. What caught my attention was dudes running around with little clips and foil papers in their hair. When I have those I the salon, I’m so not that cool. The prim and properly of all these Adonises can give fellas a complex over a whole lot of nothing in my book. Guys don’t need to be dewy and romantic. But handsome, styled, well-groomed and wearing proper-fitting clothing – for sure. Watch at your own peril but it will give you a good chuckled. In our Longshot Apparel opinion, stay classic, add a little personal flair and get shirts that fit you well. No amount of makeup can come close to achieving that!
Born:August 28, 1982 in Belleville, IL (Age 29) High School: Belleville East (Belleville, IL)
Drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 38th round of the 2002 amateur draft. Signed June 6, 2002. Debut:April 5, 2008 Teams (by GP): Cubs/BlueJays 2008-2011 2012 Contract Status: 1st-Year Arb Eligible, 1 yr/$475k (11), 1 yr/$2.71M (12) (details) [*] Service Time (01/2012): 3.016, Arb Eligible: 2013, Free Agent: 2015 [*],
Randy Wells, the Chicago Cubs Pitcher is tall and lean, the perfect Longshot customer. In this shot Randy is wearing the Chesley, which I must say looks pretty fine on him. Go Randy, we’re glad to have you in the Longshot fold. Stand Tall!
People in positions of power feel taller, according to researchers. A series of experiments by American researchers found that there is a relationship between feelings of power and our self-perception of height. According to the research, from Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR), in New York, there is a physical experience that goes with feeling powerful.
Professor Jack Goncalo, who led the study, along with Michelle Duguid at Washington University, said the findings now raise a number of questions.
Professor Goncalo said: ‘Although a great deal of research has shown that physically imposing individuals are more likely to acquire power, this work is the first to show that the powerful may actually feel taller than they are.
‘Using different manipulations of power and measures of perceived height, we found that people literally perceived themselves as taller when they occupied a more powerful position.
‘Are world leaders less able to feel empathy and relate to the “little people” because they literally feel bigger?
World leaders: Sarkozy with Prime Minister David Cameron. The study found there is a physical experience that goes with feeling powerful ’Do short people attempt to capture power by physically elevating themselves above others? ’Would it be possible to psychologically empower people by giving them an office on the top floor?’
Charles and Ray Eames were a brilliant design force. And who hasn’t seen the classic Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman? I’ve always been like “Yeah, right…there’s another one of those lounge chairs.” But something clicked in my brain this weekend and I’ve come to realize this is the perfect chair not only for a 5’8″ woman like myself but for men who are tall. My good friends Christoph and Michael happened to purchase the Eames Lounge set during the big Herman Miller sale in December. With an extra 20% savings they scored the chair for something in the $3k range. In comparison to their native Germany, it’s a steal. After the special visit on Saturday to see the new Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman the ottoman component might be the most brilliant feature ever invented for tall men. And the leather and styling is breathtaking in person – so much better in a home environment then on the showroom floor, hotel lobby or issue of Atomic Ranch. Well, this is now in my sites for 2012. Maybe our next Longshot photo shoot prop budget? Mark and Sally will have to Indian leg wrestle me for it!
The Palm Springs retreat offered up a number a classic car sitings that are worthy of a posting on the Stand Tall site. When something is well-crafted and built with care it has the ability to last and be cherished – albeit by the classic car owner or a passer by on a cruiser bike much like myself. You simply cannot pass this classics without stopping to appreciate them. Check out these breathtaking beauties. Not sure which is my favorite. I could see myself in all three. Now this is design meant to last for decades.
We’ve noticed this and so has every other media entity. As the Huffington Post puts it Charles Barkley, the “Round Mound of Rebound” looks terrific, right? Ever since the NBA Hall of Famer became the spokesman for Weight Watchers’ “Lose Like a Man” campaign, he has lost 38 pounds (and counting). Barkley has been going on shows like “The Daily Show” and “Conan” to endorse the program. Judging by his svelte — by Barkley’s standards — figure, the program is working.
