   ENJOY THE PLAY.

INTRODUCTION of the theater program.

Play’s Long Title-How Judy and Maggie  Relate the work of slaves chopping cotton to how Levi Strauss integrated factories with Black Americans long before the civil Right’s Act of the 1960’s.”

Play’s short Title--“Levi plays a part with Black American History.

Act 1–Judy and Maggie learn about the role and work of the slave in the U. S.

slave-cabin-440349_640A Restored slave cabin.  Laura Plantation near Vacherie, Louisiana.


RayThis is a story about how Judy learned a little surprise about chopping cotton.   Her history class would benefit by researching how Levi Strauss, maker of 501 jeans for men and other styles of fashion did his part to symbolically free the black American by giving him his civil rights.

Relating her experience in the small town in Oklahoma, her students would realize the importance of their research. slaves-in-the-field

Abby, Ella. “Slavery.” Emaze. Contributor public page.                                     www.emaze.com/slavery

JudyAccording to what I have been told throughout the years in my life, the Wikipedia well expresses slavery, especially those in the field, is this manner.

Field slaves usually worked in the fields from sunrise to           sundown, while being monitored by an overseer. The         overseer was there to make sure that slaves did not                   slow down or cease their field work until the day                                  was over.

Wikipedia contributors, “Field slaves in the United States.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.  4 Aug. 2016. Web. Nov. 23, 2016

The first part of this play,  takes place in a little town and a cotton field in Oklahoma.   The dialogue begins with two high school history teachers; friends who live in Dallas.

Open little theater

Ray—This is the stage in the late 1950’s that was used in this play. I may include it in other places to remind you that it is a play. It starts with two friends talking about their teaching jobs at the middle school nearby.  They are in Judy’s home relaxing after a long day of teaching.   Maggie lives nearby, and it is their habit to drink coffee and talk about their students and their history lessons.

But this ‘day’ would prove to be distinctive for both Maggie and Judy.  It was their lesson in history that would not be forgotten.

MaggieI am still elated that the kids are excited to learn about the cotton manufacturing plants.

JudyI am on the same lesson.

Maggie— I concentrate more on the cotton manufacturing process.

Judy  They just learned today in my class about all the products that can be made with cotton.   There are a lot of products and information the Story of cotton shows  When we came to the part about jeans, they all laughed.

Maggie— They said The Jingle, did they not?

                  Pat,                                                                                                                                            clap,                                                                                                                                           snap  to  the, snap to the rhythm,  pat– pat 

         Judy–  Here we go now–                                                                                                                                                                                           RHYTHMtalk the talk

         Judyfind me jeans.         


Maggie—Jeans for me too?

          Judy—For you jeans?

 Maggie—501 Levi jeans?

          Judy-— find me Levi jeans too,                              please.

 Maggie— 501 Levi jeans for you too?          Row, David, “Lesson, Songs,                                                                                                Ideas.”    Make Moments                                                                                                     Matter.  Educational                                                                                                           Teacher’s Guide,                                                                                                                      Web. 24 Sept. 2016  “clicking fingers to the beat of the RHYTHM”                    

      Judy—find me jeans too, please.snapping finger

Maggie—501 Levi jeans for men?

       Judy—find me 501 Levi jeans for men- for tall and big, original &                   regular.   

Maggie—find me jeans too, please?          Weagley, Vance. “How to                                                                                          snap Your Fingers.” The 11 Most                                                                                 Unnecessary ‘How To’ Guides of                                                                                  the Web.”  Feb.2009. www.                                                                                              cracked.com/article_17018_the                                                                                  11-most-unnecessary-how-to                                                                                      guides.

RayJudy and Maggie discuss their trip to Oklahoma to visit Maggie’s family.  They both looked forward to visiting relatives and having fun at the Jute joint owned by Maggie’s aunt.  Maggie went often and Judy was happy to visit there.

