New Shoes

I have worn Birkenstock sandals for years. I like kicking them off, the back strap keeps them on my feet. I learned to like them from Bill, my old boss at ZyLAB who wore them, and my nephew Bryan who wore them in winter in Minnesota. That inspired me to get black Milanos, and I have gone through many soles and several pairs.
Recently, Molly, my physical therapist, encouraged me to change shoes, even though she wore Birks all day in the office. She said that the cork footsole does not have enough cushion for me with the hip and knee problems. She recommended Keen shoes. The other problem I have with Birks is in the snow and ice, Birks might as well be porous Teflon. I need something with teeth.
We found ourselves in a local shoe store in Crystal Lake, Village Shoes, and asked about Keens. The girl pointed me at some, but they were more of a boot, did not have any the were easy on and off ala sandals. So she brought me over to see Merrell Encore Groove Black J66429. I tried them and have worn the heck out of them since. Very comfortable, aggressive tread, easy on and off clog style. You can hide them under jeans easy. But, since they are the gloss black leather, they look a little goofy with socks, which I need to wear with them. Or else.
So we were in REI the other day, and I poked around the sale shoe rack. I found Keen Wear Around Slip Ons 1450, in Monkey Wood color. The soles are a little stiffer than the Merrells, and the heel is a little higher to make putting them on harder. The color is a nice olive drab, and a little less “formal”. And REI had them marked down from $90 to $49.83, and half off of that! Great shoes for $25!
I usually hate shopping, but this time it paid off.

Good Earth — or not?

I drink a lot of tea at work, especially. One coffee in the morning, then green tea all day. I usually mix something fun, like a chai or Constant Comment Green, with a plain green.

I was looking at the back of the Good Earth Vanilla Chai and saw “A TATA Enterprise”. Most Americans might think that a teabag is a strange place for a tacky pseudonym for “breast”, but to a software developer constantly wondering about outsourcing, this is a known beast. The Tata Consultancy is a huge software developer/outsourcer in India, and the parent conglomerate is the Tata Group.

Went to Good Earth’s website. They were acquired in 2005 by the British Tetley who was acquired in 2000 by Tata. Nothing is simple anymore.

Look Homeward Angel

We went to see this play, adapted by Ketti Frings from the book by Thomas Wolfe at Johnsburg High School. They were presenting it as a warmup on their way to presenting it at the Illinois High School Theater Festival downstate.

The auditorium is in the round; we sat in the 3rd row. The sets were comprised of several platforms to represent the bedrooms, and other areas of the boarding house, and the stone shop and yard.

Wow. These “kids” are good. The Eugene Gant character (by Steve Guardi) was haunted, the mother, Eliza Gant (Mandi Soos) was insane, the father W. O. Gant (James Anderson) was kind of good hearted but a raging alcoholic, and according to Bette, the family was consistent with an alcoholic family. The brother Ben (Jeff Leber) coughed so hard we thought he would lose a lung.

If they don’t win something for this play, it’s a crime. Good luck y’all.