Cohu’s fascination with minimalist footwear dates back to … *clickety-clackety-google* … 2006! I finally got a pair of Toe Shoes (as they’re known in the Cohu household) last fall. Over the last year, they have served me for everyday wear, as well as long walks in the Berkeley hills. I usually have the (progressively more chunky) little person strapped to me, so it’s definitely in the realm of ‘moderate exercise’, but no running. Still, I can always tell when I’ve been wearing ‘normal’ shoes for one of my longer walks – I get bad heel pain and back pain the next day. Counterintuitively, it’s worse the more padded my shoes are!
So, since they seem to be even less shoe-y and more minimalist than Toe Shoes, I’m up-, or rather, downgrading to Invisible Shoes. These are reminiscent of huaraches worn by the Tarahumara indians, or the bicycle tire sandals used in many parts of the developing world. After receiving my kit from Invisible Shoes, I followed the website instructions and, after maybe 1/2 hour of fiddling with them, have my very own pair of ‘barefoot’ sandals! Bonus: as opposed to the FiveFingers, you can wear them with dresses or skirts without looking like a certified insane person. (You will still look like a tree hugging dirt worshipper, but that’s OK with me). I spare you a picture of my huarache’ed feet. Let’s just say there’s many jobs I would be good at, but foot model is not one of them, especially after my run-in with the aptly named ‘Hand, Foot and Mouth disease’ a few weeks ago. Here’s a Invisible Shoes review that includes a picture so you can imagine what they look like.
Will report back on how they compare to Vibrams.

A nice way of putting it


Make that a double breakfast burrito with extra salsa

Everything that’s wrong with this country in one Etsy item: LE BIBB Commuter Bib. It even has “a handy lapel pocket for your cell phone” – thank god, because driving while eating is not enough!

Next To Godliness

If you’ve never taken the time to read what’s on your soap, you might want to make an exception for Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, an old hippie favorite. Thankfully, the Dr. Bronner Company has put at least some of its text-packed soap labels online, so I don’t have to copy all of the information contained on my “18-in-1 Hemp ALMOND PURE-CASTILE SOAP” bottle – you can read the pdf here. Further labels here. The bottle I have in front of me actually has a different inscription from the online one, so the company seems to update their labels from time to time to include new/rotate old content.
Dr. Emanuel Bronner
, who penned these strange and endearing soap wisdoms, was a German jew who escaped to the US in 1929 (dropping the “Heil” from his original name “Heilbronner”).

“…and Much, Much More!”

“Stay Warm & Snuggle up with your significant other. The Snuggie® Blanket keeps you totally warm and gives you the freedom to use your hands!” (Snuggie Couples)

I remember a time not long ago when “using your hands” during “snuggling” your “significant other” was exclusively done under/inside the blanket, and this was actually considered a feature, not a bug.

On second thought, maybe this is what the ominous THIRD SLEEVE is for. The picture of the smiling, interracial couple is just an innocent cover for how this thing is really meant to work. Much like this blonde showing off the many potential uses of her “personal massager” (you know you’ll click that link, eventually, so don’t try to resist it). Ewww.

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Rätsel: Die PostbeamtInnen sind freundlich, lächeln und sagen sogar “Bitte” und “Danke”

Lösung: Nadelbestreifter Oberchef aus der Zentrale ist zu Besuch

Eine Bitte

Wenn der FC Bayern mal wieder einen mittelmäßigen Ami kaufen sollte, dann würde Cohu diesmal für Steve Cherundolo plädieren. Läppische zwei Millionen werden ja wohl noch drin sein, oder? Das ist quasi ein Fünfunzwanzigstel Ribery, und dafür dieses Lächeln!