Chaotic Boot Place; Extraordinary Mates

February 8th, 2012
Barrys Boots by CooperTeaMaster
Barrys Boots, a photo by CooperTeaMaster on Flickr.

Years ago I read a book called “Makes of Distinction”. The book dealt with those skilled in the arts of hand making expensive things. Such as shoes ..Lobbs of London or Berlutti of Paris. Or hats …Lockes of London was a name I remember and I suppose it is now Prada of Rome? Anyway to this list of august makers of distinction we can add the name “Rocky of Houston”.

Rocky is a bootmaker.

Rocky & Me

Not an ordinary boot maker but a cowboy-boot maker who has crafted boots for a long line of Presidents. Presidents Reagan, Clinton, and both Bushes have all had their cowboy boots made by Rocky. Rocky has flown on Air force One and attended a number of Presidential inaugurations as a guest of Bush Sr. and then Bush Jr.

On every occasion a President asked for a boot to be made Rocky would make a duplicate and here I am holding the duplicate made of Bush Juniors second term and you and clearly see the Presidential seal on the front of the boot. Rockys place is chaotic. Actually that is not a fair description. It is beyond chaotic, it is boot mayhem! But you don’t go to Rockys by accident, you have to know someone who can introduce you. My old rugby days in Texas produced many long lasting friendships and it only took one phone call to an old friend to lead me to Rockys place. To own a pair of Rockys boots is to stand tall.

I have ordered a pair…

A Delectable Treat

November 14th, 2011

I have received comments that my blogs are being missed….!  Well thank you kind readers…we shall resume, perhaps not as frequently as before but certainly more often than the last 6/ 9 months….!

So where to start?  In my world TASTE is EVERYTHING.  I make my living by tasting, and tea tasting is a passion for me, and the sensory joy of flavors and aromas literally “make my day”.

Thus I resume my blog with this extraordinary taste sensation. It was prepared in Naples, it was delicious, savory, aromatic, chewy yet fresh, laden with goodness and at this point I am beginning to feel hungry just describing the emotions I experienced consuming this dish.


You at least dear reader can enjoy the picture!!!!

A Delectable Treat by CooperTeaMaster
A Delectable Treat, a photo by CooperTeaMaster on Flickr.

Miami Luggage

May 8th, 2009

Passing through Miami airport I spied the Lemming like rush to wrap suitcases in blue plastic prior to check in. This is something that baffles me slightly, is it to protect the suitcase or perhaps the contents?  It surely makes it difficult to indentify your bags if every bag on the flight is wrapped up in the blue plastic as this flight appears to be.  Maybe I have a jaundiced view of things…maybe the passengers just like blue plastic wrapping.

Florida Sun Set

May 6th, 2009

Another day sinks below the horizon…

Boat Owl

May 6th, 2009

I am down in Florida.  I thought the tactic of hanging an owl on your boat to keep out seagulls was pretty clever.  The sunset wasn’t bad either…..

A Strangled Tree

February 24th, 2009

More unusual sights from the mangrove swamps.  A root has totally engulfed a tree and strangled it to death…this must have taken a long, long time to accomplish. Those are thick roots…but with the tree dead, I presume it will soon tumble over and then what happens to the root?  Does it go off looking for another tree to strangle?

Mangrove Swamp

February 22nd, 2009

Back down to Florida, making my way back to St. Croix. I took the chance to see some of “old Florida”. This used to be sold as “two acres of fine water front property”, until the Feds cracked down on Florida land schemes.  It’s actually a mangrove swamp….and magnificent in its own way.  It protects the inland from tidal surges and you cut this down at your own peril…I just loved the tangle of it all.

Florida Sunsets

January 15th, 2009

There may be many disadvantages to living in parts of Florida, but there are also some moments when it is definitely the place to be.  Like waking up to a snow covered garden, a Florida sunset can give you pause to consider the beauty that can sneak up on you when you are not looking.


January 11th, 2009

Speaking of hurricanes…this is what I mean!  These palms were simply tossed over and ripped asunder by the winds and waves…because the island is not inhabited (apart from one lone park ranger) they lay where they fell. A testament to the power that mother nature can exert when she chooses.


December 12th, 2008

At the same time I was visiting there was a bike rally taking place in downtown Galveston.  It was for the benefit of the hurricane victims.  I saw a LOT of folks in black leather.  It is an interesting culture, and noise seems to be a very important part of defining who you are as a biker.  They rev the bikes up until the engines are screaming and your ears hurt.  The intent is to make sure you look at who is creating the noise I think.  Some of the bikes had amazing paint jobs, and had to be worth tens of thousands of dollars.  My ears were able to take about 30 minutes before accepting defeat and getting out of earshot.