February 20, 2002

You go girls

Well, maybe I won't do the "I am the only one who..." poem. href="http://mechaieh.diaryland.com/onlyone.html">Mechaieh and SWooP seemed to
have covered fairly thoroughly what I would have said in their versions. Or maybe
I will, anyway, if I get any ideas, because I like the first line and because I'd
say it differently, anyway.

Job prospects are looking up a little, as
three major aerospace companies out here seem to be doing some hiring. Today I
have a non-interview -- it's with a company to whom an acquaintance forwarded my
resume. They're not actually hiring now, but thought the resume looked very good
and they're in my town, so they invited me out. (They want to both meet me and use
me as market research to get an opinion on their product.) It won't lead directly
to a job, but should be interested, and lets me do a bit of

At rowing today, I was in an eight, so got to work on an
entirely different set of calluses than the ones I began rebuilding

Since I am smaller than the average athlete, in just about
every sport but gymnastics, horseracing (the jockeys, not the horses) and T-ball,
I have always liked the companies that specialize in woman-specific gear and
equipment. Most of them try hard to serve their customers; href="http://www.titleninesports.com/">Title 9, for example, uses real women
athletes in their catalog pictures, and tells you straight out which sports bra is
good for who doing what. Moving
, though I've had a few issues with their href="http://dichroic.diaryland.com/brarants.html">sports bras either not
coming in my size or having seams that chafe, in general makes great products that
even get into the mainstream sporting goods stores. But yesterday I was browsing
through a Terry catalog and saw
something I'd never seen before.

href="http://www.terrybicycles.com">Terry specializes in women's bike gear
that they sell both directly via catalog and website and in bike stores. Their
most famous product is a bike seat with a strategically located cutout, so that
you're not putting all your weight on sensitive parts. And trust me, a mountain
bike ride on a standard seat can leave a girl feeling slightly, um, tenderized,
and not at all in the mood to see what other adventures can be had using those
body parts. Over the years, they've expanded to cover a full range of cycling gear
for women, from clothing to complete bikes. I don't know how new this latest thing
is for them, but it's something I haven't seen elsewhere: they sell cycling
clothes in plus sizes. Not only that, they sell good-looking cycling
clothes in plus sizes. Not only that, they show some of them modeled by plus-sized
women. (Plus sized model women, so they're still tall and gorgeous and probably
barely into the size range, but anyway.) I don't actually wear plus sizes (and I
suppose the fact that I even feel the need to say so shows some latent prejudice)
but I love the idea that they're catering to anyone who wants to ride, not making
assumptions that only people who are a certain shape want to do sports. Yay,
Terry. Power to the women.

I should probably note here that both
Terry and Title 9 also sell maternity sports clothing.

Posted by dichroic at February 20, 2002 04:59 PM
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