Saturday, October 15, 2011

glove shopping at rei

A couple fellows at REI today were annoying. I'm not sure if it's totally justified - mostly because I know that I was already annoyed because they were talking about things that reminded me of people I went to undergrad with. That doesn't make them bad people or generally annoying - just annoying to me.

The set things off though. They didn't move out the way when I was browsing gloves right by where they were standing. They weren't completely in my way. If they were I would have asked them to move. They were just in the way enough that any normal person would have seen they were in the way and would have moved. After all, they weren't looking at gloves at that moment anyway.

Eventually, they did start looking at gloves. One of them made a comment about Pearl Izumi gloves. Pearl Izumi is "my brand," but their gloves are honestly a little sketchy. I was curious what he had to say since I myself was looking for new gloves. He said something to the effect of "it's a Japanese company and because of that all their gloves are really small." This makes sense, but is factually wrong on every level. First, Pearl Izumi is an American company (based on Colorado that got the branding rights for the US market from the Japanese company... like the reverse of what happened with 7-Eleven). Secondly, of all the gloves on the rack, Pearl Izumis run the largest. I have big hands (obviously, because I'm Asian and we have big hands) and Pearl Izumi is the only brand where I can fit into a Medium. By comparison, with Gore, an All-American company, I can't even fit my hands in their XL sizes (a big fail on their part).

They are ignorant racists
I am easily and justifiably annoyed by people who remind me of people from undergrad

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