Susan is a strategist and creative thinker/tinkerer who lives in Portland, OR. She seeks energy and inspiration from seeing other cultures and found objects in her daily consultancy business. Additionally, she's one of the founders of Longshot Apparel and has many tall friends in need of clothing that finally fits.
TheVoice coach dressed as an elf king? Little people and all helped the 6-foot-5-inch country star usher in his first holiday special last night. And better yet? Blake Shelton, tall guy extraordinaire, lead all Monday night ratings with the “Blake Shelton’s Not So Family Christmas”. Whoop whoop.
As reported on Taste of Country, the show kicked off with a funny sketch of Shelton singing ‘Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire’…in an elf costume. That’s right, Shelton was sporting red tights, a green robe and a felt crown. As a group of little people dressed as elves, children and turkeys filed onto the stage, the country singer kept arguing with his director about how politically incorrect the entire set was. Finally, Shelton gave up and used some — um, colorful language — before getting beat up the other actors.
It was tame, sweet and funny. Especially the Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer animated special. Let’s just say there’s a hunting scene.
If Tom Cruise played Santa would they surround him with little people? I doubt it. Only the tall truly get to be the target of full-scale heightism. But Blake Shelton is a good sport and a credit to down-to-earth tall men everywhere.
Blake Griffin has been pushing this for a while now with some funny TV spots. Am I the only one who think he looks like Little Orphan Annie made over for hoops? There, I said it. It would be different if he wasn’t wearing the iconic red sweatsuit. How do you guys feel about driving KIAs? There’s a few on them on the road these days and I’ve stared a few minutes too long to see if it was maybe a Hyundai. But I wouldn’t drive it.
Perhaps the Hyundai 3-door Veloster is more your style. One tall person, laying at a diagonal – now what a concept if you really want to fit in it.
I happened across a debate over which side the TP should hang – only on the internet could this ever happen. Thanks to a favorite design site Apartment Therapy, the vote is on. Amongst the fabulous toilet images was this one. No matter what height you could have some pretty stellar access. This made me laugh thinking back to days at my boyfriend’s apartment – being super tall at 6’7″ he had mounted the TP roll at his perfect grab and go height. For my purposes it was a great place to lean the side of my head against if I was still half asleep or having a slow day of it. Any others in the same boat out there?
. 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!
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.