hat a week! You'd think by this point in my career I'd be used to it. But every time we have a Monday holiday, I find myself dreading the resultant four day workweek. It seems that inevitably a full five days worth of labor still have to be accomplished. Which is why I should have known better in saying yes to the focus group recruiter. On top of a short week, I had also agreed to an hour's worth of online questions for three straight days. Certainly the money they offered was sufficient incentive for me to talk at length about my studio hardware and software needs. But as you probably have figured out, I make my living sitting in front of a computer, I stay in touch with family and friends in front of a computer, I blog about my favorite shoes every single day in front of a computer. Believe it or not, I do actually like to stand up and walk away and go do something else every once in awhile. Today was day three, and I think I replied with as much depth, wisdom, and insight as I could muster. I will admit to getting a bit snippy when questions surrounding the decision making process for upgrading my equipment. I tried to point out gently that I had been downsized and that there was a recession raging in my part of the world (i. e., the surface of the planet) so I've been more focused on making ends meet than planning how best to spend an extra one or two thousand dollars. So as I lay here on the sofa with my cat at my feet readying this post, I have to say I feel a bit spent. T. G. I. F., indeed. And believe me, I'd spell it out in "Clogvetica" or whatever my drop caps should be called...if I had an "F" prepared. But no. I've only enough energy to post a few "guy" related observations and then sign off for the day. At least I can end with a hopeful note. The proper sequence of neurons finally fired in my brain, and I've realized I can probably cut down on the number of typos in my posts if I'd just click the Check Spelling icon at the top of my blogging software. Well, duh. After seeing a misspelling in yesterday's post—and after having proofread the text at that—I realized I needed a better solution. Happily I found one right under my nose. And just above my typing fingers. Here's to an eeror free future!
I did that on purpose.
Bob the Clogvert adds a new pair!
We met my friend and former co-worker Bob the Clogvert a couple of times in 2011. He initially took the plunge and treated himself to a pair of Sanita clogs back in May. Two pair, actually. A wood soled open back pair and a closed heel polyurethane pair. And according to what he told me, he really gave both styles a workout in the past eight months. Bob rides his bike a lot of places he needs to go in the Chicago area, and on a recent trip to the suburbs for a recording session, one of his open back clogs slipped out of his backpack and became part of the urban landscape. Dismayed, but undeterred by his loss, our nascent clog fan proved his loyalty by immediately shopping for a replacement pair at Clog Outlet. And he found just what he wanted. Brown oiled leather. Wood sole. Style name "Chrissy" (well, that can't be helped). For just 32 bucks. Well done, dude!
Of course, as I warned this clogvert back in May,
Careful, Bob. It's a slippery slope. Once you start enjoying clogs, it can be hard to draw the line. Dressier clogs for slacks. More casual clogs for jeans. Ankle high clog boots for when the snow starts to fly. Pretty soon you'll have a closet overflowing with shoes just like mine.
Still, the Tire is a unique wood soled shoe. And what's more, if I read the website right, you can select the style in any of the other colors Cydwoq offers.
The Tire-M is available in men's sizes from 7 to 16. And if you gals are interested, the Tire-W is a variation on the theme that's available in women's sizes 5 to 12.
Double Strap Low Lace Up clog boot from Swedish Hasbeens
I saw 'em when they first went on the SH website. I coveted them for months on end. And then at the beginning of 2012, the thoughtful folks at Hasbeens HQ put all their stock on sale. And that's when I pounced. With both feet. And I've hardly worn anything else since they arrived. So I thought I'd share a few fresh photos. You'll find a pair of your own right here on their website. Available in sizes from 35 to 45. Guys, they do have you covered.
A Piperlime ad campaign that I missed
And a big thank you for regular reader T Scott for bringing it to my attention. It apparently ran back in March of 2011 because that the date of the magazine where he spotted it, and my subsequent research turned it up on websites from that period. Thankfully penelope blue captured the whole thing for us to enjoy months later.
I love the call to arms Piperlime came up with:
But what really made me smile was the series of photo ads they published:
Um, I beg your pardon?
Sighted on The Refrigerator Doors of Unrelenting Wisdom