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Saturday, October 17, 2009

$9 TeeFury: Monster Chux

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When I was fifteen my kindly sister took me shoe shopping in town. We scanned aisle after aisle for sneakers in my size, the elusive 14 wide. Lines of shapes and attractive styles passed, and I coveted them all from 7 and 1/2 to 10. Envy deepened into hate as I watched customer after customer pluck a perfect fit from the shelf, oblivious of their privilege, blind to my suffering. Finally, in a musty corner in the back, the "13+" selection. Grim leather sandals like weathered canoes, Allen Iverson Reeboks covered in neglect, bigger than your head. "Monsters..." my sister breathed to herself. I stared at them: my Cinderella story turned campside horror.

Jan Avendano knows how it is. This is how it is.