Maggie went often and Judy was pleased to be invited
fun at the juke joint

Biafra, Jello. “Feature: History of the Juke Joint.”   WordPress Blog post.  Rock and Roll Junkie.  June 2015. Web. 23 Nov. 2016

MaggieMy grandma’s stories will make you cry and laugh too.   Do you know why the slave was called a lazy coon in my family when they were slaves?

Picture of hookworms>>Walsh, Michael. “Hookworm.” Infection Landscapes. Other Infectious Diseases and Microbe sites. web. 13 Feb. 2012. Accessed Nov. 23, 2016. http://www.infectionlandscapes.org/2012/02/hookworm.html#uds-search-results

Maggie—According to the article about “Hookworms” caused the slave to be protein and iron deficient; not to mention the hard work involved working in the field all day.  

The slave did not wear shoes and this is where the slave most likely got the infections disease.  The slaves were not lazy since they worked in the field.  

And then had to take care of responsibilities upon return home from the field.

Judy— I agree.  I did not know about hookworms being responsible for the slave’s image of laziness that prevailed in the Civil War times. That is another research item for my students.

RayWhile staying with Maggie’s aunt Dot, Judy learned how to cook tripe .

Judy-–  What is it you are cooking?   Can I help?”                                                DotMmm.  No there isn’t anything to do here?  Do you like tripe?

JudyNot sure.  What is tripe?  How do you cook tripe?”

DotTripe is just the lining of a cow’s stomach.  I am cleaning it; prepare tripegetting rid of the fat.  After that, I will put it in the pot on the stove and simmer it for about 2 1/2 hours.  I am cooking it for my ‘no good husband’.  You can have some tripe too or you can eat the chicken saved from last night.

Image from Spain  Lastras, Javier.  “Tripe.”  Blogspot.  Flickr.  8 Jan. 2010. Accessed Nov. 23, 2016.  www.flickr.com/photos/jlastras/4259276417  

Judy–Well, this time, I will eat the chicken.  After eating we all took a short nap and then walked to the Jute joint.  It became quite lively later on in the evening but I loved listening and dancing to the soul music.  Everyone had fun.

The next few days, we talked with Maggie’s family.   Grandma talked about her slave days.

Ray—Friday morning, everyone got up early to go to the farm to chop cotton.  Judy and Maggie were asked to help with the work.

JudyOf course I would love to go, but I do not know how to pick cotton.

Maggie  Don’t worry about that.  I will give you a garden hoe and show you how to chop cotton.  We will start at 5:00 in the morning.  And  I’ll have a hat for you to wear, but make sure you put on your jeans.

Judy–  Soon we stopped beside the little track of a road, and I noticed there was no cotton that I could see.   Where is the cotton?  I asked in surprise.

Maggie“Oh I am sorry,  We are going to chop cotton.  It makes ithoe used for cotton so that there will be more room for all the cotton, I guess.

Now here we have your garden hoe that you can use.”    (I do not know where this picture came from but it was a free image.)


Ray–Judy was surprised.    After meeting the other friends of Maggie and finished loading the extra supplies to the farm house, it was time to chop cotton.

 Go and relax for awhile if you are tired of reading.  I hope you have enjoyed the play so far.  You may even want to check out my blogs or the pages to my website.  

My dad built a 47-foot cowboy This was in 1960 and  Levi Strauss provided the 501 original fit jeans. Please continue at your own pace and email me at  judy@findmejeans.com.  Would you like a postcard picture of the big cowboy?

Act 2–Judy’s time in the cotton field with Maggie in Oklahoma.   Levi Strauss & Co. integrate their factories and hire  Black Americans long before the Civil Rights Act on the 1960s.

MaggieWe are going to start on this side and go on down this row to the end. Let me show you how.”  

JudyThe rows seemed long to me but I was ready to start.

