My story, please read this!

Okay I don’t know if you have read all of my posts or not. But I am telling you a story which is significant to me. Hope you can spend your time to read this. Please bear with my bad grammar even though I have been learning English for my whole life.

So back in 2005 or 2004, I was 15/14 years old. I was lucky enough to have my own desktop with unlimited access since I was (kind of) the only son because my brother went to study aboard. So I wasted my whole year to create a group on msn called “長靴俱樂部” (in english, Boots Club). For real, this is the only internet group for bootmen in Hong Kong. And I was the founder. I did not even have a single pair of boots back then. But I was knowledged enough to con every single adult man to believe I am really a bootboy who owns pairs of boots. I got most of my knowledge from hotboots.com and stompersboots.com. I already knew about Wesco boots, Chippewa boots, Frank Thomas – the former manufacturer of Hong Kong cop boots, dr.martens boots, underground boots.

At the best time of the group, I had over 3,000 male members or more than that, actually I don’t even remember. Our signup was moderated, because there was a lot of guys wanted to join in. Everyone believed me I have a lot of pairs of boots, which it was and it is pretty rare in Hong Kong. At one time, I felt that this was the chinese verison of “Boots on line” where bootmen can just talk about boots. I created a forum for people to discuss about where to get the Hong Kong motorcycle cop boots. I created a forum for people just to talk about boots. I created my own photo album contains my boot collection which I just pull all the photos from the internet.

I admit the success of this group was not because of me. I was just a kid who went to boot sites everyday and knew something about designing and image editing. I was just a kid who created an area where hong kong bootmen can share their common interests. The real success is from the real bootmen in my group. They posted their real pictures of hong kong motorcycle cop boots and their boots videos.

The downfall of the group is because I had to focus on study and I moved to United States. Basically, I forgot the whole idea about keeping the photos and the videos we created and we had. Even though, MSN was closing the entire service “MSN groups” on February 21, 2009. I did not have a single thought of storing them. Now I thought back, I actually could store everything as backup to create a new group, but I did not. I am regret about it now. The only things I have now of this group was ever existed are a video of one of the member putting on his Dr.martens 20 holes boots, and an notification email from one of the member posted something to our forum.

I could have save the data by merging all the information me and my members created by migrating to the social website, Multiply.com. And the true story is I just know that after I look it up on Wikipedia two minutes ago.

And here is one of their video he posted.

I have been looking for this video for so long. And I did not back it up to a safer space. This video means a lot to me. Even the quality is not as good as before.

Internet

Internet. For me, it is a world of boots. I had a msn group call 長靴俱樂部. boot.hk.st I created this group and pretended to all group members that I had a lot of pairs of boots. I made friends with them. but they never know I am just a kid who is only 14 years old. But at that time, I already know a lot of thing about boots. I know Wesco makes the best engineer boots, Dehner makes the best motorcycle cop boots. Cant believe I did that, and this makes me think I am born to become a bootman. I spent time to make the best logo and they believe I am so random guy who happen to love boots like they do.

I like to look around and look for stores that sell men’s boots.

Most of diaries that about boots I wrote are about how I walked around in the city and look for stores that sell men’ s boots.

They are in Chinese. And I dont know should I rewrite in English. But here are they. I wrote them when I was age of 14.

2004/8/5
看到一對最高筒的水靴,價錢HK$240
南角道 夾 衙前圍道

2004/8/10 荷里活廣場長靴店舖觀察
撘7巴士
荷里活廣場冇咩長靴店舖,但發現Mirabell有好多靴,如Cat,Timberland

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Rubber boots influence…

I always think the men wearing knee high black rubber boots are so handsome. I like to look at men wearing them in daily basis to work. I started to look at the windows around 5:30 pm. There was a construction site across from our home. I could just see a lot of men wearing rubber boots when mud all over the shaft. They are so hot! I think. So everyday around 5:30 pm, while they are changing clothes and go home, I will tell my mum that my eyes need to rest and I want to look down the street. And where he is, he was taking off his tall rubber boots after a long day of work. I really like that feeling, your feet got toasted from wearing boots. This is just the hottest thing in the world. I saw them holding his boots and put them next to the site. So everyday I passed by, I will look for his boots or look at him wearing his boots.

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My first pair of rubber boots

My first pair of rubber boots that I bought for myself is a pair of black rubber boots. They were mid-calf high. The rubber had a weird smell. I bought them from the shoe store closed to my home in Hong Kong. At the date of June 21, 2004. I told the saleswoman that I need a pair of rubber boots for a field trip. I bought them without telling my mum. I thought I could hide it by wearing them under my desk when I was study. I put them in one of the shoeboxes under my desk. I thought my parents wont see I was wearing them. However, my mum could just see that I was wearing them but she just pretended she saw nothing. Thinking back, I really wanted to tell mum how I love them and I should not choose to not telling them. The next day, my mum was happened to have a day off and she was organizing the shoeboxes under my desk and she found out I bought a pair of rubber boots.

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