Refuse to Listen

legendary copywriter Gary HalbertGary Halbert, apparently THE copy-writer, has died, as reported in many publications and blogs like this one here. I had just started to read some of his material and viewed some little video clips, and when I get used to him he dies – strange!

He was a person that had no shame to break the rules and a quote by him I like a lot and might frame and put on the wall, is:

“Nothing is impossible for a person who refuses to listen to reason!”

And he is certainly right. Whenever there was some big change in my life there was a ‘letting go’ of all the customs and rules that we normally consider unchangable.

I know, this all has nothing to do with clothing and Tie-Dye – – – but I thought I share it anyways.

Space in Full Color

Currently it is probably hard to miss that there is an unusual thing going on in space. The ex-Microsoft executive Charles Simonyi (who is responsible for Word and Excel, I believe) bought himself a ticket to the International Space Station ISS on a Soyuz spacecraft and now enjoys a few days of weightlessness and great views of planet earth.

His website Charles in Space is a good source of information on what’s going on. One of the things happening there, which we might not have heard otherwise, is that one of the crew, Suni Williams, was running the Boston Marathon. OK, the logistics of that was a bit difficult – she could not just zip down to Boston, run the Marathon and be back in time for the next shift, so she ran on the treadmill up in space during the same time the Marathon was done on terra firma. She finished in four hours and twenty-four minutes.

But the most fascinating, and the reason this is reported here on this blog, is the fact that she was wearing a ThaiDyes t-shirt during her accomplishment – believe it or not (the choice is all yours) – but here is the proof. In the background you can see the tunnel to the next compartment of the ISS and the harness Suni is wearing connects her to the floor with some bungee cords to simulate gravity.

Suni Williams in Space with ThaiDye t-shirt

Way to go, Suni, congratulations for your cool accomplishment and give us a buzz, we will be soooo glad to supply you with another few t-shirts, jackets, or henleys.

Tie-Dye and Lobster

Standard tie-dye spiralLast week we took a trip down the Baja California to Ensenda. It was a very interesting trip to observe how different life can be on the two sides of the border just a few miles apart.

We had gotten the tip to have lobster in Porto Nuevo just a few miles down from Rosarito and on the way back we did as we were told.

Apparently not too many tourista there at this time of the year so there was a whole bunch of ushers to get us into the various lobster establishments. Finally we succumbed to one, we parked the car and climbed up some stairs to a second floor outside kind of restaurant. Very nice, with view over the ocean and directly below us, just across the street, a flea market.

As we were enjoying our lobsters I suddenly notices something familiar – tie-dye!

It was the standard kind with colors so bright you have to squint, and once your eyes adapt you can see the standard spiral.

Then we saw another person with a shirt just like this and we got the idea that there must be a store around here selling those. This suspicion became near certainty when one after another at least six other people came by with shirts all similar. But the kicker was that one of these daring people even had tie-dye socks on!

We briefly thought how nice it would be if we could send these people to the Thai-Dye web site and show them some different kind of tie-dye t-shirts – some that don’t make your eye-doctor rub his hands in anticipation of great riches.

But then we realized that we were on vacation and at ThaiDye.com there are no socks anyways – and so we went happily back to our lobsters.