Tuesday, September 27, 2011


File this one under, It Isn't Even October Yet, and I Know It's Going to Be One of Those Semesters:

(Photo Credit: Moose, on the campus of QTU, 9/27/11)

Moose had an 11 o'clock meeting this morning down in the Main Administration building at QTU -- you know, where such lofty personages as the president, the provost, and several dozen vice presidents of this or that extremely important thing nibble away at what's left of the soul of the institution do their extremely important work. Per usual, Moose was just a teensy bit late because she had spent the morning trying for the eleventy billionth time to figure out the new Facebook feed system rereading the beginning of Orlando for today's trans lit class. While getting dressed, she pulled an old pair of shoes out of the back of the closet, thinking they might look nicer with today's snazzy new outfit than her default work shoes. (Moose 2.0: She eats less and shops more.) She put them on and thought, "Oh, yes, much better than the clogs, comfy as those are." Away she went, feeling that extra little bounce a girl gets in her step when clothes and shoes are in happy harmony and every hair is more or less in place.

You know where this is going, don't you? Walk with Moose, as she makes her way down the long mall that comprises the bucolic heart of the QTU campus. It's a humid morning, so within a few minutes the good hair begins to wilt. Much more distressing, however, is that by the time she reached the bottom of the hill leading to the administration building, the bounce in Moose's step had become an awkward flap, flap, thud. She looked down and realized with horror that the heel of one of her shoes had come off. A small light flicked on in the back of her middle-aged mind. Oh, she thought, perhaps those shoes had been shoved to the back of the closet for a reason. Well, crap, now what? I still have to get to this %$&*#($ meeting! She picked up the broken heel, stuffed it in a bag, and hobbled into the meeting several minutes late. She greeted her assembled colleagues, pulled her phone and reading glasses out of her bag, and began -- surreptitiously yet frantically -- texting Goose, who, she hoped, was still at home. URGENT! she typed, hoping to grab her busy partner's attention.

Long story short: An hour or so later, as Moose trudged unevenly back up toward the English department, the heel on her other shoe started to come away from her shoe. Happily, halfway up the hill, she met Goose, who grinned and handed her the comfy and exceptionally durable clogs she should have put on in the first place. They chatted briefly, then Goose went down the hill to teach her class and Moose went up it to finish preparing for hers. Crisis averted, thanks to the miracle of modern communications technology and the incredible convenience of being a dual-career couple with the good fortune to be employed at the same institution.

Moral of the story? We believe Mr. David Cassidy put it best when he sang, in 1971, "I'll meet you halfway, that's better than no way." So true, Mr. Cassidy, so true. In life, love, and, um, footwear. Thank you, Goose, for saving the day. And you, my pretties? What's the takeaway for you in this amusing little slice of domestic/professional life? Wear sensible shoes, of course, and recognize that being well-heeled is not just a figure of speech. Peace out, darlings, and have a pleasant, meeting-free tomorrow.


  1. Return the shoes for a refund. And be happy Ruby didn't eat them! (when the dog eats your shoes it is harder to get a refund, but still possible.)

  2. I'd bring shoes to you anywhere, anytime, my love. One thing you don't point out to readers is how absolutely gorgeous you look today in your new outfit from Amano. Anywhere, anytime, my love -- I'll be there. Wait for me, I'll wait for you.


  3. Ruby, I am pleased to say, is not a shoe eater. Or a blanket biter. Or an underwear snacker.

    The shoes, on the other hand, are much too old to return. They served Moose long and well. She should have pulled them out of the back of the closet and tossed them long ago, though they still looked wearable, which is how this morning's unfortunate wardrobe malfunction got started.

  4. I saw the shoes and they were scary!

    And I saw the new outfit and it was divine!

  5. I am a member of the Church of Sensible Work Shoes, so this would have been way too much adventure for one day.

  6. undine, I haven't been to church in over 20 years, but if you'll have me, I'd like to join yours.

  7. GlassPen9:23 AM EDT

    LOL, about pulling old shoes out of the closet...something I did recently, too, though so far have managed to avoid the fate you suffered. I've pretty much given up regular shoes in favor of those new-fangled toe shoes (aka five-finger shoes). My boss made a pointed comment to me the other day about "flip flops in the office"...other than that, have gotten a surprising munber of comments and questions about them...never knew so many people were looking at my feet.

  8. Darling,
    Those are some serious nun shoes! Trust me, I know from nuns.

  9. Candy Man10:00 AM EDT

    What is this thing you call "sensible shoes"?


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