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New Balance 992

nbm992.jpgAh, it seems like just this past August 2nd I bought myself a pair of new shoes. Oh, wait, I did. I purchased a pair of New Balance 991's from Philadelphia Runner (and I found out what the phrase 'like a fat man in a running store' really means).

It is 8 months later, and the 991's have seen better days. Now, some might be shocked that these sneakers didn't last longer, but I should point out that I wore them everyday for the last 8 months. While it is true that I am a large fellow, I do walk a lot putting much wear and tear on my footware. Therefore, it didn't strike me as particularly odd that I might need to pick up a new pair (though I like to get at least a year out of shoes in general; I will bend this rule for these sneakers because they were so darned comfy).

I know what you're thinking: given my love of the rut surely I got myself to the nearest shoery and bought a brand new pair of size 12 New Balance 991's.

Well, you are wrong. I have decided to turn over a new leaf. Yes, I have thrown caution to the wind! This Scott is no longer stuck in a rut, I tells ya! I need not be a slave to my own stogy preferences, why can't I think outside of the box when my footwear is concerned? You know what they say, change starts from the bottom up!

That's right people, New Balance has discontinued the 991's and replaced them with the 992's (pictured above), therefore I couldn't get a new pair of 991's readily. I was assured by Marisa, who I have just appointed as my shoe guru, that I could probably procure a pair of 991's on the internet despite their scarcity. She also told me that I should have bought 2 pair when I had the chance (which doesn't really compute. I mean, would the other pair just sit in the closet like some frustrated understudy of Bernadette Peters in Annie Get Your Gun, whilst the other pair [the 'chosen pair'] was on stage belting out 'There's No Business Like Show Business' and basking in the glow of an adoring public? That strikes me as shoe abuse). However, since I couldn't immediately find any online purveyors who had this particular shoe (in silver) in stock I decided that this purchase could wait until the weekend, when I would have more time to devote to shoe related inquires.

I left work today with no intention of purchasing some 'fly new kicks,' as the kids say, however, I found myself walking toward Qdoba (I like their fajita burritos) in Center City. My planned route took me directly past City Sports, and I didn't see the harm in popping in to see if they had either the discontinued 991's or a pair of 992's I could try on.

Before I tell you about the shoes, I first must mention 3 other customers I saw there:

Customer #1: Now, I don't want to perpetuate any stereotypes, but this woman must have had 20 pairs of shoes next to her, all of which she had obviously tried on and discarded. While I was standing there she had the shoe boy scamper off and get her several other pairs. Sheesh, what is with the shoes, ladies?

Customer #2: Some dude (who was sportin' socks and sandals I might add) was sitting on one of the chairs trying on some shoes. Not odd at all. He had a pair of shorts and pants next to him which he seemed interested in purchasing. As I stood there he picked up the pair of shorts, inspected them, and then wrapped the waist around his neck, as if to determine if they would fit. Since this particular method of 'trying on shorts' didn't make any sense to me I thought perhaps I had misinterpreted his actions. Happens to the best of us. Then he did the same thing with the pair of pants. Is my waist supposed to be the same size as my neck? If it is I am in big, big trouble.

Customer #3: A young woman, about college age, was looking at the flip-flops. I noticed that she was currently wearing a pair of flip-flops (sans socks, unlike neck waist man) which was all well and good, until I saw her take down a pair of flip-flops from the rack, slip off her own, and try on the new ones. This wouldn't have been too bad, I suppose, if she had actually purchased the flip-flops which she had just gotten her feet germs all over, but it would seem that those flip-flops did not satisfy her needs and back to the rack they went. That is just uncivilized. I looked at her crossly, but I don't think she noticed.

Back to me. Turns out they didn't have any 991's in sight, however, they had plenty of 992's. I tried on a pair and in less than 5 minutes I was on my merry way to Qdoba with a new pair of shoes in a bag. That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you buy shoes.

Though I can't help but think that I should have gotten two pair.