Wolcott, Marion Post, Photographer. “Bayou Bourbeau Plantation.”  Gallery by Christie. Library of Commerce.  circa 1940. accessed Nov. 24, 2016. https://www.flickr.com/photos/christie4679/galleries/72157623356053553/                

Judy– The plants and the weeds looked all the same.   Maggie  demonstrated the chopping of cotton for me once again.  I started on my row and looked down to the end.  

It did not seem that far.  I was going pretty fast, but the others were going a fairly fast too.  A little later, I started to slow down to an unsteady pace.  It was getting unbelievably wretched.

I was getting a more sweaty.  By the time we had reached the end of the row to go back, we all drank a lot of water first.

I thought it was a little too hot to continue, but everyone had started back down the row, and so did I.

About half way down, or so I thought, my face was starting to be copious with tears of sweat.  My vision was blurred and  I was dizzy and did not complain, but I did slow down a lot.

I had heard a person commenting that the day was a scorcher.  Today there was a new meaning for the word, scorcher.

I looked up and glanced down to the end of my row.   Hot snot!!   It was just too far!  Sweat was pouring down my face like heavy, angry rain.  I heard some people singing.  Can’t remember a note they sang now.

Maggie notice me stumbling and talking to myself.  She gave me a rag to wipe my face.   I looked around for a water jug, but apparently, no one had one.

Water, water, water was in my thoughts.  It was at the end of the line, or was it?   Was I in a green desert?

You can see in this picture how hard I was working.
woman sweating and drinking water   Averkamp, Stephanie. “What is Sweat Made Of?” Fitness for Weight Loss, copyright 2015.  Accessed Dec. 17, 2016

To make a long story short, I did not think I could have finished.  My back hurt because you had to chop hard to get the weeds dug out and the garden hoe I used was too short.

Besides that, it was just too hot to work.  Water, water. Water—I was slowing down and was way behind the others who were joking and zipping on down.  Someone noticed me and told Maggie. 

She said, “I was in low cotton” today and helped me to the truck that was parked in the shade.                                                                                         

I was glad.  When I got back, I took a long swig of water (and poured some on my face).  My T-Shirt was soaked.  When Maggie got back, we just took the truck on back to the farm house.  
Then we took her car home.   But first, she went to the house to thank the woman who had cooked some beans and rice.  She smiled so kindly.
Judy–“I am sorry I did not finish my row.”
Maggie–“That is okay.  You are not experienced in working in sweltering heat. They will work for a few more hours and will be stopping before it gets too hot.  Probably around noon.  {You got to be kidding, I thought) Everyone will take a nap, and leave early evening to work the fields again. They will stop when it gets too dark to see.”  
Judy– “What does it mean, ‘she’s living in low cotton’?”
Maggie-“It means that you are just having a bad day.”   
“in low cotton.” McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. 2002. The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. 8 Nov. 2016 http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/in+low+cotton

