harringtons jacket

i’m ready to break, you’re ready to bend

for @eggo-my-leggo, thanks for motivating me ely :)

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tw: implied/referenced child abuse

Steve walked down the road quickly.  His eyes were burning, but he wasn’t sure how much of that was from the cold.  It was freezing, and he tucked his hands under his armpits before the fell off.  Winter in Indiana was always shitty, but in the evening it was even worse.

“Why the hell couldn’t you have grabbed your jacket, Harrington?” he muttered angrily at himself under his breath.

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NANCY WHEELER & JONATHAN BYERS The movies don’t warn you about this: The woods will forget, but you won’t. In the hallways, you’ll both flinch at the sound of a locker door slamming like the howling November wind ( and teeth and teeth and teeth ). Your eyes will meet over your camera and Steve Harrington’s letterman jacket, and you’ll both smile sheepishly as if you haven’t shared the same nightmare every night for the past two weeks, the scars on your palms like aching tattoos.

The movies don’t warn you about this: Neither of you know what to do with the love that came without a chance to grow. Will Byers is home, but the monsters still live under the bed, in her eyes. You make it a habit, meeting up at the library to talk about cryptids until midnight, drawing maps and almost touching in the worst kind of way. Every Saturday, you make a plan to get in your car, go and never look back with the bear traps in the backseat. Every Saturday, you make it to the second stop sign down Mayberry before you both exhale and turn back home.

The movies don’t warn you about this: You should have never spent that first night in her bed, for now your sleep can’t get acquainted to anything else. You and Steve are friends now, in the loosest sense of the word, but you’re not sure if he’d be too jazzed about you sleeping in his girlfriend’s bed every night. You say things like, we’re protecting each other and they can’t get us here when she wakes up screaming Barbara’s name and her skin feels like gunmetal.

One night, your hand slips from her knee, and she lets it, both of you breathing hard and staring even, asking for permission. Both of you already saying no. ( You learn how to sleep alone after that. )

The movies don’t warn you about this: Getting the girl and ending up with the girl are not necessarily the same thing after all.

Jackets sign three to two-year contract extensions
The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed center Lukas Sedlak, defenseman Scott Harrington and left wing Markus Hannikainen to two-year contract extensions through the 2018-19 National Hockey League season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Spirit of ‘69

The phrase Spirit of '69 is used by traditional skinheads to commemorate what they identify as the skinhead subculture’s heyday in 1969. The phrase was popularized by a group of Scottish skinheads called the Glasgow Spy Kids.

A skinhead history book entitled Spirit of 69: A Skinhead Bible was written by George Marshall, a skinhead from Glasgow, in the early 1990s. Marshall documents the origins and development of the skinhead subculture, describing elements such as music, dress, and politics in an attempt to refute many popular perceptions about skinheads; the most common being that they are all racists.

Because of their appreciation of music played by black people, they tend to be non-racist, unlike the white power skinheads. Trojan skinheads usually dress in a typical 1960s skinhead style, which includes items such as: button-down Ben Sherman shirts, Fred Perry polo shirts, braces, fitted suits, cardigans, tank tops, Harrington jackets and Crombie-style overcoats. Hair is generally between a 2 and 4 grade clip-guard (short, but not bald), in contrast to the shorter-haired punk-influenced Oi! skins of the 1980s. The phrase “Spirit of '69” was not merely “popularized” or “coined” by, but originated from the Glasgow Spy Kids in the mid 80’s. And in particular, Ewan Kelly, who designed the tattoo which bore the phrase.

Many of the original core members were previously mods who progressed to skinhead in much the same way as happened only 16/17 years earlier, and chose to maintain the original skinhead ethos in direct defiance of the right-wing supporting “boneheads” prevalent at that time.
The author of “Spirit of '69”, George Marshall would, I’ve no doubt, confirm that he arrived on the Glasgow scene a couple of years after the Spy Kids were formed and began attending the 60’s soul/ska/reggae dances which were regularly organised and well-attended by the Glasgow skinhead/mod/scooterist fraternity, and that he “borrowed” the phrase from the Spy Kids’ tattoo for the title of his hitherto unwritten bible.