September 29th, 2001

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Shoe Story

Next chronical in the life story of Spacefem: highlights of the life story of my feet. Feet are important parts of human, alright? They're weird looking, I'll give you that, but still very important and good at being sensitive to all the right things.

I hate most shoes and am very happy going barefoot most of the time. I think it's an open/naked sort of thing, I don't really like wearing a lot of clothes in general, I'd rather have minimal substance between the world and my plain self. So in the summer I go through sandals like mad. In the winter I wear sturdy running shoes so my feet don't get tired walking around campus all day. It was in high school I had a totally different phenomenon going on: I had to wear shoes but not sturdy ones, just really comfortable ones. That's when I discovered Converse All-Stars.

They're the perfect shoe. Once worn in, they're like slippers all the time. They're not really lightweight or sturdy and they don't provide a lot of support, but for some reason they blend in with your whole foot and you forget you're wearing them. I'm dedicating the rest of this essay to the memory of the pairs of Chuck Taylor's I've gone through in my life, what I did with them, and what they meant to me.

1: The Navy Flannel Pair
My first and most elegant cons, their outsides were made of soft blue flannel that wore away in a relatively short amount of time (about eight months) so mom threw them away. Darn you Mom! I was so mad. She bought me new ones, but they just weren't the same.

2: Sky Blue Shoes of Happiness
Light blue-gray canvas on feet, what's better? I loved these shoes and eventually dedicated them to something else I loved: The Smashing Pumpkins. My hands-down all-time favorite rock band, no contest, I worship them. I painted the left toe black and wrote ZERO on it in silver paint pen, the right toe had the red and black SP heart forever. I'd spend time every week maintaining shoe decorations, it got scarry.

3: Green With Random Sayings
I got the dark green cons during my mystic poetic phase, so these had words on them. Random lines from people, stuff I thought was funny, etc. The right toe said, in all capital letters, "STOP READING MY SHOE." People would wonder what it said, bend down to read it, and find out they weren't supposed to. Ha! That's funny, right?

4: Purple
Not much to say about the purple ones except they were purple. I put star beads on the laces to make them interesting, they came with purple laces too but anything other than white just seemed wrong to me by this time.

5: The Black Shoes of Darkness
Alright, time for convention, I got black ones. But I put glow-in-the-dark paint and shoe laces with them, so in my own private world when no one was looking they were really really cool.

6: Jenny's Maroon Shoes
My freshman year I met this girl, Jenny, who wore chuck's too. Wow! She gave me maroon low-tops for Christmas, I have her socks. Kinda the same. I'd never had lows before and they were kinda weird, but now they're among my favorites so it's okay.

I have big huge feet, so I was never able to find the mythical Cotton Candy Pink in my size (men's 8). Same with sunshine yellow, I was so mad about that. But I guess we live with these things. Also, the price of cons has gone up a lot in the past few years; there's an outlet by my house where I used to buy them for $14.99, now they're all $30. What gives? Damn capitalists. So that slowed down my purchasing too. But I'm basically of the belief forever that if you just want to hang around in comfy shoes, Converse All-Stars are the way to go.
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Survey time!

Gandalf did this, so I know everybody from IRC will, and well, I don't want to feel left out, so here goes:

1. LIVING ARRANGEMENT:
Dorm room, yeah!

2. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
The Cathedral And The Bazaar by Eric S. Raymond. I think he's insane.

3. WHAT'S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
Han Solo and Chewbacca in the cockpit of the millenium falcon. There are stars, it's in 3D.

4. FAVORITE BOARD GAMES?
I'm a card player, myself.

5. FAVORITE MAGAZINES?
The New Yorker.

6. FAVORITE SMELLS?
Nothing. Seriously, I'm a no-smell kind of girl, I'd rather not smell.

7. LEAST FAVORITE SMELLS?
Burned popcorn, BO

8. FAVORITE SOUND?
Music, computer humming me to sleep, dave's voice

9. WORST FEELING IN THE WORLD?
Like i'm stupid or useless (or both)

10. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU THINK OF WHEN YOU WAKE UP?
Yeah! Morning! Let's go wake people up! (I'm serious!)

11. FAVORITE COLOR?
blue, sage, light gray

12.HOW MANY RINGS BEFORE YOU ANSWER THE PHONE?
either 2 or infinity

13. FUTURE CHILD'S NAME?
Jordi, Data, and Troy. No, not really, but I'm stuck here because kids scare me so much.

14. WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT IN LIFE?
Being important to the people around you

15. FAVORITE FOODS?
Chocolate! Onion rings, ravioli, enchiladas.

16. CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA?
Chocolate (like, hello...)

17. DO YOU LIKE TO DRIVE FAST?
Sometimes. But it really really REALLY bothers me when I'm a passanger and the driver likes to drive fast. I think it's a good way to tell if a guy's an asshole or not.

18. DO YOU SLEEP WITH A STUFFED ANIMAL?
Sorry, no.

19. STORMS - COOL OR SCARY?
Snowstorms- cool!
Rainstorms- depends!
Lightning storms- usually not!

20. WHAT TYPE WAS YOUR FIRST CAR?
Since I still have it... red '94 ford (anal) probe

21. IF YOU COULD MEET ONE PERSON DEAD OR ALIVE:
Jesus. I'd ask him why so many of his biggest fans are so fucked up.

22. FAVORITE ALCOHOLIC DRINK?
Rum and lemonade!

23. YOUR ZODIAC SIGN?
Taurus.

24. DO YOU EAT THE STEMS OF BROCCOLI?
If they're little. I love broccoli!

25. IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY JOB YOU WANTED WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Hmmm... i'd be a part time concert cellist/freelance writer/website designer/network administrator/open-source programmer/interior designer/physicist. Ooh.

26. IF YOU COULD DYE YOUR HAIR ANY COLOR WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I don't really want to dye my hair. Interesting concept though.

27. EVER BEEN IN LOVE?
yes

28. IS THE GLASS HALF EMPTY OR HALF FULL?
half full.

29. FAVORITE MOVIES
Star Wars, anything with Jackie Chan (esp. Rush Hour, Police Story, Who Am I), Fried Green Tomatoes.

30. DO YOU TYPE WITH YOUR FINGERS ON THE RIGHT KEYS?
yup! have since I was like 10.

31. WHAT'S UNDER YOUR BED?
art supplies, trash.

32. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE NUMBER?
#D00060

33. FAVORITE SPORT TO WATCH?
Track!

34. SAY ONE NICE THING ABOUT THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU:
Gandalf is really, really smart.

35. PERSON YOU SENT THIS TO THAT YOU THINK IS MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND?
I dunno.

36. PERSON YOU SENT THIS TO WHO IS LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND?
These questions are irrelevant...