Starbucks leaves me breathless.

September 11, 2005

Last night I abused corporate largesse. I entered a Starbucks® Coffee shop and took 2 large green straws and 2 smaller clear straws. I did this not for the consumption of a tasty Starbucks beverage, but instead to experiment with the training technique of breathing through a straw. I don’t think taking Starbucks’ straws for such a purpose was a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DCMA), but as the guy at is learning it could be.

These straws, combined with my $3.78 purchase of 2 Speedo Competition Nose Clips gave me all I needed for not one but a pair of poor man’s hypoxicators. After experimenting with a full-length narrow gauge straw earlier in the day and getting headache, I switched to a large Starbucks’ straw cut in half. In the picture above you can see Soyan (very graciously) modeling the get up. Now you can see why we only use it at night.

We walked 1.2 miles (yeah for gmaps pedometer) and discovered that it was, indeed, more strenuous than normal walking. As a side effect of breathing only through the straw, there was a simultaneous saliva build up in the front of my mouth and dry mouth in the back.

It was an interesting experience, but I’m not sure if I’ll continue it. Aside from looking like a dork, it is hard to chat while we walk. Additionally, despite lots of poking around on the web I can’t really find any additional intelligent discussion of the technique, but I did however stumble across another odd piece of equipment: Power Breathe a $50 pump system that purports to strengthen lung muscles. It looks ridiculous, but clearly I am ok with that already.

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