Blogging 365, Day 63: I’ve Got Sole


As part of our Weekend Shopping Extravaganza, Ann and I bought many pairs of shoes.

I think, if I recall correctly, the final count was somewhere in the neighborhood of 8 pairs between us and Anthony. Hey, we were outlet shopping and had the money. There was just no escaping it.

While I can’t tell you what they bought, I know I have 3 pairs:

  • Columbia Ravenous Trail Running shoes which really make me want to go and try doing some trail running. Unfortunately, there aren’t many places in the city to do that but I know of a decent trail nearby that I might visit one morning. I bought them because they are extremely comfortable and were cheap: $25.
  • Reebok F SmoothFlex Cushruns because, like the Columbia shoes, they were on sale for $50 (when you bought two specially marked styles). I figured $50 for a pair of $80 shoes I’ve been eyeballing for quite some time was reasonable and since I have a run coming up on Sunday, I thought I’d treat myself to something new. The other pair was for Anthony.
  • Just your ordinary pair of Skechers dress shoes for work. They seem to be made of better materials than the pair of Bass shoes I currently wear for work. I would have been most upset if I had paid the original cost of $125 for those shoes but I only spent $20. They are falling apart after only a few months of light wear.

It seems that running shoes have become my new weakness much in the way that watches used to be. As a matter of fact, I’m pretty sure it’s worse than that. The good thing is that the shoes need to batteries and it gives me a variety of options when I go running.

The bad? I can’t really think of a downside to this, which is the first sign of an obsession.

Speaking of shoes, you have to check out the ones we saw tonight at Marshalls. I’ll let this picture of Anthony do some of the talking.

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What you see here involved no photo trickery. This is a pink Under Armour Micro G Bloodline shoe in a Size 16 or 17, I forget which one but it was a seriously big shoe. What I didn’t know was that the material was reflectorized so when my flash went off, it sort of muted the shoe’s original hideous color which can be seen here:

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And just to give you an idea of how big this shoe was…

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…it dwarfs Anthony’s head which is pretty big in its own right. This shoe was about as ugly as the ones I saw at Savers back in December which I think were also made by Under Armour.

And while I love Under Armour’s compression gear, their shoe styles leave much to be desired.

Tomorrow I will hit the pavement to try out the new Reeboks. Hopefully they will withstand the torture I will be putting them through.

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Blogging 365, Day 40: A Busy Day


The title of today’s post pretty much sums it up but I’ll break it down for you in words and pictures.

It started around 7:15 when I went for my morning run:

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And I’m not saying it was cold this morning but here’s how the roof of my car looked when I stepped outside:

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It’s not quite what the east coast is going through but for us thin-blooded Californians, this is plenty harsh. Oh, be quiet.

Once I got home and filled my body with the necessary nutrients, I took a shower and changed so that we could take Anthony to Lowe’s for today’s Build and Grow project, something called the Wheel of Love. It looks a little something like this:

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This boy’s good with a hammer, I’ll tell you what. By the time we were done here it was around 10:30 and it was off to our next destination: a free health screening at a newly relocated medical center down the street from Lowe’s. Here’s a shot of me getting blood drawn for my glucose and cholesterol tests.

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The bad news? They had to do it twice so I had to be poked again on my right hand. Apparently my blood was so strong that it broke the machine. Ahem. Anyway, the good news is that my results were outstanding:

  • Total cholesterol: 146 mg/dL which is well below what is considered desirable and puts me at less of a risk of getting coronary heart disease.
  • Glucose (non-fasting): 94 mg/dL, also perfectly acceptable and means I’m not diabetic.

The weird thing is that even when I was heavy, my levels were all at an acceptable level. That’s not to say that I don’t regret losing the weight but that genetics seems to play a bigger part in all of this. Losing the weight definitely brought the levels down, so low that even the nurse who gave me the results – he was about 30 pounds lighter – told me that my levels were better than his. Not too shabby.

While at the screening, I met KFI’s Tim Conway, Jr. He was there giving stuff away and greeting listeners. Here’s me and Anthony with Mr. Conway:

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Funny guy just like his dad.

After the event we went home and relaxed for a bit but also gave Arliss a bath since the local Unleashed by Petco store was having low-cost immunizations. While waiting for the event to begin, we checked out some of the animals up for adoption and I have to admit that, even though I’m more of a cat person, this little doggie melted my heart because of her cuteness:

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She was one heck of a dog and I hope she gets adopted real soon.

