Archive | January, 2013

A Confession and a Plea

I have a confession to make. It’s not easy for me to say this, but the truth needs to come out. And while I wish there were alternatives, this is just the way things are, and I need to embrace it.

I wear women’s socks.

I don’t like that I wear women’s socks. The men’s sock industry has forced my hand in this. I would love to wear men’s socks. I am a man after all. But it just doesn’t work. You see, I have small(ish) feet. Depending on the shoe I’m between a size 7 and a size 8. Fashionable socks don’t exist in my size. I’ve looked. Everywhere. And I refuse to pay $35 for a pair of socks…so don’t send my any of those links.

The ONE SIZE FITS ALL label is a lie. If it were true I’d happily walk into the GAP and buy my socks from them. But I’ve tried that as well. Call me crazy, but I just don’t like the look where the heal of the sock is half way up my calf. The ONE SIZE FITS ALL mantra works for those men with a size 10-12…not for us MEN in the more petite range. Instead, I walk into the GAP and sheepishly make my way to the women’s socks. They actually have a nice array of choices. And they fit. Sure, I sometimes have to deal with a slight ruffle at the the top of my socks, but no one sees that. I hope.

I’ve also just recently been informed, by my wife, that Target has a nice choice of women’s socks. Over the weekend I picked up five pairs for $15. No shame in that. The next time you see me ask me to lift up my trousers…I’ll gladly show you my girls socks. Or I’ll run crying to the bathroom…I haven’t decided yet.

And to the men’s sock makers of the world — STOP IT! Give us small footed men socks that fit. Make them for us. We’ll buy them. I promise. Just stop trying to sell us the lie that one size fits all. You’re bruising our ego. And that’s good for no man…regardless of how big his feet are.

I Do What?

I’ve been asked by friends and family what I do, and maybe more confusingly, what is Puppet Labs? I thought I would answer both with a very short video.

My job is actually quite simple. I am an Instructional Designer. That means that I create curriculum and training materials for the products that Puppet Labs provides. Puppet Labs provides IT automation software. Confused? You shouldn’t be. It’s not that complicated.

Watch this short video I created to explain what Puppet (the product) is that Puppet Labs (the company) provides.