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The official version of the shoe story
Let's go back to around 1990, when I was in the midst grade school. Michael Jordan and the Bulls were rocking. Girls were wearing stirrup pants. Jean jackets were in. Hair metal was petering out but Grunge hadn't hit yet. I was living in Milford, Ohio, which was a suburb where upper-middle-class urban professionals and lower-class workers mingled...
It's not hard to knock out all communications to an area, I guess
So this morning, I was wondering why my cellphone was acting a little funny. It turns out that somebody got into a fiber optic cable vault and cut four very important fiber lines that contain a lion's share of the network connectivity over the bay area.
On things changing without me really recognizing it
It's actually fairly weird to be in the shape I'm in. See, I'm still pudgy in spots. I don't look like a fighter jet made of biceps. But I can ride for miles and miles and I can get myself going fast.
When does a habit become lifelong?
I know what's going to happen if I stop. The fattest I've ever been was the winter after my bike got stolen. I felt horribly meh that winter...
Peter Pan syndrome and casual shoes
or... how I''m mentally preparing myself for the trip to the shoe store, because I have to.
It's actually hard for me to boycot big companies these days...
Remember the whole Michael Phelps thing, where Kellogg dropped his mug from Wheaties because he got photographed smoking pot? You know how everybody went all gonzo on boycotting Kellogg for dropping a man for a "victimless crime"? Well, I kinda wanted to counter-boycott them by eating more Kellogg products, just because I know that if Michael Phelps had been caught doing a variety of alternative things that might annoy other people, even if they were not presently illegal, that he'd still get dropped.