April 29, 2012

Shoes and Jazz

They did NOT have pink shoes at the Red Wing store, which so totally bummed me out, because although I'm not a pink kind 'o gal, I really wanted kick a$$ girl shoes. I had totally bought into the idea.

Instead I have these awful white ones that make me look like I'm morphing into the Stay Puff Marshmallow man from the feet up. And they're heavy. They are tennis shoey, but very white. I was looking to not spend the big bucks. As it was they were more than I wanted to spend.

The fitting of the shoes is very odd. This is the first store I've ever gone to where they actually sell wide shoes, which is what I wear. I'm a 7 1/2 Wide, but because I can't get wide shoes, I always wear an 8.

So when the young man brought me my 7 1/2 W shoes, I wondered, "Can I wear a... 7?" I had him bring me out one to try on.

Here's the thing about steel toed shoes. You can't press on the toe to see how much room you really have. And although they felt right, I'm not buying another pair and Son#4's Mom, who came with me, made a good point, I can wear thicker socks with the 7 1/2.

So that's what I have. Screaming WHITE shoes. I'm keeping sandals in my car.


We had the band banquet last night and it went very well. As a thank you gift, they bought me a beautiful silver bracelet. I absolutely love it... and it warms my heart.

Financially, my kids' school is doing very poorly. There are many reasons, of which I won't go into, other than the repressed economy is not helping, but with the budget deficit, they are letting teachers go or not replacing them.

They let our assistant band director go. She will not be returning next year.

I feel like... I can hear the death rattle in the school.

Unless some big big changes are made, I don't see the school surviving another five years. I just have to get Mr. T out of there in time.

The unfortunate thing is... I know that my kids are getting a damn good education. There are things that piss me off and a couple teachers suck, but I work enough with public school teachers to know that the suckage is higher there than with what we are experiencing.

As I've been known to say, "There is no educational utopia..."

Unlike the public schools that cut the arts first, our school cut the arts LAST. It makes me nervous for next year...


When we were in NOLA, the kids got a private performance at Preservation Hall.

Let me state up front... I hate Jazz. It does not speak to my soul. I find it meanders and there isn't much of a structure. The only thing I dislike more than Jazz is that Rap/HipHop music.

So I went into the performance with very very low expectations. It was just something on the tour list of things we were to do.

And they blew me away. The music... it didn't touch your soul, it grabbed hold of it and draped itself around it like a warm sweater on a cool night.

The kids were bouncing in their seats. We were clapping and singing. We had the BEST TIME ever.

I was totally blown away. I may still not like Jazz, but I LOVE the Jazz at Preservation Hall. I love New Orleans Jazz. I highly recommend it.

And I had parents come up to me at the band banquet and tell me that their kids were so touched by the performance, they've signed up for Jazz Band next year.

That alone... was worth it.

Posted by Boudicca at April 29, 2012 09:13 PM

I'm curious, have you tried New Balance? They were the first pair of shoes I had that actually fit right, and I have very wide feet (4E) I'm not sure if the women's version is the same, but I'd imagine they have various widths available as well.

Posted by: Andrew Phule at April 30, 2012 10:39 AM

I hate shopping for work boots. We are required to wear steel toes with metatarsal guards. It's like wearing a five pound weight on each ankle. I constantly stumble over my own two feet. Which isn't good 'cause I do that in barefeet as well. Just be glad you don't have to wear them every day like I do.

Posted by: sticks at April 30, 2012 04:03 PM

Amazon has those pink boots....and I am seriously considering getting me some. But, I too have wide feet, and all the reviews say they run small. So, I dunno. I have the worst time with shoes. I often joke that I can't wait till I'm wheelchair bound so I can wear the most outrageously tall, stacked, platform heels that nobody in their right mind should be walking in! (And given that I just broke my ankle while walking around my house in bare feet, the wheelchair scenario may not be far off!)

Posted by: DogsDontPurr at April 30, 2012 11:11 PM

If you just really can't abide white, have them dyed.

Posted by: pam at May 1, 2012 10:57 AM

Damn I'm with you - I'd want the pink ones too! Really how excellent would that be. LOL.

As for the Jazz you probably hear most often - the more modern stuff - yeah it does nothing for me. However, my husband and I listen to a most incredibly excellent show on a local NPR station called The Jazz Decades. It's all repeats now as the late great Ray Smith passed away about 2 and a half years ago. How I wish I could have met him - he was 87 and still doing his weekly show that he started in 1958!!! His bio is here:


We've found we love jazz from the late 1920's early 1930's which has its very own style and is nothing at all like today's music. Had I not listened to Ray's show I would never have known about Coleman Hawkins (now a favorite but little known). I also like some more contemporary stuff like Oscar Peterson. Anyhow, they do have some of his stuff online if you want to check it out sometime:


Happy listening. :-)

Posted by: Teresa at May 1, 2012 09:48 PM

I send my kids to a private school. They are also not doing to well either and I'm not sure how long they will be able to keep it up. The bad part is that the new principal is NOT helping. I'm worried that they will not last another couple years unless they make big changes. I.E. new principal, new athletic director, etc. Makes me wonder what they are thinking.

Posted by: Scott (Retirerd Navy CPO) at May 2, 2012 10:43 AM