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Foot Injury, The Sequel!

The Injury Causing Sneaker

This sneaker has been the bane of my existence. I’ve only had two foot injuries in my life—one took place last year and the other was last week— and they both took place while wearing the sneaker pictured above. Since I refuse to blame my average basketball skills as the cause for my injuries, I’ve decided that this sneaker is the cause for the gauze.

On Monday, June 6th I dusted off my old pair of “Jordan 6 Rings, Utah Jazz Edition” sneakers and wore it to the gym. I was a bit apprehensive to wear this sneaker to play basketball again since I had to have it removed from my foot by a team of doctors when I last wore it, but I overcame this fear and made my way onto the court. After my third basketball game my sneakers seemed to be against the idea of me playing another game and dirtying it even more, so it revolted. During the second play of the game, I did a jumpshot where I elevated [what seemed like] 75 feet in the air. As I returned back to earth, my sneakers provided no cushion to facilitate a safe landing experience and this resulted in a fiery-hot feeling in my foot. I felt the damage from the inside and I thought, “that’s not supposed to feel that way.” Although my recently injured foot was practically unusable, I continued playing through two more games as the pain intensified. Eventually I hobbled off the court, dragged myself to my car and threw myself in bed at home.

The following morning I got up and expected to walk around normally, but my foot didn’t have the same agenda as the rest of my body. It was swollen as large as a standard-issued volleyball and I couldn’t stand on it without muffling my shrieking scream. I got a ride to the emergency room where they gave me a doctor who poked his thumb into my bruised foot as hard as he could and asked “does this hurt??” Apparently this was his way of inspecting my ankle and I didn’t like it at all. Instead of retaliating in-kind with a poke to the eye, I simply said “yes, doctor. That hurts quite a bit.” To my surprise, he poked the same spot even harder and repeated the same question. If he was trying to instigate a fight with me, it was working but unfortunately I would’ve lost due to my immobility.

I returned home after finding out from Dr. Pain that I suffered from a severe contusion, and I was instructed to keep off my foot for a week. Instead, I spent the remainder of the day practicing how to walk again while enduring the pain and masking my obvious limp. To be honest the limp looked very foolish because I could only walk on my un-injured toes on the right foot, but I couldn’t bear to refrain from walking for a week so I lived with it. When I maneuvered out of the house later in the week, I walked past a group of teenagers and overheard them saying, “look at that dude’s walk.. he’s got ‘swagger.'” All it took was an evil sneaker, a painful-poking doctor, $80 in medical fees and a continuously painful walking experience for me to have a temporarily “swaggeriffic” walk. Was it all worth it? Absolutely*!

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The Memory of Groffy the Guinea Pig

Ever since my family forgot about our pet goldfish for a year, only to find it swimming in an inch of water in the fishtank that was somehow hidden in the far end of the house, I knew that we weren’t cut out to be pet owners. However, all of this changed when my little brother got Groffy the guinea pig as a birthday gift on June 19th 2010. I barely paid attention the guinea pig for a while, but then things changed when I was assigned the task of caring for the rodent while the rest of the family traveled out of the country for a one week vacation.

One week of caring for the guinea pig changed everything. During that week, I took him out of his caged habitat for the first time and allowed him to run free in my brother’s bedroom. He happily ran around in circles at full speed–running and pooping and shrieking simultaneously. During that week I taught him how to stand up on two feet and how to find his way to my bedroom. This week changed both of our lives and we became friends….man and rodent.

This friendship grew for a couple of months as he jumped out of his cage every morning at 7:37am and shrieked outside of my door until I fed him his daily ration of timothy hay. Also he shrieked whenever he heard my voice in the evenings when I came home from work. When I was watching TV downstairs, he stood in the balcony area of the TV room and shrieked until I came upstairs and fed him baby carrots. When I hurt my foot recently and was walking with crutches, he walked along my side as I navigated around the second floor of the house. He knew the power that he had in the house and he walked around like he owned the place.

Unfortunately all of this came to a sudden end two weeks ago as Groffy passed away. I was not at home when it happened, but in the morning of the day that he passed I made a quick video of him battling me for his favorite type of organic baby carrots.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I hereby present to you the last recorded memory of Groffy the guinea pig:

My brother handled the entire situation very well and I was very proud of him, but he wanted to have another guinea pig to follow in Groffy’s footsteps. As a result, we now have a new baby guinea pig in the house named Mr. Thomas. We can only hope and pray that Thomas lives to be at least half as amazing and entertaining as Groffy was and after playing with him for the last three weeks, I know that he will be! As for Groffy, he is now in heaven, where he happily runs around at full speed, shrieking and pooping simultaneously!

The Birth of the Peculiar Shirt

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About six weeks ago I went shopping for new dress shirts, only to discover (after four hours of shopping) that my perfect dress shirt didn’t exist. My shopping fiasco showed me that the majority of sub-$100 shirts lacked quality, character, style and/or attention to detail, but nevertheless I still purchased a few shirts so I wouldn’t have to go to work barebacked. When I concluded my shopping debacle I decided that I needed to create a product to fill the void in the market for shirts suitable to be worn by the Peculiar man.

For the next 100 hours following my failed shopping experience I remained focused on the goal of creating a special shirt. I came up with a few sketches of my ideal dress shirt and I settled on a few initial ideas for fabric color combinations. After I had the perfect product on paper, I came in contact with a great manufacturing company who was able to bring the products to life in record time using the best quality materials. Within three weeks Peculiar Dress Shirts were born!

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The new Peculiar PPL dress shirts were created in five different flavors and they fully live up to my expectations and dreams. These shirts have the following characteristics that solve the annoyances that I’ve experienced with dress shirts in the past:

– All shirts feature 100% cotton, high-quality fabric that is anti-wrinkle*, anti-shrink and breathable
– There aren’t three trillions pins that are hidden in various places in the shirt, to secure it to the cardboard backing. The number of pins have been greatly reduced and plastic clips were used instead, which reduces your risk of stabbing yourself with a straight pin and bleeding on your new shirt. Safety first!
– The shirts are marked for simple sizing (Small – XXL) rather than complex neck/sleeve numbers. However, a conversion chart will be available so you can order for an exact fit.
– All shirts have fully enclosed collar-stays so they don’t get lost and result in a limp-looking collar
– Our cardboard Peculiar PPL hangtags are durable and attached with woven cloth, in case you would like to keep it as a keepsake
– All shirts are attached to a foam-covered cardboard so there aren’t as many sharp, noticeable lines embedded in the shirt after unpacking
– All shirts appear to be normal, solid-colored shirts when worn with a tie, but when when the tie is removed and the top button is unbuttoned, the contrast color is revealed in the button holes, buttons, placket, inner neckline and/or inner cuff.

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On a quick glance the shirts appear to be “normal” but upon closer inspection they are unmistakably Peculiar…just like me!

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Also, here’s a little secret for you: The dress shirts will be available in the online store for purchase on Tuesday, June 28th for $44 in the following colors:
– White with Brown accents
– Brown with Pink and Baby Blue accents
– Pink with Black accents
– Navy Blue with Baby Blue and Pink accents
– Baby Blue with Black and Pink accents

Also, a new t-shirt design will be launched with two “special edition” colors.

I’m learning more with every new product idea and clothing release and I appreciate all of the Peculiar PPL out there who are taking this journey with me!

* The white shirt is not anti-wrinkle, but it is just as amazing as the rest.