EL CAJON, CA — Following months of speculation, Jim has gone through with the purchase of a new pair of shoes for basketball this week. The need for a new pair of shoes had become obvious to many in recent weeks. His old shoes were in such poor condition that duck tape was required to maintain structural integrity. Before a game, Jim would go to the warehouse, get the duck tape, and start rebuilding his shoes. During this process, he’d often remark that he had a $40 gift card for a national sporting goods chain, and would just get new shoes on the weekend if he could remember.
He finally remembered over the long Thanksgiving weekend, and the new shoes made their maiden voyage on the court during Thursday’s game. The shoes had their impact before the game even started. Jim arrived at the court relatively early; having grown accustomed to having to wrap duck tape around his toes before each game, he had budgeted too much time for game preparation, and was on court premises minutes ahead such punctual types as Erik, Jorge and Darin. The shoes cost a reported $80, and prominently feature a large, reflective UnderArmour logo. According to Jim, this was designed “so you can see me when I blow by you. It will be in your dreams”.