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hispet reverts to mainstreamASHEVILLE, NC — Derek Loy has been living the hipster lifestyle for the past two years, but after his bank account began to dwindle, he reverted to mainstream customs.

“I tried my best,” said Loy, “I really did. I was juicing regularly, eating local and organic, and was doing my best to only drink craft beer. Unfortunately, my bank account just couldn’t handle hipster living.”

Loy said the added stress on his bank account caused him to revert to a more conventional lifestyle, that he enjoyed in his pre-hipster years.

“All the stuff I was doing was great. Kale salads and IPA’s are delicious, but you know what’s also fantastic: cheap stuff. Bud light, frozen chicken and pizza, Coke. Was I saving a lot of money on clothes? Absolutely. I mean, I was buying stuff from thrift stores that homeless people probably wouldn’t wear. And, because I rarely showered, my water…

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This is one of my secret guilty pleasures. I like to spend time alone at my local cafe/coffee shop. When I say “guilty pleasure” I know I make it sound like I’m hiding some illicit activity, but sitting in the coffee shop is not even the slightest bit naughty. In fact, it may even sound vanilla &/or mundane. Hey! This is MY pleasure, guilty or not. I call this a “guilty pleasure” because I do in fact feel slightly naughty/guilty for taking this time out of my day to sneak out of the house (I work from home) for a few short hours.

There is a big box coffee shop a few streets down from my house. A few times a week, I like to bring my noise-canceling headphones, my mobile phone (a.k.a. Alphonse), & my iPad (a.k.a. Richard) & just sit in a corner sipping my coffee drink & eat a pastry while listening to music &/or surf the Internet. Yeah, sure. I can do the exact same thing at home. I can brew my own pot of fresh coffee. I can sit in front of a larger computer & even surf the Internet in my slippers & house clothes. However, the coffee shop provides an escape, leaving the confines of an overly familiar place.

When I’m sitting in the coffee shop I feel like I’ve actually “gone out” even though I’m not that far away from home. I get the feeling as though I’m out of the house. I also like the feeling of being around an ever-changing environment full of strangers without having to interact with any of them. I love the smell of coffee & warm pastries, the dull buzzing sounds of machines, conversation, & cars passing through the bustling parking lot. From time-to-time a random stranger will approach me & ask a question or offer an unsolicited piece of advice (usually I get these advice from much older gentlemen), but mostly I am ignored. I don’t mind. I like being cocooned in my tiny little bubble, nestled in my “usual spot”, sipping my now lukewarm caffeinated beverage.

If the seats weren’t so uncomfortable, I could probably while away a couple of hours here at this coffee shop. I usually spend only 1 hour (at most 2 hours) here, then I pack up my belongings & head home to finish my work & chores. (I must say that I am extremely fortunate to be able to work from home.) Spending this private time at the coffee shop brings a little piece of relaxation in my daily routine of working at my desk job, doing household chores, & care taking for my shattered-and-put-back-together family. Then, when I get home I am refreshed & ready to get back to work. I don’t do this every day, just once or twice a week. It is my little escape.

Well, it’s time for me to go home. My time is up. Cheers.

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In many (if not all) Asian cultures, it is extremely common to wear slippers, not flip flops & not sandals, but house slippers. Traditional customs state that outdoor shoes are to be removed before entering one’s dwelling & slippers are to be worn inside of the home. I am Asian, so it feels like second nature for me to wear slippers at home. In fact, I feel rather uncomfortable not wearing slippers around the house.

In most Asian homes it is customary to remove one’s shoes before entering the home. This is to avoid bringing outside dirt &/or bad energy into the home. (Leave all that negativity at the door folks.) The slippers help to cover/protect one’s feet & to provide some warmth during those cold weather days. I am a 100% advocate of wearing slippers.

I’ve been wearing slippers for as long as I can remember. I remember my very first “official” pair of slippers. They were the clichéd bunny slippers, but I can stand firm that they were much cuter than the bunny slippers of today. They were fluffy, white & had floppy ears with just enough floppiness to be adorable but not obnoxious to walk in. The soles were made of a stiff plastic material, so I could also wear them outside for short periods of time (as long as it wasn’t soaking wet outside.) the bunny face on the front actually looked somewhat lifelike & cute, not cartoonish in the least. Even as I had worn out the heel insole, I wore those slippers until my feet were overstretched & could no longer fit them.

Today, I am a firm believer in the slipper movement. I wish more people would get on board with wearing slippers around the house. It is so warm & inviting…like coming home to a warm hug…but on your feet. Especially when the weather has turned cold, slippers make a big difference in keeping one warm while lounging. They’re just all around great to wear every day. Both men & women can wear slippers. Hell, even Hugh Hefner wears slippers (with his silk pajamas). The character George Banks from the Mary Poppins movie sings about wearing slippers (with sherry & pipes). Even Audrey Hepburn’s character Eliza Doolittle throws a pair of them at Rex Harrison’s character Professor Henry Higgins in a fit of passion/anger in the movie My Fair Lady. See guys? You can wear them too!

Slippers come in a wide variety of colors & types. So, don’t think they only come in the fuzzy, pink, froo-froo Isotoner variety meant only for housewives who watch sappy talk shows & eat Bon Bons all day. I’d suggest trying to wear slippers for one day. You can buy a cheap pair of slippers at IKEA for $2.99USD. If you like them, keep them. If not, then feel free to toss them out. Slippers: they’re fun to wear. I even throw mine in the washing machine when they get dirty. Yes, some slippers are even machine washable! Give it a try. You might like it. Cheers!

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