JudyI have thought about that morning several times in my life.   Yes!  I was living in low cotton.  But I wanted to go back someday to try picking cotton once again.  I felt a little sad knowing how the slaves must have felt like having to do the arduous work in the field all day without letup. How could anyone call a slave—lazy?
Yes!  I would have a lot to say to my students in my history class and to teach it in the direction where my students would get a better understanding on how the slave really must have felt by chopping and picking cotton.  
I had also learned how Levi Strauss, the maker of Levi 501 jeans, had his sewing factories integrated before the Civil Rights Act was in place.   The following is an account that happened in The Civil Rights Movement on the 1960’s.   It shows how Levi Strauss was one of the first to integrate his factories.
          Levi Strauss and Co.’s innovations in workplace 
          practices and social responsibility led the way to 
          corporate America throughout much of the 20th                                        century.  For example, the company’s commitment                                    to equal employment opportunities diversity                                               predated the U.S. Civil Rights movement of federally                                 mandated desegregation by two decades.  Levi                                         Strauss and Co. opened integrated factories in California                       in the 1940’s.     In 1960, to supply a growing need                                   for jeans,  the company expanded production to towns                             in the Southern United States.  As a precondition to                                   opening manufacturing plants, the company insisted                               that the workforce was to be integrated from day one,                             which flew in the face of established regional norms.                                 The company encountered fierce community resistance,                         but eventually provided and set an example for other                               employers to follow.   
Strauss, Levi & Co.  “Original for 150 years: Story of Levi                   Strauss.”  PRNews Release.  01 May 2003.  Accessed Dec. 1,           2016.
Judy–continues.  In researching Levi Strauss & Company, I learned their issues of desegregation, equal rights, sustainability, and other important social events were topics my student would find relevant and engrossing.  
Their example being first in many social awareness issues gives evidence that the icon, Levi Strauss, maker of the first 501 Levi jeans for men, is still, in spirit, with the same example of his business acuity, honesty, and hard work
He was generous with his charity and in fact. he was known for his philanthropy.   The Levi Strauss & Co has also donated lots of money to various charities with the real idea of helping.  
And when the history lesson comes to the turbulent times of the 1950’s and the 1960’s there will be a variety of research findings.  
Individuals and companies did their share of the issues of those nervous times and sometimes violent times.  But I know that my experience with chopping cotton and relating it to the slaves will perk up and magnify their interest.  
My students loved the 47-foot cowboy who Levi Strauss fitted with Levi jeans in 1960.  The next project will involve the production of the jeans from cotton fields to the distribution of the final product-Levi denim jeans.   
Picture owned by Angelica Paez.  Visit her on facebook and Ipernity.  You can see her works on Y Scrapatorium.   I am grateful for her generosity and loving concern for me.  Her artwork probably began as a young child, but she has been doing a particular style of art for twenty years.  I met her on a website called Ipernity.
This story/play is dedicated to Levi Strauss, Angelica Paez, and Tracey Panek of Levi Strauss & Co. from me, the writer, Judy Kingsberry.  My dad’s cowboy seen here on this page, the 47-foot cowboy.
49 foot cowboy statue

THE END OF STORY Of the Drama written by Judy.

Please leave any comments or questions here.  Judy feels everyone is important.  That is the reason my motto is, “Everyone has a Story.”  What is your story?   Are any of you familiar with chopping or picking cotton my hand?
If you had a company, what would your values be in the making of your product?  Please, I would like for you to give me feedback and critique about this story.   I would like to hear from all of you.
 Maybe you can share a few Southern expressions or idioms of your own.  Perhaps, you may have a story to tell too.  You are my readers and hopefully, by reading this play and the page, 501 jeans, you will understand my love for 501 Levi original fit jeans.
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Four ways to shrink your jeans

How to shrink your jeans in four easy ways. Try it; you may find them smaller before you know it!!

In the old days—the 1950’s my family washed cotton items but hung to clothes on a clothes line.  I learned that cotton denim does shrink to a certain degree.

You can find out how much by searching Google It is best to wait when you first buy your jeans until your new jeans get to know you.

Later you can make the decision to use these different ways to shrink your pair of Jeans if they are too large.  Just remember!

Jeans do not make you skinny

The spray and soak way—an easy way too.

Fill a spray bottle–any bottle will do if you can spray without dripping it all over the place.  The cork that held the bottle was too loose and I got a nice little shower.

“Use a fabric softener”, not one of the fabric sheets but the one with the liquid softener.      Put three parts water and one part of the liquid fabric softener.

This can be done with  the 501 Levi jeans or any jeans that are too large.

I like to use the dark Woolite for the dark jeans, but I have nothing to substantiate my opinions about the best fabric softener to use. Use your better judgment.

The three parts water and one part fabric softener go into one spray bottle and do a little dance to shake well.   But the directions are not quite over;  shake it, shake it well.  Of course with the top on.  

And just forget about adding detergent.  Okay?   We are talking about shrinking your jeans; not washing them. 

Spray the part of your jeans you want to shrink.  Then soak the area you want to shrink using your diluted fabric softener.

