I have a friend who collects Jordans. He buys the new ones when they come out, and he looks at them for a little while, and then he puts them back in the box, and puts them away. If you visit his home, you may be able to get him to play "Show and Tell". When he and his wife moved into their new home, I tried to sell him on actually displaying the shoes in nice plastic boxes on the wall in their "office", but his wife vetoed that idea.
Anyway, this is something that I'm not into. I'm just not.
My friend is not alone. Not by a long shot. There are MANY people who eagerly anticipate the release of new Jordans.
So eagerly, in fact, that they will stand in line in front of the store and wait for it to open on the day the shoes are released. Rather, the night:
That's right. The Athlete's Foot near my house opens at midnight so that people can buy the latest Jordans.
The first time Mrs. Mau and I witnessed this, we had NO idea what it was, and were SO curious to find out what was going on to cause all of the commotion, that we pulled into the parking lot and asked someone:
"Hey man. What's going on here?"
"The Jordans." - This guy had a weird high-pitched voice, plus he was clearly not from the South because it sounded more like "The Joy-ens."
"The Joy-ens. You know. Shoes." With this, he actually pointed at his feet to get his point across.
"Oh. Okay. 'Preciate dat." And we motored the window back up.
With this, Mrs. Mau and I looked at the line at the door (at least 30 people), looked at the marquee, and then back at teach other. Quizzically.
"Wow." We were silent for a few moments after that.
That's right. The new Nike Air Jordan basketball shoes. Actually, in the picture above, it's more appropriate to say "The new old Nike Air Jordan basketball shoes." Because these were the Retro ones.
I live in Decatur.
Know What I'm Sayin'??
p.s. Can YOU tell that the "8" on the marquee in the picture above is upside down? I certainly can. I see that kind of stuff all the time, and it bugs me.