The sloped street in front of my house is perfect for a speedy skateboard session. In this clip, my little girl joins me on her scooter, playing it safer than Guitar Dad by wearing her helmet and staying on the sidewalk.
Since I was a teenager, I've always had a pair of Converse Chuck Taylor high-tops at my disposal. My first few pairs were black. Then a college pal, mindful of my penchant for these cool kicks, picked up a pair of maroon-colored Chucks for me in his hometown of Philadelphia. I wore those completely out.
In the many years since, I've gone through a number of replacement pairs. More black ones and a few white ones. Now, I'm pleased to report, I've got another pair of maroon Chucks strapped on my feet. On a trip to the Converse outlet the other day, I was initially disappointed not to find my size in this color, but an employee quickly located a pair in the back of the store. And it was marked down to $19.99! A real steal compared to the $45 going rate.
I'm not sure exactly what makes these sneakers so cool. They've been around forever (actually introduced in 1917) and I've seen old photos of my dad wearing white Chucks on the basketball court during his high school and college days. Of course these stylish sneaks have also been perrenial favorites among the rock 'n' roll set, from the punk rockers of the 1970s through grunge king Kurt Cobain in the 90s and beyond.
All I know is, high-top Chucks feel good, look good and just plain are good. I'll wear 'em till I drop.
The man behind the drums for the world's greatest rock band turns 70 today. That's right, 70! Happy Birthday Ringo!
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