Vibram Fivefingers Sprint – Barefoot Toe Shoe


After getting the feel for my KSO Treks over the summer (read review of KSO Trek) I decided to get another pair of Vibram Fivefingers for a recent trip to the Bahamas. After searching the blogs and forums about wearing Fivefingers for swimming, I wanted to share my experience.

Choosing the Shoe

The KSO Trek is a great shoe but I knew I would need a different barefoot shoe that was more lightweight that would dry fast and hold up in salt water. Since the KSO Trek has a leather upper, I didn’t want to take the chance of exposing them to salt water. Since the Sprint has an upper made of polyamide fabric that slightly exposes the foot, it seemed like the best toe shoe for the situation.

The Sprint has the thinnest sole available which is great for situations where you know you will be on relatively tame surfaces such as sidewalks, roads, tile, dirt or grass… you get the idea. Compaired to the KSO Trek, the sole on the Sprint is noticably more thin as soon as you put them on. As a person who strays from the beaten path I was worried about this, since I wasn’t sure what I should expect to find. Those worries were quickly put to rest after exploring a trail that lead off into the woods. Once I reached a point where the only noise I heard was the breeze passing through the leaves, I left the trail to find my way through the woods to a beautiful beach, scattered with large chunks of jaged coral which I could easily walk accross comfortably. Other chunks of coral were erroded and had sand all over them, I was still able to get good traction and balance on these pieces of coral. That brings me to another point…

Traction, Balance & Comfort on almost any Surface

Fivefingers Sprint - Men's

Another one of my concerns was put to rest when dealing with wet surfaces. The razor siped sole handled very well from smooth wet vynil and tile to wet cobble stone roads. These soles are so thin, I could feel when surfaces beneath my feet were wet, without even getting my foot wet! That is how “barefoot” these shoes are!

Walking the sand on the beach on the other hand was somewhat of a hassle. Since part of your foot is exposed, it allows for sand to get into the shoe, which made for very uncomfortable walking. However, once you get in the water they rinse out very well. If you are a barefoot kind of person, you will most likely prefer to actually walk barefoot on a beach anyway. After all, who doesn’t love the feel of the beach beneath there feet. If you do need or want to wear a shoe on a sandy beach, the KSO would be a better choice.. After all “KSO” stands for “Keeps Stuff Out”. While hiking through the woods tredding through lakes and swamps and running up rocky mountain sides, I haven’t had anything get into my KSO Treks.

A Genaral Note: When Purchasing Vibram Fivefingers

Another note that deserves mentioning that applies to the purchase of any Vibram Fivefingers is the fit and comfort. While the size may be correct, I have experience discomfort due to a poorly sewn seam wich hurt my foot after wearing the shoes for an hour. If the shoe does not fit correctly, inspect it. If something doesn’t look right, send it back for an exchange. It pretty much goes without saying that these shoes do have a fit that is different than any other shoe. So, wear them around the house for a little while before sending them back. Before purchasing a pair of these shoes, consult Vibram’s website for sizing instructions and size charts.

Rustic Inn Crabhouse of Fort Lauderdale, Florida


When you are in Florida, one of the best things to get is seafood! So, we were looking around on the internet, for a good place to go, that our hotel shuttle would take us. We read a little bit about the Rustic Inn, a local, family owned crabhouse. After reading some reviews on the internet, we decided to go somewhere else. While riding the hotel shuttle, we stopped to pick up some passengers from the Rustic Inn. We just had to ask them what they thought of the place. They told us the portions were a good size, the crab was great and they loved it! It was obvious, these were people who liked food, so we were convinced. Prepared to wait an hour for a table by the kitchen we jumped out of our hotel shuttle and made our way into the packed restaurant. Before we had a chance to say anything, a waitress was prepared to seat us. As we were led to our table, we saw people hammering away at their crab with wooden mauls. Our table was set on “the old tug boat” which is literally, right on the river, providing a great view and great breeze through the open windows.

As we waited for our order, which was taken very promptly, we watched as people who had finished visiting and filling themselves with crab left and a table was quickly cleaned and filled with a new group. Since there are many options on the menu, you’ll want time to look over it. Despite how busy it was, our waiter was very quick about checking up on us to see if we were ready. That was fine, since we needed the time to decide. Our waiter was very brief with us since he was obviously in a hurry. However, he was not rude. There were three of us eating and I ordered the “All-Hands On Plate”. It included BBQ ribs, Alaskan Queen crab legs, jumbo shrimp, corn bread and seasoned fries. This plate was enough for me to split with one other person and all of it was amazing. The cornbread looked dry but to my surprised to find it was very sweet and moist. The ribs barely stayed on the bone, the crab was delicious in the side of butter and each shrimp took two bites to finish. We had read that the portions were small, but two of us split the plate and were full at the end, barely able to finish.