Two words–Spray and Soak.  Take your time.  I think of ‘soak’ as one would think of as a pair of diapers or sponge.  Really more than wet, right?

Spray lightly at first is to start it off.  Use your judgment here also.  If you need to shrink the area a lot in inches, you can always do it again.

It is like once, twice and three times a charm.  Please, make sure the entire part of the area is completely soaked. Wiki says the word, “douse”  the area.                                         shrinking belly

I like this way when the waist is not tight enough.  It has begun to stretch out way too much.  Spray the waistband in front and in back–all the way around in fact.

Careful now, we are still talking about the combined softener with the water solution. because this way is really helpful if the waistband has begun to stretch out.

Again, make sure the waist is completely soaked with the water and softener combination.   There is a reminder to go slowly to shrink the waist as much as you need; not more.

This way works with the top part of the jeans need to shrink a little too.

Now put, throw or pass your jeans in the dryer.  With my dryer, I have to go and turn it around on high periodically to keep it  on the highest setting possible.

I think it helps to know the workings of your dryer, but if you have to go to the laundry mat, their dryers usually stay hot for a longer time.  It is the way of the dryer.

“Remember to use the most intense settings possible.”                                                 dry in hot heat to shrinkThe high heat should cause the soaked jeans to shrink.    I was thinking waist but anywhere you have sprayed and soaked the area will need watching.  

Be serious–that is the way to be.  You must be sure to take out your jeans as soon as they are dry.    

Air drying will not work.   It is the wrong way.   I use the heat cycle.   I always thought air drying was the way to go on a beautiful breezy day.   What do you think?                                         

Repeat as needed.   If the area does not shrink as much as you would like in your judgment the way to do it is spray and soak the area again.

The short way to remember this is to spray, soak and apply more of your fabric softener solution and try and try again.

Combinations of words help me remember; spray, soak and apply/dry. ==================================================
The Way of the Bath             

That should do it.  If you do not like this way, the next way is to do the hot bathtub solution.  Aha, this is a way to do it and at the same time have a restful way.  

I like to read and reading in the bathtub even with your jeans should make your muscles relax and the jeans to shrink.

Here is what to do and if you like to soak in the bath tub, then this is the way to go.  It also is the one to use if you are not planning to go anywhere.

Why?  Because you want your dream jeans to dry while on your body and before you take them off.

  1. if you need your entire jeans to shrink.  Maybe read a little and drink some tea or coffee.  If you want to snack in the tub, be careful to get your jeans soaked.
  2. Fill the bathtub with very hot water; at least as hot as you can stand it.
  3. keep testing the water.  Just with brushing your hand through the water.   Too hot?  Well, you know what to do.  But when you do add some cool water, keep adjusting to see that it will be hot when you go in the tub.
  4. Carefully slide in the tub or stand in it and slide in slowly.  Remember it is hot.
  5. Stay in the bathtub for at least 20 minutes.  Keep adding some hot water if it gets too cold.   This might be a way to lose some weight. Ya think?
  6. When you get out of the bathtub, dry off just a little.   Enough so you do not ruin the carpet or slip on the floor.
  7. Go outside if it is a sunny day.   Sit on a plastic chair, not one of the cushion chairs.

When sitting or lying down, move around so that your jeans dry at the same time.

If you have to do it in the house.  Sit on a plastic chair or just walk around as little as possible.

If you have just the top part of your jeans to dry, try this next method.  Now it is more dangerous to get yourself burned, so pay attention to the directions.

Buy!  I think I will go and take a long bath now.  The little girl says after your jeans are dry.  “You look nice and the jeans look good on you.    sweet smiling girl





The Boiling Way

1.   Turn your jeans inside-out.  That is an expression all of us is familiar with when told you can not put your arm through your sleeve.  

