# Carhartt's Law?

Bert Bates
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A good friend recently gave me a nice Carhartt jacket. "Cool!", I thought to myself, "this will be perfect for the stable". Alas, it's too darned nice for the stable! Oh, I took it out there, but as soon as we got to the stable I took it off and reverted to my old, crusty stable jacket. For now, my new Carhartt will be my fancy "going out" jacket...

So the question is, at what point does your new jacket (in this case the Carhartt), become the stable jacket? I think it's a function of (at least):

- total jacket inventory
- wear and tear on the jacket to be demoted
- location of said jacket in the inventory list (sorted by wear and tear first, age second?)
- decrepitness of the current stable jacket

I suppose I should have a mathematical font at my disposal so that I can come up with some formula for "Carhartt's Law".

Does this law apply the same way to pants, and tennis shoes? Does it matter if "stable" is replaced with "garage workshop"?

Mark Spritzler
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Bert Bates wrote:A good friend recently gave me a nice Carhartt jacket. "Cool!", I thought to myself, "this will be perfect for the stable". Alas, it's too darned nice for the stable! Oh, I took it out there, but as soon as we got to the stable I took it off and reverted to my old, crusty stable jacket. For now, my new Carhartt will be my fancy "going out" jacket...

So the question is, at what point does your new jacket (in this case the Carhartt), become the stable jacket? I think it's a function of (at least):

- total jacket inventory
- wear and tear on the jacket to be demoted
- location of said jacket in the inventory list (sorted by wear and tear first, age second?)
- decrepitness of the current stable jacket

I suppose I should have a mathematical font at my disposal so that I can come up with some formula for "Carhartt's Law".

Does this law apply the same way to pants, and tennis shoes? Does it matter if "stable" is replaced with "garage workshop"?

No, it doesn't matter, when a piece of clothing goes through the stages of wear and tear, they get delegated to different occasions and locations. Rags were once evening wear.

Mark

Bear Bibeault
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Heh. When I saw the post title, I wondered if it was going to be about work clothes that are too nice to be worn as work clothes.