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Grey has a good picker!

Grey has pretty good taste,

-Shady

YEAH BOY!

…thanks to KB!

And then there were three Adidas,

-Shady

…chances are I was wearing these shoes.

Farewell, old friend.

Those Kermit-centric Adidas were given to me by a friend as a Christmas present back in 2011. Since then, I’ve worn them pretty much every day. They were my meeting shoes of choice (they always sparked a conversation), and have touched the ground of eight different countries (nine, I guess, if you include the U.S.).

To be read: Over the last two-plus years, these shoes have been extremely loved.

Sadly, that love was starting to show, and a couple of holes in the soles recently sealed their fate.

So farewell, old friend! I loved slipping my feet into you.

Man, that sounds so dirty.

But wait! Is that a new pair of sweet Adidas I see approaching on the horizon?

Hello, new friend!

Indeed it is!

Also, I’m not entirely saying goodbye. I kept a couple of souvenirs.

Souvenirs!

It’s shoe hard… to say goodbye… to yesterday,

-Shady

…but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t happy that Jorge did his shopping early this year.

From the top:

And a detail:

Thanks, Jorge!

Christmas came early,

-Shady

…for our “Everyday People” section of “Tastes Like Chicken” back in October 2004. You can read the interview here. At the time, Joe was an 80-year-old funeral home director.

Four years later, in August 2008, Joe passed away. His daughter, Rita, has been a close friend of our family for years. After his death, Rita gave me two pairs of Adidas that Joe owned. (For an 80-year-old man, Joe was pretty damn hip.) One of the pairs was barely used; the other pair had never been worn even once.

I wore out the first pair awhile ago. This past weekend, I decided it was time to officially retire the second pair.

Still, even with his shoes long gone, I almost always have a piece of Joe on me… or stuck in my beard. On the day we interviewed him I grabbed a comb from the funeral home. I call it my funeral comb.

So thanks for the interview, the shoes, and the comb, Joe. I got pretty great use out of all three.

Joe’s Adidas,

-Shady

Old Poop!