Modern Day Jerusalem Cruisers

Casey & his signature orange bag

In contrast to my usual smoking weed and thinking about getting stuff done, I actually got some stuff done yesterday! When I woke up I took the bus to Jo’s house, where we made eggs and hungout until I returned on the same bus I rode in upon; this time with Jo. She worked from 5 to midnight. I waited at the hostel where she works, and I live, for my roommate Casey to arrive, then both him and I headed to Westfield Mall. The mission was simple: Try On Shoes, specifically Keen Newport’s, but lets be honest, any Keens would do. The trip turned out to be a disappointment in regards to shoes; The Walking Company let me down, as they no longer carry Keen’s in the store. Casey later made a reference to“The store where those people were assholes to us,” and upon him prompting my memory I agreed that the employees of The Walking Company had been quite off-putting, and didn’t seem interested in my feet the least bit. I am a hard person to please, and I always ask a lot of questions; these folks hardly seemed up to the task. I had chosen The Walking Company because it’s a store I have heard of. Last I was aware there was one at Mayfair Mall in Milwaukee WI, and although I never stepped foot in there I always felt as if someday I would. That time came in San Francisco, and look what shambles my expectations have shattered to! The eventual outcome: I purchased Keen’s from the Keen website last night, and I have a strong suspicion I am going to be pleased with the product I receive. My Grandfather helped me purchase these shoes, and without him my heels would be doomed this summer. Oh my! I didn’t realize what a rambling session I was getting myself into when I began to write this morning. So as yall may or may not know, several months ago I bought myself a new pair of shoes manufactured by the brand Born. Well, I walk just about 100 miles every month, according to Google, and the result is that I have punctured a hole in my Born shoes. Quick af!

Three Months Old, Born!

I spent $70 on the Born shoes AT A NORDSTROM RACK. Am I disappointed in the shoe? Honestly, no. I am disappointed in myself for believing this shoe would hold up to my lifestyle. I should have bought Keen shoes AND these Born shoes at the same time, then I’d have a nice rotation to keep my shoes, and my feet, in grand condition. With the conclusion of this paragraph, I have decided I am going to write an email to Born Shoes; a plea for them to return the shoes I bought 3 months ago to good working order. I am not expecting anything, but I must try!

The second of 2 VIT’s (Very Important Thing’s) I accomplished yesterday was: I Finally Printed Business Cards! Hooray! I am quite happy with the end result, and I am maintaining the idea that my cards will get better over time; this being only my first batch. I bought 500, and I went as cheap as I could find. I intend to also purchase business cards of a higher quality for more Personal Exchanges. My excitement at the prospects of business card shopping can hardly be contained. Perhaps I will share with you what I learn through this upcoming research. It has come to my realization that I do pretty detailed researching on many items before I sometimes purchase, and sometimes don’t. I could teach yall a lot and I just don’t, which is foolish.

Saw a guy repainting the Vinton Court Steps on the way home! Why??

For instance: I just took a trip into a store called Standard & Strange the other day and learned a lot about Leather Boots. I spoke to a young women with large glasses who was extraordinarily helpful. I learned about Vibrim Soles, Buff Leather (looks like suede, holds up like steel), what a Good Year Welt is, and just overall How To tell a good Leather Boot from a Mediocre one. A trip to Standard & Strange is a holistic experience, I recommend the store to anyone who has an interest in high quality clothing. Seriously! Standard & Strange is the PREMIER Men’s Clothing Store in the Bay Area, and that is because the people have PASSION! Follow them on Instagram! If you’re reading this from Milwaukee, checkout the Standard & Strange website and change your whole demeanor with a new pair of denim! I don’t know why the West Coast is further ahead then the rest of America, given The Internet, but they have the right idea out here! Spend your money on ITEMS THAT LAST and you will be HAPPY! Standard & Strange, I am sorry I didn’t make any purchases from your store. I decided leather boots would be too hot for travel around South East Asia. I was also reminded what a wake up call it would be if a pair of $400+ boots became a burden to me! I do not believe I will have the luxury of purchasing a third footwear item this year…Thus alas! My dream of being a leather boot owner will have to wait! Maybe when I travel Europe! Someday…

Chris

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