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Friday, October 16, 2009

Pop The Damn Balloon and Drop The Story

I am sick and tired of all this balloon boy stuff. There are more important things going on around the world and all people are talking about is the boy, the balloon, the hoax, Ballon, Ballon. The media should take a giant pin and pop this balloon once and for all. And now let's switch topics completely. Happy Friday! Now that the temperature has cooled down to the 30's, it's time to take out the coats and turn on the heat.

Have you seen this video? It's pretty amazing. I've never seen anything like this before.

Good news Amazon fans, Amazon now has same day delivery in NYC!

I'd like to end today having a little talk about the Penny Loafer. I was sitting on the PATH this morning in and out of resting mode when, out of the corner of my eye, I saw a glimmer of light. It was a penny, a penny from a man's penny loafer. It got me thinking about whether or not people still put pennies in there and about the history of the penny loafer.

The penny loafer originated in the 1930s when loafers of several varieties were fashionable as men's and women's shoes. Somewhat unbelievably, this fashion started with the Spaulding company when they produced shoes styled after those of Norwegian dairy farmers that had appeared in an article in Esquire Magazine. However, it wasn't until a few years later that the penny entered the equation.

In trying to add his own unique stamp to the popular loafer, John Bass began producing loafers he called Weejuns that had a strap across the top of the shoe for style purposes, as a loafer is traditionally defined by having no buckles or laces. This strap had a split design that was supposed to look like a pair of lips. This opening in the strap was soon used as a way to add a decorative touch to the usually simple loafer and small objects, such as pennies, were often placed there. A stylistic embellishment that had once been peculiar to Bass's shoes became synonymous with an entire fashion.

When pay-phones were still ubiquitous and hadn't yet been raised to a quarter, the penny loafer was often the source of funds for an emergency phone call home, especially for school-age children or teens on dates.

Penny loafers have been unique since their inception in that they have moved between both form and casual fashion and men's and women's fashion. Acceptable for both genders and viable with everything from a suit to jeans and even shorts, penny loafers have long made a smooth transition from work to play. The unique style of the vamp of the shoe that gives them their name has even been transplanted onto a high-heeled (and therefor non-loafer) version for women.

I have never owned a pair of penny loafers and I remember my dad saying they weren't supportive enough for my "foot type".

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