Jay Peters

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since Mar 20, 2013
Montreal, QC mostly. Developing in Southern New Brunswick, Canada.
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Huzzah! Successfully 'rented' ..took all of 30 seconds on shitty hotel wifi + the time to remember and type my passwords.
2 years ago
hi hi,

not sure this really fits your mandate BUT the classic LL Bean bean boots are killer. I have a pair lined with shearling and I put in a felt insole keeping me warm beyond -20 C. They are my winter boots, not so mid-seasony but the unlined variety could be. I would certainly wear these to do all the things you're talking about..haven't paired them with a dress yet mind you


Guaranteed Forever:
no questions asked. They are still honouring this as of a couple years ago though I haven't had to do so yet...in 5 years...2 years ago a friend found a pair in his parents basement and the leather uppers were dried out and cracked. He mailed them back and they replaced the uppers completely at no cost (shipping one way I believe)

As I said above, I've had mine 5 years and they're still doing great with semi regular maintenance really just Dubbin and occasionally some vinegar mixed with water to get out the salt...and that's on some of the most recklessly/heavily salted city streets of North America as a pedestrian.

Water proof:
OK so the lower is molded rubber up to the ankle and the leather upper is lace up. I regularly step in slush puddles that go above the rubber line (with abandon some might say..) and have never got wet feet as a result.

Made in USA not all bean products are, but these are - even though its not easy to track the components of the boot, this is in itself a plus to me..knowing that someone is making a living wage to manufacture things I buy is important to me. There's also this : http://www.llbean.com/customerService/aboutLLBean/sourcing_and_labor_rights.html

$$$: very decently priced if you are paid in USD. I'm not, so it hurts a bit, but made in canada is even harder to find (new, though I've found some great like new used workboots made in Quebec in likely the 70's...)


LOOK: not everyone's style for sure...

SOLE/GRIP: the sole can be slippery after 5 years...I have a very intense wear pattern on the soles of my shoes though..basically most of my weight is concentrated in the centre of the ball of my foot and so that spot has worn to the point of looking like a bald tire but like a tire, these boots spend lots of time on pavement. Its most problematic on ice and shiny wet floors.

EDIT: I fully expect to have these boots for the rest of my life.

hope that helps!


2 years ago

This should probably be posted in a regional forum, but I just found this great CBC doc with Michael Pollen talking about his research on healthy eating. Its pretty great! Unfortunately its only viewable in Canada for now. Maybe it broadcasts on another network in the US?

The series is called 'The Passionate Eye', a long running documentary series produced by the CBC. The title of the Documentary 'In Defense of Food'. Not sure if CBC produced this episode or just co produced it.



2 years ago
you might try reporting the account - I'm not sure anything will come of it but it could end in the account being terminated, and the handle being awarded to youz.

although I doubt the intentions of the creator of said account were malicious the following (copied from the report violations page) could serve to have the account shut down.
Unauthorized trademark use
Unauthorized use of copyrighted materials
Impersonation of an individual or brand

the details.

Adam - I just came back to this thread to post and it turns out you beat me to it by about a year! Strong Kombucha is great for dandruff, and other things it turns out. Since adding to this thread 2 years ago I've gone fully product-less (about a year and a half) ; that is no poo, no conditioner, no styling product...though I would consider use and oil/beeswax based styling wax if I DIY'd it...been thinking of it, just haven't gotten around to that yet because it turns out it isn't very important to me! Also, my hair has just enough natural oil to stay pretty well in place, look good, and feel soft (the GF loves it).

Anywayyy... A few months ago...I'll guess 6, I accidentally let a batch of Kombucha go for about 16-18 days before bottling. I now (cheekily) refer to this product as 'Medicinal Strength Kombucha' and on top of using it on my hair and scalp I also use it topically on other areas of of my skin that are acting up (basically flaking, as one of my eyebrows sometimes does, and inside the folds(?) of my ears)...it does wonders in conjunction with a bit of coconut oil. This combo as a skin treatment for what dermatologists blanket label dermatitis or eczema works much better than any over the counter moisturizer or prescription cortisone cream IMHO which all seem to just make the flakes sticky and oily as opposed to keeping them in check...not to mention it pretty much all contains creepy stuff. My GF's homemade moisturizer works, but this 1-2 punch works better.

I find this strong Kombucha product, watered down (1 to 2 parts water, 1 part Kombucha or sometimes full strength, depending) with a drop or two of some essential oils (clove and bergamot, or rosewood) per litre is far easier on my scalp than ACV was. As much as ACV is great (the non pasteurized organic stuff...the heinz stuff is like paint thinner) I think repeated use stripped oils from my hair and scalp and help to cause dry scalp, often mistaken for dandruff, requiring me to use it basically everyday and oil my hair slightly after each use. Now with the Kombucha my hair is softer and my scalp stays flake free pretty much all the time plus I don't need to regularly oil it.

