#1

Welcome welcome welcome!!! It’s time for my last magical cool thing of the Top 5 Coolest Things I Learned from reading The Tall Book by Arianne Cohen. It’s been a long time coming and I’m sure that you’ve been waiting with baited breath for this last of the top five. If you missed the ongoing coverage, you can see any of the previous 4 coolest things by checking out these links to #2, #3, #4, #5. But for now, let’s move onto….

The Number 1, coolest thing I learned from reading The Tall Book is:

#1: Tall Clubs That Improve Tall Lives

I know that I have written before that there are tall clubs, which is pretty neat. There are conventions where tall people go to meet, exchange information and most importantly they do things to improve the lives of tall people. The big take away I got from it though was the fact that while tall people are more likely to make a lot of money and be in positions of power, it is still pretty hard to convince companies or the government to do anything special to accommodate us. Take, for instance, the California King Bed.

It took the first tall club ever, founded in Hollywood, using the logic of “It’s not just for talls, it’s for large families that only have one bed” as logic to convince manufacturers that such a large bed would be marketable. This was a long time ago, back in the 40’s or so, when it was much more common to see poor families sleeping in one family size bed for a variety of very non-incestuous reasons. But the most important thing to take away is the fact that in order to get change for us we have to market it as change for people of average height.

And that’s it for me this week! Orientation for the incoming class at B-school is next week. IS EVERYONE AS EXCITED AS I AM!!!! WHOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

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Burn this wedding

Saturday, after spending a Friday night preventing a total stranger from dying of alcohol poisoning (that was a bonding experience for all involved), I went to a friends wedding in Golden Gate Park next to the Conservatory of Flowers. Only it was…. slightly different than most.

I want to use words to describe it, but really the photos/video do it more justice. I regret not bringing my full on, heavy duty professional grade video camera so I could share it better. Apologies.

A number of the people involved go to Burning Man every year. Whatever one might think of the actual Burning Man event, this is the kind of thing they do the rest of the year. The groom is one of the 5 other people I work with to put on the “Bring Your Own Big Wheel Race” every year and he also works to organize other free/fun events in the city.

And while Burning Man may be associated with less wholesome activities, this wedding was very mellow with a number of park goers coming out to watch the fun people who could care less what anyone things about them throwing one of the funnest weddings ever. Completely sober, completely in public and completely awesome. Check it out here.

How does this relate to height? The guy in the picture below, mid ceremony, turns around as I am opening my beer. He looks at me and says “Damn, you’re tall.” Even at a wedding full of some of the most creatively dressed wedding guests, that guy (don’t let the pink wig fool you) I still stand out like a sore thumb. *sigh* Enjoy the photos 🙂