Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Keepin it 100

It's now been just over a year since I began blogging from my desk at Topics Education. On this day, I "pen" my 100th post. In the time between 1-100 I've seen a lot of change in myself, my situation and the world in general. True to the spirit of my blog, I won't really delve into my personal feelings, but rather focus on some of the other aspects of what's been going on my life.

To begin, I'm now no longer living in Charlotte with Will Bryan and my brother or working at Topics. I moved from Topics to working as a tutor at the Mecklenburg County Police Athletic League (PAL), and I'm now back in Chapel Hill working for Eurosport as Grassroots Marketing Coordinator for the East Coast. As part of my job I travel to various soccer events as the "face" of Eurosport, and I handle promotional tournament, camp and other event support for the company in my regions.

Without getting too much into it right now, I'm loving my job, and I couldn't be in a better position right now as the soccer lover that I am.

On the style front, my sneaker collection is strong in the force (not the Air One, the midichlorian one), and my t-shirt game is on point. I've racked up a large number of Adidas boots (soccer shoes) due to being blessed with a foot perfectly made for sample sizes, and my Adidas soccer gear collection has been quadrupled thanks to our strong partnership with Adi Dassler's company.

On the video game front, there's not much to report. Due to travel I haven't had much chance to pick up my Xbox controller, so I'll have to update my loyal readership of 3 on that in a couple months.

Hopefully I'll have the wherewithal to actually sit down and write a decent post in the next couple weeks, so here's my sign off:

Thanks to everyone who's stuck around this far, and I hope you'll continue on with me on this journey.

PS. Brr! Aye! Ok! This post has been brought to you by OJ Da Joo-Man.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Freshness 2.0

As I've gone a while without updating my blog, it goes without saying that it's been a while since I posted anything about the additions to my closet. In the time I've been away from my online journal, I've managed to acquire several items to enhance the quality and aesthetic beauty of my wardrobe. Now that I have a bit of space to update the eagerly waiting world about the goings-on in my life, I might as well enlighten you. Let's start with the kicks:

In the past few months I've added some heat-rock to my shoe arsenal. This includes 2 pairs of Nike Air Zoom Tres, the white Supra TUF Vaiders, (free, work-given) Adidas running shoes and last, but certainly not least... The Nike Dunk SB Blue Lobster. The Blue Lobsters (pictured here) are the crown jewel of my collection, and probably the closest to my heart. As soon as their release was announced, my plotting on their coppage began. When I finally received them, time slowed down, birds sang and the sun shone on me and only me. True story.
When I wear the shoes an ethereal glow emanates from the soles of my feet to the crown of my head and a chorus of angelic voices trills the Ave Maria in canon. Truth be told, I can't even wear them very often for the sake of swooning women across the lands. In all honesty, the shoes are a collector's item and as such, I'll rarely wear them.
Except when I'm steppin out with the extra freshness.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Rundown

I'm baaaaack. After a protracted absence from the blog-o-sphere, I've returned to drop some knowledge and wisdom on the people long parched from the lack of the sweet sweet nectar that is my writing.

No, but seriously, I'm back with a quick rundown of my life so far. (Dre, here you go).

Over the past month and a half I've been in Lancaster, California, Frisco, Texas and Barboursville, West Virginia for the USYSA (US Youth Soccer Association) Regional Championships. I spent about a week and a half at each venue (with the exception of Lancaster, where I only spent around 3 or 4 days) with my coworkers as we partnered with Adidas to run their retail tents at each event. At each event, we arrived around 4 days before the tournament start, checked into our hotels and for the next couple days slowly started to click into gear. The first couple days involved small tasks like picking up supplies like snacks, water, etc for when we're working in the tent, picking up the 26' truck to store our merchandise in and other logistical details.

In the days before the tourney starts we completely set up the Adidas retail tent by folding thousands of t-shirts, hanging shorts, jackets, jerseys and other clothing as well as setting up all the miscellaneous merchandise (balls, shinguards, boots, etc.) Once that's completely done, we put all the clothing on racks and place them and the boxes of extra clothing on the truck for safekeeping.

When the tournament starts, we typically arrive on site around 6:15 or 6:30 for an 8 AM or 8:30 first kickoff. We take all the boxes of merchandise off the truck and put them in the back of the tent for easy access when gear needs restocking. We then hang all the clothing and put the t-shirts into a t-shirt wall to be ready for open at around 7:30.

Once we open, we work throughout the day with only short breaks until around 6 or 6:30 PM when the games end and we close up shop. We then turn the heat presses (for putting the tournament logo on gear) off and put all the merchandise back on the truck for the next day.

The whole process can be grueling, but the interaction with players, parents and coworkers makes the job fun and the day goes by quicker than expected. That being said, it can get incredibly boring at times if business is slow, and it can be a madhouse when business picks up.

The sites I've visited so far have proved a mixed bag. In Lancaster, CA (in Southeastern Cali)there is absolutely NOTHING to do but watch tumbleweeds (literally), eat Mexican food and go to the movies from time to time. Frisco, Texas was much better despite the constant 100+ temperatures. The city is a vast expanse of suburbia with a large mall and plenty of excellent restaurants in the vicinity, so I much preferred it to Lancaster and Barboursville. Ahh, Barboursville. I'd never been to West Virginia, and Barboursville was everything and more I expected of quite possibly the worst state in the Union. I'd rather not go into detail about how much I disliked it, but perhaps I'll delve deeper next year when I return for the Region 1 Championships again.

Now I'm back in Chapel hill for the next week and a half before I head to Lancaster, Massachusetts for the National Championships and then to Foxboro, Mass on the 26th for the AC Milan-Inter Milan match (!!!!!!!) where I'll be able to see the game and probably meet the players.

I'll return to post more of my normal sneaker/soccer/nonsense fare in the near future, so keep your eyes peeled.