“I’ve been on weight watchers three months. I have to lose two pounds a week. I’m at 38 pounds now. They come and weigh me every two weeks. I ain’t never missed a weigh-in. Never going to… I’m feeling much better. But I ain’t giving away no money. I’m not giving away no free money. I thought this was the greatest scam going — getting paid for watching sports — this Weight Watchers thing is a bigger scam.”
Oh Charles. But hey, it’s to be expected right? WW and Charles are still on good terms. It’s not like he “Tigered” it or anything. But nonetheless the cool thing is that men are finally a focusing in this New Year’s seesaw of weight loss resolutions. It’s great to think that maybe one day more of America’s tall guys will actually be tall & fit and ready to wear something that is more like a great fitting shirts from Longshot Apparel vs. those typically big and tall tents. See more about the Lose Like a Man program from both the ad and a clip featuring the WW CEO below.
Here’s some tidbits on the latest tall guy happenings we’ve seen this first week of the new year:
1. Oh joy. Sahq has become an NBA analyst. I’ll admit I’m a little slow to watch much more than a few of the games on Christmas day, but after seeing this promo on TBS last night I might have got the gentle nudge to get my NBA hat on. I couldn’t resist watching all of his promos for the debut and making the big transition. He might be the funniest tall guy in the biz. I also love how Shaq makes Barkley look tiny.
What more? Here’s one of him doing a little song and dance number. Click to watch.
3. What ever happened to Kwame? Remember when Kwame Brown was drafted as the first superstar to go direct to the bigs from high school? This piece on ESPN by Jay Caspian Kang is an interesting read about when players don’t live up to their legacies.
4. Funny things from Conan this week – I did not know that Gary Oldham was not Old like his character Tailor Tinker Soldier Spy. Pathetic I know. But check out this clip. He might be short but what a set of pipes.
5. Conan joined Chris Isaak last night in a stirring rendition of Ring of Fire. Stirring you ask? Okay that’s embellishing but the tall red-headed Johnny Cash wannabe was playing the guitar pretty fierce. By the way – maybe the tallest country duo happening with Chris Isaak at 6 1/2″ and Conan at 6’4″.
6. A new record for the largest sushi-grade bluefin tuna was set this week in Japan. The friendly fish fetched $763,000 and weighed 593lbs. One tall fish – in some instances this fish is the weight of three tall & fit guys. Appreciate the fanfare and tradition but I wouldn’t want to eat it BBC
Okay, tallfully isn’t a word. But it’s a new year so why not try to coin a new word for the occasion? I’m experimenting with a different approach to kick off the New Year mindset – a vacation the first week of January. With skin all-too pallid to be attractive and feeling left out of the holiday resort vacation mentality four days in Palm Springs is doing what I had hoped.
Stationed at the Orbit In is a tall guys dream with extra long 60’s mod couches, pool loungers and complimentary cruiser bikes that just might fit. I dutifully hit the complimentary cocktail hour last night, watched the movie 300 and played some Belafonte on the in-room turntable. Yes, Harry B. was 6-footer back in the day. Other vinyl in my room is an odd combination of Dean Martin, Jackie Gleason and a compilation album of 1969 rock. Cinnamon Girl anyone?
Aside from all the stunning mid-century architecture, this area is a car lovers delight. While the typical luxury autos abound – I’m cataloging all the classic Mercedes, Ghias and Chargers I’m seeing. Those will be on here soon. Until then, Stand Tall and wear that sunscreen.
Tall men, take note. Charles Barkley has a new big and tall store concept. We’ve been waiting for inspiration here at Longshot Apparel and maybe he’s found the winning combination. Click on the below image to see the skit from SNL – it’s the one with the chicken wings – appropriate huh? It was a great way to kick off the first SNL show of 2012 but let’s hope that big and tall guys style (especially tall) is not going back to the late eighties.