Overall, this was a good experience and we look forward to the next time we visit Fort Lauderdale, so we can eat here again! If you’re in town check them out too and let us know what you thought!

Visit Rustic Inn on the web: www.rusticinn.com

Netflix – the Easy way to Rent Movies!

Netflix.comFor the past few years Netflix.com has been my main source of movie rentals. For years, I rented movies from local movie/video rental places but was always disappointed by the limited selection. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am open to watching all types of movies but sometimes I just want to watch something different! With a membership to Netflix, you can find all of the movies you want to watch and many more. Many you have probably never heard of!

Before I go any further, here are just a few reasons I love Netflix so much:

  • Netflix knows what you like and suggests movies you will like!
  • Your next movie is mailed right away! So you can have a movie delivered every other day.
  • You can stream movies over the internet, on your computer or other Netflix-enabled device!
  • If a reckless postal worker gets his/her hands on your disc and breaks it, just tell Netflix and they send you a replacement! (I have only had to do this once in three years.)

Movie Suggestions by YOUR TASTE

Have you ever had a friend suggest a movie, and you like it… a lot? Netflix is sort of like that friend who knows what kind of movies you like. After rating a few movies you like, Netflix starts displaying movies on your “Suggestions for You” page, that appears when you log in. In my experience, I have had movies suggested to me that I have never heard of but decided to take a chance. About 90% of the time, the movies suggested to me are right up my alley.

Movies Delivered Promptly

For a long time, my account was for one DVD at a time. This was sufficient because I could watch the movie every other day. In between that time, I would watch a movie over the internet through Netflix. It is super easy. Once you send a movie back, Netflix gets it the next day and pretty much always mails the next movie to arrive the next day… even though I live in a rural area.


Netflix recently changed their membership options. The prices actually went down too! Unlimited streaming video is no longer a standard option with every membership. So, if you want to stream video, you must have a membership specifically for streaming video. Since my internet connection is very inconsistent (at its fastest is what we considered fast in the mid 90’s) I chose to upgrade my account to get two DVDs at a time. So far I am very pleased with this new setup.

Broken, Scratched or Unplayable Discs
In the past three years of using Netflix, I have had two instances where a disc was scratched and skipped so much I could not watch it. There has been one time, where I received a disc that was completely shattered. When this happens, all you have to do is log into Netflix and click “Report a Problem.” If you report that disc is unplayable, they send out a replacement as soon as possible.

Streaming Movies over the Internet

When I have had a good internet connection, I have watched videos on my computer, through Netflix and some other video services. There are many other websites on the internet that offer free accounts or paid memberships to watch television shows and movies online. However, they have commercials, other ads and sometimes when you think you are clicking a link to watch a show, it brings you to a preview instead. With Netflix, there have been some movies not available to stream but the selection is fairly good. You would think the video quality would be poor but I think its better than a DVD often times. This will differ depending on your internet connection. Netflix determines the quality of video based on your connection speed. This way you do not have to wait for the movie to buffer. Even with my slow internet connection, I have never been displeased with the quality of video.

Common Sense Rating – For Parents

One other feature I really like, is the “Common Sense Rating” from Netflix. This feature provides more specific details as to why a movie is rated a certain way and what ages it is most appropriate and not appropriate for. For example for the movie The Blind Side, the “Common Sense Rating” states the following:

…while it alludes to the prejudice that exists in certain situations, aside from a scene or two, it skirts the topic instead of truly tackling it, and some scenes depict characters who are blatantly racist. Still, Oher’s life story in inarguably encouraging. While language and sexual content are quite mild, you can expect a couple of brief violent scenes, references to drug use, and social drinking.

Also, it states specifically any occurrences of Sexual Content, Violence, Language, Social Behavior, Drug/Tobacco/Alcohol and even Consumerism. Here is another description for the movie The Blind Side:

Sexual Content
A husband and wife lovingly kiss and make out; references to “tapping that.” Some ogling.

Now, if you saw The Blind Side you would know that it was a family oriented movie. But the fact that Netflix states specifics like this can be very helpful to parents that are conscious of what their children view.

Conclusion

After a few years of uninterrupted service with Netflix, I would recommend it to anyone. They are quick to get new releases, the classics and have a wide selection of movies from around the world. With the suggestions provided by Netflix, you can keep finding movies you will like and read reviews from other people who have already viewed the movie. When you have dealt with a company for so long and have never had a reason to deal with a customer service representative, I consider it a good company.