I was raised in American Fork, Utah at a time when everyone in the neighborhood could point out the houses of people who didn't belong t...
I love writing. It's one of my greatest joys. My house is filled with pens, notebooks and journals. Whenever I get a cash gift card I sp...
When I read I am a plodder. I can't just gloss over a word I don't know. I've even found that there are a lot of words that I th...
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Abercrombie and Fitch CEO, Mike Jefferies, broke our little social illusion of being one class by speaking out about clothing sizing. Now every brand is exclusionary to some degree. Democratic consumption is a myth and who you exclude is as important as who you include. If it's not size, it's price or image. There are some places where showing up with a Harley Davidson jacket will get you shunned and others where showing up without one will get you beaten.
Now I'm no CEO genius but there are plenty of plausible answers you can give about why you won't make larger size of clothing that won't get in the face of the public but will still be just as exclusionary. How about "We limit the sizes we carry in order to control inventory costs", or "We haven't expanded our sizing options because there hasn't been customer demand for larger sizes but we consider that option whenever we introduce a new line". Yes Abercrombie board, I am available for half of Jeffries' salary if you want to hire me. But stating that your aim is to exclude a certain customer base is well, unamerican and subject to backlash from the the masses that have been raised to believe that they cannot be excluded and are worthy of consuming the best of what life has to offer.
A few years ago I went out looking for a used car with a budget of $5,000. I of course dressed for success in a pair of ripped shorts and a T-shirt and since I knew some of my co-workers drove BMWs and they seem like pretty nice cars. I went to the BMW dealer. After telling my budget to the salesman I was roundly rebuffed as he explained that cheap used BMWs start at $12,000. Now I know that BMW makes a pricey automobile and that about two thirds of the population could never drive one because of the cost alone. But because of the salesman's attitude, that experience cemented in me that BMW is the brand of insecure losers. I then went down to the KIA dealership and because the salesman had no illusions about the exclusivity of his product, he asked me questions about my income and credit and sold me a car that cost about three times as much as I initially wanted to spend.
So goes Abercrombie. No longer will I look at the wearers of Abercrombie & Fitch clothing and envy their weedy frames. Instead I will feel a small twinge of pity for a fellow traveler who has decided that they need to burnish their image with a brand name.
Tell me which brand you think jumped the shark from mark of quality to desperate plea for attention in the comments.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Will I keep blogging? Yes. Will I do another challenge? Yes. Will it be a rigorous month long challenge where each post has to start with a certain arbitrary letter? No.
I plan on doing some fiction writing and blogging from time to time and please be sure to follow me on twitter @wildpokerman and say hello!
04/1990-05/1990 Bryce Canyon, Utah
05/1990-10/1990 American Fork, Utah at my parent's house.
10/1990-03/1991 Provo, Utah in a basement apartment
04/1991-04/1993 American Fork, Utah sometimes at my parent's house and sometimes in my friend Dave's basement.
04/1993-10/1993 Bryce Canyon, Utah
10/1993-01/1994 Apartment in Salt Lake City
02/1994-04/1994 Sun Valley, Idaho (Yes Grandpa we have jobs, it would be crazy to just move to Idaho without a job.-We totally didn't have jobs.)
04/1994 to 05/1994 Yellowstone National Park, WY
05/1994 to 05/1994 West Valley, UT-Dave's brother's couch
05/1994-06/1994 West Valley, UT-The Storage Shed
06/1994-10/1995-Salt Lake City, UT-The Peter Pan
10/1995-04/1996-Las Vegas, NV-Fremont Street, across from the crack hooker bar.
04-1996-09-1996 Lake Powell, Utah
09-1996-10/1996 American Fork at my parent's house
10/1996-08/1999 Salt Lake City, UT various apartments
I figure my youth ended when I got married.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Will I continue after the challenge? Absolutely. To all my fellow participants we're almost done! Thanks for stopping by and tell me how you started blogging in the comments.
Andy wrote Unmagnificent Lives and Tiffany wrote The Siren. I read both of them in 2012 and I'm glad I did, both of the books were excellent.
Thanks for stopping by for W day and tell me how you discover new books in the comments.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
My constant companion when I am reading is my smartphone. When I come across a word I don't know, or one that I am not one hundred percent sure I own, I will look it up in an online dictionary before I continue on. Then I'll put it on a list on my phone.
When I get a few spare moments I'll transfer all the words to a book and add the definition. I don't copy the dictionary exactly and I'll add notes about how it was used to help me remember it.
Thanks for reading for V day, we're almost done! Tell me your favorite word in the comments.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Intellectually I knew that there were other religions and spiritual beliefs out there. Hey, the Bible told me there always had been! When I was 21 a girlfriend recommended I read the Tao of Pooh and it was a life changing experience.
Yes, Taoism is a religion and I can't say I've known anyone intimately that has practiced it I couldn't tell you one thunder god from another and don't ask me if there are any holidays to observe. What I do know is that reading the Tao Te Ching was a punch in the teeth to a white boy from Mormontown. If you've never read it before get yourself clicking here. It's free to download so no excuses. Ron Hogan's version isn't a literal translation, he's read several translations and produced the awesome modern Fight Club version of the text and that's why I recommend you start with that link. Tao is about rebellion and Tao is about making the old new so there is not a more Taoistic way to create a modern version than that.
Let me quote some of my favorite passages:
Do not glorify the achieversWhat does that mean? If you mess up your priorities you're going to mess up the whole system.
So the people will not squabble
Do not treasure goods that are hard to obtain
So the people will not become thieves
Do not show the desired things
So their hearts will not be confused
Heaven and Earth are impartialHow about that little verse. From what I've read straw dogs are little idols that were used during religious ceremonies. After the festival or ceremony was over you just have a big pile of straw. It means quit treating life so reverently, after we're done here we're just a pile of meat so treat every day as a sacred event while it lasts.
They regard myriad things as straw dogs
The sages are impartial
They regard people as straw dogs
True WordsWham bam internalize that my man. Just get out there and do stuff. Don't sit around thinking about it. You're going to make mistakes. Stop doing just what you know and realize that you're going to need to know a lot more to get anything worth doing done. Don't worry about helping other people, the more you help the more you're going to be rewarded.
True words are not beautiful.
Beautiful words are not truthful.
The good do not argue.
Those who argue are not good.
Those who know are not scholarly.
The scholarly do not know.
Whenever I feel less than centered or a little bit lost or lonely I reach for the nearest copy of the Tao Te Ching and it puts me right pretty quickly. It is the most life changing book I have read.