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Oh.My.God.II – The Gangnam Version

Posted by middlerage on January 9, 2013

So I hope faithful readers stay abreast of the blog’s tagline (aka subtitle). Sometime ago it was an homage to Gangnam Style sweeping the nat…errr…the world. It’s since cycled two more iterations and currently resides on a funny phrase my buddy Fatman said.

Anyway, le blogue is no stranger to gangnam style, and I have to say, that today, middlerage succumbed to it. No, no, not that [insert video of people dancing that crazy step]. Rather, the actual meaning of the song – which is that, in the Gangnam suburb of Seoul it is so important to be stylish, folks (read young women) will starve themselves just so they can be seen drinking overpriced coffee in a Starbucks. It’s a Korean thing. (though I suppose 60s era songs from the Rolling Stones about Soho and St. John’s Wood might be a forerunner…)

Well. Today I am doing something for my new job that involves traveling and wearing a suit. Which I’m really not used to. I have limited funds to eat, but as I passed the hotel shoe shine booth I went all gangnam style and decided to spend lunch money on a shoe shine. These poor shoes have never been shined in their (long) life, and mostly sit in a dusty closet waiting for the occasional wedding to go to.

Oh. My. God. Who knew getting your shoes shined could be so relaxing and invigorating? All that attention and polishing and cleaning, it was like a haircut and a massage all rolled into one. You know, like those good old-fashioned barbers that use the hot shave cream on the back of your neck. Awesome. No wonder wimin go get their hair styled so much. It’s the pampering, and unexpectedly, a shoe shine is pampering. All that hard work transmits through the shoe leather to give your feet a massage, and you just drift away watching people and being grateful your shoes are sooo bad they need an extra long shine (I tipped well).

So put on a pair of dress shoes and take a chance on a shoe shine. Your eyes will roll back in your head and the drool from your lax mouth will trace a message of thank you on your chest.

File under possum and gangnam.

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