The meaning of my birthday

Your Birthdate: February 14
You work well with others. That is, you're good at getting them to do work for you.
It's true that you get by on your charm. But so what? You make people happy!
You're dynamic, clever, and funny. And people like to have you around.
But you're so restless, they better not expect you to stay around for long.

Your strength: Your superstar charisma

Your weakness: Commitment means nothing to you

Your power color: Fuchsia

Your power symbol: Diamond

Your power month: May

I always thought I looked good in fuchsia, but I don't think I'm that charming.

UPDATE: It would appear that once again, the Internet has lied to me.  Two friends of mine, who happen to have been born on the 14th of a month, took this little test and received the same exact results.  Either there are just 31 options, or the three of us have a tremendous amount in common.

Digital picture stats

iphotolibrary.gifI like to take pictures, this much is obvious. Every once and awhile I even take a good one (though usually not of myself).

Like any good Mac user I employ iPhoto to organize my digital photos (I have been thinking about getting Aperture, but it doesn't really suit my needs), and I have been using iPhoto for as long as it has been available (since 2002 it would seem).

I thought it would be fun to share some iPhoto stats:

  • Total library: 4107 photos, 151 movies (10.2 gigs)
  • 2004: 1266 photos (1.6 gigs)
  • 2005: 1938 photos, 66 movies (5.3 gigs)
  • 2006 (so far): 534 photos, 85 movies (3.1 gigs)
  • Last 12 months: 1730 photos, 137 movies (7.3 gigs)
  • Last Roll: 11 photos (42.7 megs)

I don't think I had a digital camera in 2002 or 2003 (though I had some digital pictures that folks sent me) so I didn't include those years, which would explain why if you added up the numbers they wouldn't seem correct (though why you would be doing that I don't know). Also keep in mind that every camera I have gotten has progressively had more mega-pixels thereby creating larger files.

So, I've shown you mine... I think it is traditional that you show me yours.

Got some dim sum, finally

Dim sumI've had a hankering for dim sum for a very long time, and this past Sunday I finally satisfied the urge with Marisa from Apartment 2024.

Wait, that didn't come out right, but you know what I mean.

Anywho, I took some pictures, so feel free to take a gander.

Where did we go? Lakeside Chinese Deli, that's where. Many people, including Albert, have told me that they have the best dim sum in town and it was damned tastey. After a brief pang of disappointment with the lack of dim sum carts, we were quickly inundated with dim sum recommendations from our very happy waitress (she was, quite possibly, the happiest person I have ever seen).

If you're in the mood for some dim sum you should check out Lakeside Chinese Deli, and you should invite me along (I want more!).

No Free Cone for me

no free ice creamToday was Free Cone Day, however, I did not get to partake in any free ice cream. I was going to go to the Ben and Jerry's near Rittenhouse Square after work, but the line was too darn long.

I'm a fat, impatient man. I want my free ice cream now, daddy!

Therefore, I skipped the free ice cream and come home and had some ice cream that I had paid for previously (like a chump).

I'm beginning to think that it is, indeed, hard out there for a pimp. Who knew?

It is crazy enough that it just might work

Melissa, who is a self declared Square Peg, informs us (via her blog, of course) that the next Philadelphia Bloggers' Meetup is May 20th (you're coming, aren't you?), which is also the first day of the 9th Street Italian Market Festival. It would seem that Melissa lives near where this will be going down and has offered up her house as a possible meeting place for the meetup. Head on over to her post and let her know what you think of it:

Free Cone Day

peanutbuttercup.gifMarisa, at Metroblogging Philadelphia, reminds us that today is Free Cone Day at Ben and Jerry's.  What is better than free ice cream?  Well, I can think of a few things, but I think I'll have to settle for the free cone.

Last year I completely forgot about the free ice cream on Free Cone Day, and I also happened to forget my umbrella.  As I walked home from work in the rain I saw that the Ben and Jerry's by Rittenhouse Square was getting ready to close.  Figuring it couldn't hurt to see if there was any free ice cream left, I popped it.  I left the shop with a strange mish mash of the left over scraps in a small cup.

As the rain fell on me and my ice cream I smiled.

It is the simple pleasures that make life worth it, don't ya agree?