As I sat home, behind the comfort of my computer, I realized that the threat of a storm had come and gone without effect. The meteorological system had moved further south and we only ended up with bits of rain and short gushes of wind. Some ventured to "thank God" for the blessing of being missed by the storm while conveniently ignoring how it is about to affect other people. Most worrying of all Haiti. I prefer to leave natural disasters, lived or avoided, out of any divine equation because that would force debates about God that at this point in my life I'd just rather not have.
Life is unfair, and senseless and sucks. More for Haiti than for Puerto Rico and God has nothing to do with that.
As people, locally, were complaining about how all the preparation was for naught (just as they would have later complained, probably at God, about the damage of the storm, had it come) I carried in my heart my own burden; I was bored. Having no money to go to the movies, I chose to go to Marshall's. There I viewed mostly shoes, with my attention focused on sneakers, and spent some time contemplating my own consumerist tendencies.
Then I thought of the new Lebron James sneakers, with a whooping cost of 315 dollars, and the reaction it has gotten. Some have jumped at the opportunity of dogging Lebron. Others at the exploitation that is now signature of Nike. While I, who usually spends no more than 20 dollars on a pair of shoes, wondered if this kind of animosity was drawn by other pieces of clothing. Do 100 dollar shirts usually get this hate? Do high-heeled shoes, that cost more, get a cultural analysis? Maybe I'm too centered in the sports world and have not ventured to the arguments of the general fashion and apparel world.