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40 Year Old Virgin- The Power Of Jays

1989 was a long time ago.  

For my dear buddy Phil, it was the first time he stole a nonchalant glance at the black and red Air Jordan 4.  

A lot has happened since 1989.  

  • Girlfriends have come and gone.  
  • Hairstyles have come and gone. 
  • Honda and BMW cars have come and gone.
  • Old condos have come and gone. 

A lot has happened since 1989.

  • Opportunities to relive the carefree glory days have nearly evaporated. 
  • Groomsmen have been married off.
  • High end homes have been acquired.
  • Corporate jobs have been obtained.

However, some things haven’t changed since 1989.

  • Jokes about childhood pranks are still funny. 
  • A delicious burger (or any delectable slab of meat) still elicits eerily giddy feelings. 
  • Crude humour about flatulence is still moderately funny. 
  • Specifically for my buddy Phil, he still has a lingering childhood want for a pair of black and red Jays with the netting on them.  

Wait a tick tock, you don’t stop stop.  

– Colour Me Badd (borrowing from Slick Rick & Doug E. Fresh’s La Di Da Di)

How does a 40 year old, corporately successful friend like Phil, still yearn for a pair of Air Jordans he saw back in 1989?

That’s the power of Jays.  

Jays were, and to some extent, still are a status symbol of popularity, success, and wealth.  

While neither Phil, nor my friends from the golden sneaker era, ever judged each other based on our footwear choices, on-foot sneaker selection has become culturally ingrained into our psyche. 

On a recent trip to Portland, Phil rocked a pair of nondescript black Nike Freerun that looked like this. 

Nondescript Nikes.
What are thoooose?

After an impromptu trip to IndexPDX, Phil the 40-year-old Jordan virgin found his pair.  While not the black and red pair 4s from 1989, this particular pair of Satin 5s met his criteria. 

Phil’s Jordan selection criteria. 

  • Must have netting.
  • Must be black and red.
  • Must be Jordan 4s or 5s.
  • Must be the right price. See said purchase below.  

Peep Phil’s pair of Jordan 5s in the satin finish.  

40-year-old superstar.

Behold the power of Jays.

Better late than never. Right Phil?

Stay Solefullylaced,

Kev Zool

Published in Keville


  1. Dwight S. Dwight S.

    Hope Phil waxed his sh!t before slipping those on to pop that cherry?

    • kev zool kev zool

      He had the smoothest feet in town!

  2. ralph zool ralph zool

    nice pickup.

    expecting the accompanying videos of some spin moves and ankle breaking.

    • kev zool kev zool

      It was quite the journey to secure these kicks. A nice pick up indeed.

      He doesn’t play basketball…..shhhh

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