Recently my colleage Michael of Key West Diary (<-- click link) issued me a challenge. It was by way of a censored comment attached to his post of September 23, 2009 . Censored as in Canadians don't use the "F" word, or perhaps he brought it with him when he emmigrated from Italy. Nevertheless, here is his rebuttal directed to moi.
Quoted by Mr Conchscooter:
"Fuck you both. Neither of you is man enough to wear pink crocs in public. Guess what? I went to Bahia Honda today on the Vespa and I walked onto the public beach in my pink crocs and two european women invited me back to their tent and ravaged me, forbidding me from removing my crocs. So there, ten pounds of shit in a two pound bag."
Hmm, I am not usually a consumer, especially since I took the day off. I could have turned my vacation day into an epic ride to somewhere exotic but instead, I had a late start to my day to wait for the stores to open. I am wondering where would I find these rare crocs.
I make myself a sandwich, have a hot beverage and roll my bike out of the carport. I head down to a trendy part of town, Kitsilano on 4th avenue. Surely I would be able to find crocs here. I was down there recently during the summer of love festival so I parked the bike and walked. I found a flip-flop store
Nope, not here. Perhaps I should head downtown. There must be a place on Robson Street. There are many upscale stores along this stretch, sort of like 5th Avenue, NY or our equivalent of Rodeo Drive, LA, CA , and as I was cruising down the street I noticed this store
(Crocs, Robson Street, Vancouver, BC)
It was still early and the stores were just starting to open for the public. I managed to stag a spot right in front
I don't usually travel down here on a weekday, esp on a Monday morning. On the weekends it is usually very busy and you would be very lucky to get a parking spot. Our parking meters are very expensive, as you will notice. I put in a quarter, only good for 5 minutes
I went inside and on my left I noticed a whole wall full of these
(Crocs of every discription and colo(u)r)
These ones must be of the Key West Variety. It is cooler up here in Canada, so we also get the insulated ones
I am sure that my meter has expired. I have been in here for over 5 minutes, but I can look out and see my bike, and no parking enforcer ticket writer has come by yet
I wonder if they have high-heel pink crocs ? I think I'll wait for Mr Conchscooter to purchase a pair first (if he has the guts to post a picture wearing them). I hop on my bike and ride out of town over to West Vancouver and up to the Cypress Mountain viewpoint which overlooks Vancouver to see what I have just purchased
It is here that I get a chance to unwrap them and see what I have purchased
(Canadian Pink Crocs)
I have gotten in the habit of always wearing a riding jacket, and will also wear riding pants while on the highway. I also wear leather boots. I quickly change into my new pink crocs and a lady tourist comes over to speak to me. They are from Guatemala. She looks while I am setting up my camera for a self portrait and we talk for a while. I notice that she keeps looking at my stylish pink crocs. A couple of other male tourists from eastern canada also made a remark about my V-strom as they also ride. One has a 1300cc Venture, and the other has an 1100 Venture. They don't make any comments about my pink shoes but I do notice them glancing from time to time as we talk about some good motorcycle roads in the area. I tell them to bring their bikes next time.
(Wee, Cypress Viewpoint, West Vancouver, BC)
Actually these crocs seem to be very comfortable and after a while you forget what colo(u)r they are. As I am already over in West Vancouver I decide to go to my favour place. I find solitude here and you can either sit on the rocks or on some of the benches supplied for the purpose of just contemplating life and watch the water pass by.
(Pilot Cove, West Vancouver, BC)
Several times during the summer I like to sit in the sun and breath in the ocean air. You can see the city of Vancouver in the background.
(A peaceful place to ponder . . . and clear your mind)
(I also like to sit on the rocks and look at the scenery)
The pink crocs seem to give me power. I am revitalized with new energy. On a summer's day these rocks are busy with people having a picnic or just doing nothing.
(Pink Crocs have excellent rock gripping abilities)
After a while, I prepare to leave and change back into my riding boots
I like to wear more comfortable shoes/sandals after I reach my destination, now I have another alternative. These Pink Crocs are very light and take little room in my side case.
(Pink Crocs: pack easily and are very light)
If you have the guts, purchase a pair of Pink Crocs. They actually enhance your masculine side. Soon you too will be beating the females away.
(Rare Canadian Pink Crocs enjoying the sun, Pilot Cove, West Vancouver, BC)