By now I am sure you are wondering “Has Andrew lost his mind?”
No, I am not switching my focus from fitness on the road to fashion (Dear God how bad would I be at that!?!?) but I do have to tell you about the saga that has become ‘The Snow Leopard Pants’.
A few weeks ago while in Reagan International Airport, I saw pretty much the most hideous pants I have ever seen. They were so bad that I was among SEVERAL travelers who felt it necessary to take a picture of said pants. All I could comment about them was:
Little did I know how true that statement was. You see, as soon as I posted them to my Instagram (road_warrior_fit) my wife went on a crusade to find a pair. She canvassed social media looking anyone who knew where you could acquire these pants. It took one of her friends a whopping 5 minutes to find them, and in my size too. Evidently there is an app for that. So I am now the proud owner of my very own snow leopard pants!!
Well since this all played out on social media, what followed the acquisition of these pants was a public outcry for the debut of the pants. People did not want to just see them, they wanted to see them on me and in public. Well there was only one way I was going to let that happen
If I was going to be seen in public with these pants on, it was going to be right by her side. So a date was set for the debut of the Snow Leopard Pants, sushi and Pitch Perfect 2 was on the agenda.
Now as I mentioned, it takes a special kind of confidence to wear pants like these. The kind of confidence that only comes by becoming part of the joke. So I went into costume planning mode. Please notice the choice of the word costume. This was not an outfit, this was a costume. So I grabbed my Star Wars shoes (yes, I actually do own a pair), the Jersey Shore sunglasses and the one size too small Chewbacca t-shirt from my son. If was going out in those pants, it was going to be epic.
I thought I would be the laughing stock of my town but it turned out that if you laugh first, others tend to laugh with you instead of at you.
And my wife and I had a blast…….. because of the pants.
We were actively scanning for those who were noticing us (Ok, me. Ok, my pants) AND THERE WERE PLENTY!!
The #SnowLeopardPants hash tag was born.
People were actively looking to join us out and about to see the pants in person.
I was getting stopped by folks to talk about the pants. The local high schoolers actually liked them, took pictures with them and tweeted them out. The legend of the #SnowLeopardPants was born.
The best part was my wife and I did not stop laughing the entire night. It was the most fun we have had in a very long time……and we have fun together. For that reason alone, I highly recommend snow leopard pants for all Road Warriors. I keep myself in shape for nights like this. I wasn’t conscious of any body issue (and I have a few) or anything else except the ridiculous outfit and the attention it was getting. It was a therapeutic night for us both.
It was a great reminder to slow down and notice what is around you. I work hard when I am on the road so I can ease up a bit when I am home but if I hadn’t of slowed down and pulled my head out of my iPhone that evening at DCA, we would not have had such a wonderful evening and the legend of the #SnowLeopardPants would have never been born.
Since that night, as I run into people around town, the topic of the #SnowLeopardPants continues to come up. People loved seeing the saga unfold on social media. Evidently we were a trending topic among the 40-something parental set of North Texas. The other bonus was that anyone who actually clicked on the link to see the pants from Neiman Marcus have continued to see them come up in their Google and Facebook ads because evidently Neiman Marcus pays a lot for Facebook ads. If you would like to experience the gift that keeps on giving or to purchase your own Snow Leopard Pants, just click below and watch fun start.
So work hard but slow down and enjoy the world around you and maybe you will see me on the road. I’ll be the one in the Snow Leopard Pants.