Saturday, October 23, 2010

Campaign for Change, but Wear the Right Shoes!

I dove into helping with the local Senate campaign recently.  I was calmly planning to watch from the sidelines this year....cheering....but not sweating.  Well, now I'm sweating.  Kansas can be a scary time at election as we seem to overwhelmingly vote against our own best interests.  Enough said.  I don't want to alienate all of my friends who feel very differently than I do about the future of Kansas politics.

But, I do want to share about shoes!  I took the opportunity to photograph the shoes of the three of us who were working/volunteering/slaving away last week at campaign headquarters.  These are Jan's.  She came to headquarters after spending the entire morning volunteering with the Master's Gardeners Club.  These are her Reikers, the most comfortable shoes she owns.  They are most likely the most expensive pair she owns because she bought them in Washington DC after a day on her feet in some wrong shoes!  She reports they have been worth every penny!

Sharon is wearing the campaign tried and true New Balance shoes.  She is an experienced campaigner, after more than thirty years of being involved in one campaign after another including her own in 2004.  If you are a first time candidate take her advice and invest in a good pair of walking shoes!  These will support you through many miles of door-to-door canvassing!  Well, unless you have special interest group money flowing in that enables you to hire others to do the sweaty canvassing work for you!

These are mine - Ariat boots that have served me well for a couple of years.  They have been through many, many airports because they are so comfortable and also easy to slip off and on for security clearance.  I never planned to buy these.  My daughter and husband flew to Nashville to meet me after some business meetings.  My daughter was planning to tell me she was pregnant.  We went downtown to see the original Grand Ol Opry House and around the corner was a boot store advertising "Buy One, Get Two Free".  We went in to check it out and before I know it my daughter is trying on boots.  I said, "Are we buying boots?".  And she said, "Well, of course!"  So I quickly went to my size and pulled these on to try.  They were so much more comfortable than any cowboy boot I had ever tried.  Kind of like the Fat Baby line, but these have squared off toes so I am not sure if they are still called Fat Babies.  But they have the same comfort insole system inside that means you can wear them all day.

Well, that's my update for now.  I haven't had much time for posting.  But I will start again after November 2nd.  Get informed about your candidates!  Look past the party lines and see the individuals who want to represent you!  Happy Voting!

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