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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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16th-Aug-2010 07:03 am
Happy birthday to popelizbet!

Hello to new readers 404_lost and cure4lupus!

State of the 'Song
Weary. Attending a friend's memorial is a bit like being punched repeatedly in the sternum. Also, third night in a row of interrupted sleep.

A Letter to a Pair of Boots
Dear Gilgarran Boots,

You are so TOTALLY AWESOME. But you are not worth $300 to me. Especially because the smallest size you come in is slightly too big.


PS: Gyar I need boots or even just shoes I can walk a few miles in. Recommendations? Cinderella's of Boston appears to only have three pairs of flats.

Link Soup
* My husband on why Death Proof is the worst Friday the 13th movie ever.
* Some views of Dr. Laura's latest racist fuckery.
* The Baby-Sitters Club, by Bret Easton Ellis.
* These cats disapprove of your shenanigans.

Link Soup: Daily Science Edition
* New gel could speed wound healing.
* A newly-discovered asteroid near Neptune holds several clues about the early formation of our solar system.
* Einstein@Home 'citizen scientists' discover a new pulsar in Arecibo telescope data.

Work, possibly a nap, then back to the office to a training. Nap is conditional upon exhaustion levels. Killing the time between work and moar work at the yarn store is also an option.
16th-Aug-2010 11:36 am (UTC)
Attending a friend's memorial is a bit like being punched repeatedly in the sternum.

This. :(
16th-Aug-2010 11:51 am (UTC)
While I disagree with your husband's assessment of Death Proof (because he fails to understand that these women are far more awesome than any previous prey), I am astounded to realize that he and I both wrote for Bookslut a lot. Yes, I realize it is laughable that I presumed it was two different Adam Lipkins. Please do not laugh.
16th-Aug-2010 12:40 pm (UTC)
The women are awesome, assuming you can ignore the fact that they left their innocent friend behind with a potential rapist as collateral for a car, but given the extreme differences in the circumstances in which they're attacked, there's no way to really determine how they'd have handled a well-prepared assault, or how the first group would have responded to a sloppy attack.

And I've actually encountered at least three other folks with my name online, so it's not that laughable to assume I might not be the same Adam Lipkin. :-)
16th-Aug-2010 01:05 pm (UTC)
In terms of boots, I don't know if you're looking for pretty or practical or both, but my Blundstone's have held up remarkably well for two years of almost constant wear. Super comfy and tough, just like me. :)

16th-Aug-2010 01:49 pm (UTC)
Agreed! I was just going to post to suggest those too.
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16th-Aug-2010 02:57 pm (UTC)
I love Clark's for shoes I can walk in for hours without pain (I have bad knees and ankles, and also weird deformities of the bones at the base of my toes, so shoes I can actually walk in are few and far between). I've never bought boots from them -- I don't like boots in warm weather, and for winters, I prefer hiking boots rated for outdoorsy activities. Their flats & sandals are amazing.
16th-Aug-2010 04:17 pm (UTC)
Attending a friend's memorial is a bit like being punched repeatedly in the sternum.
Yes. This.

Re Dr. Laura: Somehow, this doesn't surprise me. I listened to part of her show once, about 10 years ago, just because I was curious about what the fuss was about, and I found her to be overwhelmingly self-righteous and dismissive of her guests' concerns. I was also really turned off by her cult-style use of language, forcing people to speak in her own ritually-prescribed phrases ("I am my kids' mom," etc.).

That wound-healing gel is a major breakthrough - I hope it works as well in extended trials as well as it did in the initial trials. It's always a rough day whenever I end up typing wound care reports, because I know how little hope most of those people have.

16th-Aug-2010 05:18 pm (UTC)
I love my sketchers: I actally have sandals, because I live in Florida, but the sneakers are also awesome.

Boots: Son of Sandler, or Catskuls boots: these are both Renn. Faire vendors with the most comfortable boots EVER. Expensive, but both are guaranteed forever.
16th-Aug-2010 05:55 pm (UTC)
Keen - I don't have experience with the boots, but the shoes and sandals are such that I almost don't wear anything else. They last years, and they're frequently cute as hell.
16th-Aug-2010 07:28 pm (UTC)
Chuck Taylors are astonishingly flat and come in all manner of colors and sizes. Their website lists womens' sizes down to 4.5, and kids' sizes to juniors' 9-12. You could also lace them as loosely as you like, or get the low-top ones.

I also hear Taryn Rose makes good comfy shoes for ladies, but since I've made a lifestyle choice to only wear Chucks or paratrooper-combat boots, I'm out of luck.

Oh, I also have a pair of Merrells that I wear for airline travel and such - they're soft suede with a firm sole and are VERY comfortable. There's a good selection of Merrells on Zappos, though it looks like the adult ones start at size 5.

I hope this is at least somewhat helpful.
16th-Aug-2010 08:38 pm (UTC)
My usual recommendation is to find a pair of gently-used Doc Martens on eBay -- ones that were made in the UK, not the current Chinese-made versions. They are producing a few styles in the UK again (the Heritage line) but they are insanely expensive.

The person who suggested Converse isn't wrong either, though. Because the most important thing with both my Docs and my Converse is for me to wear my orthotics with them -- go to the Walking Company, stand on their sensor gadget, and buy what it tells you to buy. Then stick the resulting orthotics in a pair of Doc Martens or Converse, and you will be comfortable all day on asphalt or concrete, and stylish besides.
16th-Aug-2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
Based on your later post about feet, I thought I'd mention Birkenstocks. I live in them, pretty much year-round. A good Birk dealer can order your size in nearly any shoe, and the clogs are some of my favorite things to have on my feet. (When I lived in Sweden, I picked up a pair of their Mary-Jane style clogs because they covered my toes, were super comfy, and showed off my hand-knit socks with great flair. Highly recommended for the hand-knit sock folks of the world!)

The wide toe area is the main selling point here.
20th-Aug-2010 11:22 pm (UTC)
That sounds really, really good.
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