Is anybody working today? Since Saturday was Canada Day, did people take Friday or today off? Since tomorrow is the US independence day holiday, I’m wondering if people are taking today off as well as tomorrow. Me? I’m not really working although I’m trying to. I had to go to work because I have shipping to do and because I was expecting my sandals (Keen) to arrive via UPS. And they did! I’m very happy with these. Sturdy enough to bike in but lighter weight than my Sauconys. I bought these sandals a half size larger as over 60% of shoe reviewers on Zappo said these ran small. I don’t think it was necessary to buy the larger size and am now wondering if there’s some kind of size inflation going on or whether it is consumer expectations driven that the shoe’s sizing runs small. If anything, I thought these were a little wide (my feet are not narrow). My vote is that other than width, these run true to size. Idly, I’d been wondering whether -or rather, when- the consumer push for sizing evolution would hit shoes and I’d say it has. At least in one small segment of the shoe market; anecdotally of course.
Speaking of sizing, there’s yet another article in Business 2.0 about the seemingly endless market opportunities for product developers catering to burgeoning US waistlines. Cheap and tacky puns aside, it’s worth a read.
Returning to the holiday, how will you be celebrating? If you’re a vegetarian, some holidays are worse than others; barbecuing outdoors is obligatory on July 4th. Barbecuing vegetables just isn’t as fun so we’re thinking of starting a new tradition and eating only fruit although the boy votes for including s’mores. I’d have to admit that the flats of cherries, strawberries and nectarines at Sam’s Club were the inspiration for that idea. I always thought fruit was interesting because it is so portable and comes pre-packaged. Often, you can eat the packaging. I guess vegetables are similar in that regard. At Sam’s, we also saw some miniature watermelons, a little larger than softballs. I asked the clerk if people were buying them because they were cute and he said they were. They were cute but expensive; we didn’t buy any. We bought a larger one tho; we like to make juices of the melons by throwing the fruit in a blender. In the southwest, these are called “aguas”. Melon juice is too delicate to concentrate and freeze so we drink a lot in the summer. It works out because this part of New Mexico is heavily agricultural with melons everywhere -even on roadsides. Come fall, I’ll be sure to photograph the miniature decorative melons that grow like weeds along the roads. People back east pay lots of money for those, using them as harvest decorations at Thanksgiving.