Even with this method I did experience a flare up at the onset of winter this year and expect the same for Spring. Swing seasons in Eastern Canada are damp. When this happens I take an evening I won't be heading anywhere and massage coconut oil into my scalp, sleep on it, and rinse with ACV or full strength Medicinal 'Bucha. My hair will be a bit oily for a couple days but its worth it. Problem was solved in one application/rinse this year and Winter thus far has been breezy and flake free; very rare for me given I often grab a shower and don't have time to dry my hair before the tuque goes on to leave the house. A hair dryer, as much as I dislike it, can also help on the cool setting but can dry you out too. I believe damp is an ally to dandruff.

Finally, something else I've observed over the past 12 months - Hot showers destroy my skin. This includes, and is most noticeable on the scalp. I haven't run anything beyond lukewarm water over my head in 8 ish months and it is amazing the difference it makes. Again, I still think that the Kombucha is part of the equation being more gentle than ACV but the no hot water rule is I believe what is saving me through 'hat season'.

So there you have it..I've converted! After years of using ACV I've moved on and believe to be in a better place than I have been in years with respect to this issue. Also, Kombucha is MUCH cheaper. Saving the ACV for treating colds, sore throats etc. and for cooking will probably saved me close to 60$/ year at current Organic Unpasteurized ACV prices in the city.

to sum up : ACV works, but Bucha seems to work better in my experience. Dry scalp is often mistaken for dandruff and can, and as in my case come as a result of treating it. Avoid Hot water, steam rooms, and commercial hair products to keep from drying your scalp out.


3 years ago

As usual thanks for the epic post! I'm familiar with a lot of those threads already and once my dad is back on the continent we'll have a chat and maybe get some pictures of the situation to see if we can diagnose where the breakdown of the old deck began and move forward from there.

Thanks, and more soonish I hope!
3 years ago
Thanks again Chad,

Unfortunately I'm unable to say the exact nature of the rot since I'm not there and the folks are now away for a bit. I wish I could get a look at it to see where exactly the rot took place but won't know that for a couple weeks when they get back. In terms of the concrete posts they were poured 15 years ago and are standing strong so I don't see much use in not using them this time around, even if they aren't what you or I would choose if this were a project starting from scratch. I honestly am not sure if he laid the beams directly on the post or not, but I seem to remember him using large shims (chunks of framing) attached to the beams between them and the concrete piers/posts. I think the intention would have been that as they rot, they would be able to be replaced. I definitely like the idea of using a bit of borax to help slow the fungal invasion and rot. Maybe the rot began where the concrete met the shim meet and migrated? Is that a thing?

To be clear this is not about natural building vs. conventional building, or aesthetics, its about trying to learn about the best natural local materials and practices for creating a lasting structure in the climate and trying to understand what the realistic longevity of such a structure should be. Honestly the previous structure was pretty 'natural' in that it was locally sourced untreated material...even if it was surrounding a pool. I'm trying to convince someone to go the more natural route, but I need to understand how the available materials and designs compare t one another and what I can expect from them in terms of longevity.

Still no luck after following through with some of the links finding anyone who sells black locust in the area, again I have my doubts seeing as no one seems to even know about it, and I've literally never seen it growing in the province. There is a nursery that sells a curly black locust as an ornamental, but that's all I've found. Oak is a possible option but seems a bit excessive price and strength wise for something that is only supposedly as rot resistant as the eastern (aka northern) white cedar that was initially used. Non of the other options noted of exceptional or even moderate rot resistance are very available here. I've also found no references to there being a lumber hybrid of eastern white cedar after doing a quick search. It grows all over the place in NB (my land has a good lot of it) and the only hybrids I've been able to learn about are a small but fast growing variety used in landscaping. I highly doubt the decking used previously was cut from a hybrid.

So - maybe I should shift my questions a bit and get a bit more specific....Let's assume that I have only something such as Eastern (northern) White Cedar, which is widely understood as being the most rot and pest resistant lumber available locally. If your not using pressure treated, your using cedar. SO in that case...

What are best design practices for building a deck with longevity in mind using eastern white cedar?

we've covered making sure there is some kind of stand-off between the concrete post and the beams.

possibly leaving a gap between the decking of at least 1/8" to make sure it drains properly.

what about a borax treatment 10 years in?

is there some kind of non-toxic oil, stain, or seal that could help the situation?

What could one honestly expect to get out of a deck constructed using these practices and materials?

For all I know 15 years is a reasonable lifespan for a deck of this kind in this climate..anybody have experience in this space?

3 years ago