Tag Archives: strength


28 Mar

“Payless shoes ain’t go no grip, make you fall and bust your lip.”

This childhood chant certainly didn’t lift my confidence as my yellow Payless tennis’ slipped and slid along the mud-caked mountainside. After trekking through a section of the Great Wall of China, my classmates and I were offered a challenge: All who dared could hike up the side of a nearby mini-mountain to watch the sun rise. I tossed and turned on the large rock-hard bed that I shared with my three bunkmates in the Chinese village. Why not I figured, finally allowing the fear of missing out of on a once in a lifetime opportunity outweigh my unease about taking a virginal stab at hiking. Continue reading


Cults of Consumption: Sox and Jordans

19 May

Before I left Boston, I had one final task: to experience a Red Sox game.  Now, I must admit, I’m not a fan of baseball.  Nor am I a fan of the Red Sox.  I just felt that it would be a crying shame for me to return to my home in Dallas without experiencing the activity of which so many Bostonians proudly partake. Continue reading