If all that wasn’t enough, our final trip of the day was to WinCo to get some groceries. And I gotta tell you, $100 goes a lot farther at that store versus our usual places. Sure, you have to bag your own groceries but that’s a hit I’m willing to take in order to get cheap stuff. We’re well-stocked for the week and beyond.

Side note: man, what did we do before cell-phone cameras? How else would we be able today’s action as well as life’s little “WTF?” moments, like this sign at WinCo’s bulk food section:

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I don’t know about you but if I was to sample something from the bulk foods area, there are lots of better choices than rawhide chips. But maybe that’s just me.

And now it’s late and I’m tired. There’s little chance of me waking up early tomorrow to go for my usual Sunday morning bike ride since I’m still beat after this whirlwind day. I may just put it off until next week.

Other than this…we did absolutely nothing today 🙂

Blogging 365, Day 6: Best Bye


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Just a few days ago, I bought Kinect Sports Ultimate Edition from Best Buy with what was left on the $50 gift card I got for Christmas.

But I found it unusual that from the moment I got it, someone like me would have difficulty in finding something to buy with it and after searching their ad and even regular merchandise, I just couldn’t do it. Granted $50 won’t go far in that store anyway but still, it was free money to spend any way I wished.

There’s a bit of a backstory here. I decided that the Kinect game would be the last thing I ever buy from Best Buy, and here’s why.

While sifting through the ad and coming up empty each time, I decided to go for the Hail Mary and see what turned up. I eventually chose a Class 10 32GB SanDisk microSD card for my phone, which was on sale for $29.99. I figured I can always use it in a camera if not my phone. (Honestly, it seals my fate in choosing my next phone which will most likely be a Samsung Galaxy S II and not an iPhone.)

Once I figured that the memory card would be what I’d buy with my gift card, I started to check stores for inventory. Both of my local stores showed they had them in stock so I drove to one of them and was ready to make my purchase.

I meandered the aisle in the hopes of finding what I needed. Then I remembered that this was Best Buy and the chances of that happening were slim to none. In the memory card aisle, there wasn’t even a home for the card I intended on buying which indicated that they hadn’t had any in stock for quite some time, but they had plenty of the others from the ad.

So I asked one of the geniuses in the blue shirts if they had any and he told me they didn’t. Frustrated, I said I’d go to the Signal Hill location, reported to have the item in stock by their website, to buy it.

“They are out of them, too.” I threw up my hands and left mumbling. Ann and Anthony pretended not to know me as I colorfully cursed this lousy business and their foul practice of getting customers in stores when they don’t even have the items in stock.

Despite it all, I ended up buying the card online and am currently awaiting shipment. Sure, I could always just order online and have it shipped but that’s not the principle here.

After the purchase, I had about $17.50 left on the card to spend as I wished. That’s when I saw they had the aforementioned game and figured I’d apply a few bucks of my own to cover what’s left.

Off to Signal Hill I go, a store reported online to have three copies in stock. I go the video game department and check the home for it and, as you might have guessed, it was empty. I also checked the memory cards and while there was a home for the one I wanted, it was out of stock. Shocker.

I then asked another blue-shirted genius of they could help me. They did exactly the same thing I did: check the home. They then also told me they were out and that I could check another store.

“No, you could check another store,” I replied. Slightly taken aback by my retort, they obliged and punched up on their computer which said they had three in stock. I made them look for it.

The associate returned with a copy of the game. I asked if they could ring me up there and they did, a total of about $33.

Knowing this was going to be my last purchase ever, I figured I might as well enjoy it. I gave them my gift card and the total was reduced to $15.50. I also had a $3.99 refund from Google Wallet in the form of a credit card. I intentionally ran it as debit a few times knowing it would not work. I then asked them to try it as a credit card and it finally went through.

My total was now $11.51. I looked in my wallet for some cash. I had a $20, a $10 and two singles. While I could have simply given them $12 and be done with it, I thought I’d end it with a bang and hand them the $20. The look of confusion on the associate’s face was comedy gold.

With that, I told them to throw the gift card away. I left the store with my game knowing that because of such a miserable shopping experience like this, I will never spend another penny at Best Buy.

So goodbye, Best Buy. I wouldn’t be too surprised if your bricks-and-mortar stores go the way of The Good Guys, Circuit City and CompUSA.

Happy Black Friday, Suckers!


I know there’s no lyrical correlation with today but I can’t think of a better day to post this video.

Chatting with A Perv


No really, I did. And they worked for Amazon.

Click to enlarge.

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So…how you doin’ tonight?