Or, in this case, to turn your jeans inside-out.  Doing it this way with the jeans inside-out will prepare the jeans to soak correctly.      (accessed from the website  http://www,wikihow.com:  Creative-Commons August 13, 2016) 

This step is especially necessary if shrinking new jeans with a fairly dark wash.   If working with a pair of light wash jeans or an old pair of jeans that have already faded, you might not need to turn your jeans inside-out and can skip this step.  

But if you want to be completely sure turn the pair inside out.   

2.  Boil water 3/4 full in a large stockpot and get a pair of tongs to lift your jeans up and to lift the jeans in the boiling water.  

Fill the large stockpot of water halfway to three-quarters full of ordinary tap water.   Set it on the stove and bring it up to a full, rolling boil using high heat.

The pot needs to be full enough to immerse the jeans.                                                                                           cauldron-161102_640-1     

3,   “Dunk your jeans in the boiling water.   Use tongs to put the jeans in the boiling water.   Let them soak for 20 to 30 minutes as the water continues to boil.   Do not cover the stockpot as it continues to boil and soak your jeans.”      

Check periodically to make sure the fabric stays completely under water and if need be, push the jeans under the water from time to time using your tongs.   I keep repeating myself about the tongs but do not want anyone to get themselves burned  accidently.

4.   Dry your jeans in the dryer.   Common sense tells you that you need a large pan or some item to put the hot wet jeans to carry them to the dryer.

I have not had to use this way but am sure you can find a container to take the jeans to your dryer.

So the directions for this step:  Remove your jeans from the boiling water and take them to the dryer immediately.

Turn the dryer to the highest heat setting possible and dry your jeans completely.  Please do not dry too long.      

The intense heat of the dryer will further tighten the fibers already tightened by the hot bubbling hot water from the stockpot.

Make sure you use the tongs to handle the jeans since they will be very hot.  (When you get as old as I am you will repeat directions several times.  ugh! )  

Let me know how this turned out for you!   Any problems?  Email me at judy@findmejeans.com


The ironing way

Wash your jeans in hot water either by your washing machine or by boiling them.
Using your washing machine will allow you wash your jeans as you shrink them while boiling your jeans is faster.      http://www,wikihow.com:  Creative-Commons August 13, 2016) 

The boiling method is also slightly more flexible.   If you wanted to shrink just a portion of your jeans, like the waistband or your legs, you could put under only that part into the boiling water.  

Hold in place using the tongs.          

If using the washing machine method, add detergent as usual with a little liquid fabric softener.  Dark Woolite is good for dark jeans in my opinion.                                                                 wash-268090_640Make sure the water is hot for either method.      
Put your jeans into the dryer and dry them until they are damp, but not soaked.   Set the dryer on the highest heat setting.

This is especially important if you used the boiling water or if the washing machine did not put your jeans through the spin cycle.            

Your jeans must be still wet, but not dripping wet.  You could spin them in the washing machine until dry enough to put in the dryer. Spin a little; not let it rain.

Iron the jeans until dry.   Place you damp jeans on the ironing board and iron your jeans until dry.   Use a moderate heating setting.

This may not shrink the jeans as much as the other ways Wiki how described but it can be effective if you only need a slight adjustment.”    http://www,wikihow.com:  Creative-Commons August 13, 2016)  

 My favorite way is shown here.   I will give you advice on the Product Review from the page above in order to share and avoid a negative result with hanging  jeans on the clothesline or with any other possible ones. 501 Levi jeans are an investment in good fashion.

jeans drying on a clothesline

How to wash jeans


  • READ LABEL FOR CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS for your 501 Levi Denim jeans and for tall and big, original and regular sizes.
  • The number one recommendations are to never wash your jeans or else wash then every 6 months.  (It all depends on the type of exposure you have when wearing your jeans.
  • If for example, you work outside in yard work, then probably you will need to wash your jeans.  I say to have an old pair to do this kind of work and have other pairs for extended wear.
  • Use common sense.  If you get frustrated or whatever, contact me by email with the comment box.   Various methods are added in the posts concerning the care of your jeans.)
To wash your jeans, turn jeans inside out.  ( Wash only dark jeans with other dark jeans, but wash just a few together.
This is not the case with lighter colors because dark colors will more than likely fade on other light colored jeans.)

