Monday, June 30, 2008

Social Experiment # 1: Shiny Shirt

I have a shiny shirt. I do not dislike the shirt, but it is a shirt without an occasion. It is not exactly casual, because it shines, nor is it exactly dressy because it looks like a bathrobe. I have relegated the shirt to laundry day apparel. You are all familiar with the clothes that you only think to break out when all your other clothes are scattered on the floor in various states of filth and/or in the washing machine. This shirt has fit that criteria for the last few years.

When one calculates my minimalistic wardrobe and laundry laziness...I wear this shirt more often than not. I do try to use it as a last resort as it makes me feel like a salsa dancing teenager, but I have noticed that whenever I manage to break it out I get complimented.

In an effort to unlock the mysteries of our metaphysical world CPR will now be conducting a various series of social experiments. The first experiment involved wearing the shiny shirt to church. I will admit, I might have selected a contaminated control group as people are more willing to compliment you after learning how "Jesus said love everyone, treat them kindly too". At any rate...I did not expect the overwhelming results. Seventeen compliments later I am convinced that I know less than I assumed about what people will like. Either way, I win.

Saturday, June 28, 2008


Contrary to popular belief, I am by no means an expert on Bootie. Although, I do love anything that makes my feet warm, I can not remember owning a pair of booties after the tender age of two or so. As soon as I learned that mobility was more effective whilst wearing something with a sturdy sole I abandoned the knitted delights. Recently, a person who I know that will henceforth be referred to as the Beardocrat (even though technically he has no beard, and according to his voter registration claims that he is unaffiliated), was sporting some rather stylish booties. I was intrigued, and this intrigue led me to the internet.

--note to readers of CPR, it is unwise to search booties on the internet

That being said, I discovered that
booties are hot this season that is truth according to and I couldn't agree more. There is nothing like a well knit bootie to keep one warm at night. It seems dogs ( and infants ( are really interested in this trend as well. Wikipedia also weighs in on the subject:

A bootee is a garment like a thick sock to keep the feet warm.

They are usually worn by people who do not walk (e.g. babies), as walking would soon wear holes in soft bootees.

Sometimes bootees are worn by sledge dogs in very cold Arctic conditions: see Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

In all my research I found only one true bootie hater. L.L. Bean has recalled their booties because children might choke on them. I disagree with L.L. Bean and his/her catalog for the following reason. I recently scored a pair of Bulgarian booties and have never once been tempted to eat them. In fact, I can say I have never felt so free as when jaunting around the kitchen in my booties.