Well here is my advice using other website and experience using common sense.

Use detergent made specifically for washing jeans or a color protection detergent.  (For dark jeans, I recommend Woolite Dark for washing jeans.  (not talking about the softener.)  There are others you may want to use, but be careful and read the label

You do not need a lot of laundry soap.  It all depends on how dirty your jeans are, and the more you use, the longer the rinse cycle.  

This is advice that is useful for sheets, for example, if you wash them often.  I use less that what the label says because I clean them often and they are not that dirty. 

  •           Select the coldest gentle cycle to wash.  (Hot water fades the jeans and also they will shrink to a certain degree.)  
  •           Wash on gentle cycle for a couple of minutes.  May move the jeans with your hands also.  Then rinse and spin to wring out excess water.  
This is the premise to not clean your jeans often in the washing machine.

 But like I said, if they are very dirty, then I would probably wash the jeans in a short warm cycle.

  •           Hang jeans on a line in your home in a shaded area; perhaps near a window until dry.
  •           If the outside is cool, hang your jeans on a clothesline.   Or if warm outside, do not leave your jeans too long.  Allow them to drip- dry for 1 or 2 hours.  Put the damp jeans on the line in your home.
  •          REMEMBER Wait for the sun to go down  (one or two hoursjeans getting dry on a clothes line before sunset) to hang jeans on a clothesline under a tree for a cool shade.  
  •           If this is not possible, then hang jeans on a clothesline in the shaded area in your home until the jeans are completely dry.        
  •           Fold jeans and put them on a shelf or drawer with enough space to accommodate them.

That’s all folks.  I just want to make one point.  If you do want to put your jeans in the dryer, you can take them out at any point, but do not completely dry them, because they will wrinkle and possible shrink just a little.  Just use common sense.

Like the rest of the post, I have my email and a comment box.  I put these there so I can get some feedback.  Oh yes, you can find my website by searching:  Judy Kingsberry/finemejeans.

There is a song that goes like this.

Find me jeans.   Who wants the jeans?   Me. I want the jeans,  so find me jeans.   Who wants the jeans?   Me. I want the jeans,  so find me jeans.  Silly you.  Why are jeans so silly?   Well silly, find me jeans too.   Who finds them?  I just asked you to the find me jeans.   Who wants the jeans?   Me. I want the jeans, so find me jeans.  Silly you.  Why are jeans so silly?   Well, silly, find me jeans too.   Who finds them?

{Now this could go on and on, but if someone asks you to find them jeans.  Well, 501 Levi jeans for men is my website, but to buy them comes from Amazon.  Silly me!  Click the link, if only you want to check the jeans.}

501 Levi jeans page will show you about the styles of the original and regular jeans.  For big and tall men and average size men too.  The styles and sizes and measurements are on the pages above in accessories.

It is not silly to click on Product Review and get connected to what Levis accessories are provided you too before you buy.  Now I am not so silly, old but not silly.  Remember visitors, “Everyone has a Story.”

My email is judy@findmejeans.com  I really would like to hear how you wash your jeans.   Do you think the plan above is realistic for you?  Have you been cleaning your jeans this way?  Do you have other suggestions?

Do you think the plan of above is realistic for you?  Have you been cleaning your jeans this way?  Do you have other suggestions?   Is there a certain product you especially like?

Judy, owner of the website, finemejeans.com  I think you can find my website by searching,  Judy Kingsberry’s findmjeans.com

My web title is 501 Levi jeans for men-tall and big, original & regular Try searching on my title and if it doesn’t give you my website, the the above information will work.  Judy Kingsberry”s  findmejeans.com  or just finemejeans.com .

Thanks, I hope we will have a chance to talk again.

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