No more cute shoes

If you sent me a nice text message this week (Toni!) thank you. (I texted back, did you get it?).
If you put a comment in the comment box, thanks (Susan, you rock).
If I’m knitting something for you, rest assured, I am knitting it (Amy, I’m working on your scarf).

I spent my last week and three days before my job started this Monday doing this:

Honestly, he does it so much better than me...

I also took some time to hit up local thrift stores for last minute brooches for the fall show I’m doing, and just to browse. And on the final day, I cleaned my apt. like a crazy person.

After two days of employment, my No. 1 fear of my return to retail came to pass. Excruciating foot pain, accompanied by a little calf pain last night. And I didn’t need my mother constantly nagging me to buy nun shoes to know I had to pony up more than $100 at the old people/ortho foot store for some shoes and support hose. Thankfully, the saleslady helped me to pick some out that are not as institutional as I had feared.

They even had some pink ones I may go back for.

Yes, that’s the “e-reader device” I will be selling. It’s not so bad, except I am in the front of the store, and everyone thinks it’s the information desk. And it’s not. And by information, you know what I mean. “Where’s the bathroom?” “Where’s the local Kinkos?” “Where’s the bodega?”

Where’s my mind?

I like the dude training me, I swan, he is a dead ringer for Les Nessman from one of my favorite old TV shows, WKRP in Cincinnati. Please tell me I am not the only one who remembers this show? Anyway, he’s a direct copy in looks and personality. And fun to tease. But I’m serious; I really like this guy. He’s fun to make blush.

Everyone else is okay, but it takes a freaking village to run this place, I think there are about 50 employees and they come and go so eventually I’ll figure everyone out. I don’t think the asst. manager likes me but I would say that is relative to the world in general. I have my eyes open.

I don’t get two days in a row off, like, ever, and who knows if I will again? I am off today, and then on Sunday. I will get used to all this, I keep telling myself. I don’t know how long this will last, how long I will last. I am playing it day by day. That’s all you can do. If I don’t sell enough of these little things, will they can me? I will save these questions for another day. Right now my biggest concern is that I get Oct. 2 off for my show. I will ask a month in advance and pray. And say it’s for a wedding.

Next Thursday I’m going to see Breathless on my day off at our local art theatre. I am looking forward to an ice cold Coca Cola and some good old Godard on the big screen. As opposed to his new stuff, which is pretty much shite.

And I’ll hopefully have returned whatever honey and are watching from Netflix so I can have the Criterion Collection copy of The Red Shoes in my hot little hands by next week as well.

Feet don’t fail me now!



  1. Susan · July 21, 2010

    I remember WKRP–watched it all the time.

    I like the shoes and would buy them. Yeah, that standing all day thing is a bitch and the worst part about a new job. Maybe you can work your way up to consecutive days off. Until then, at least you’re in a place where funny crap will happen every day. Hang in there and see what the future brings.

  2. Toni R. · July 22, 2010

    I loved watching WKRP growing up. Yes, I saw your tweet I was going to suggest Danskos for your poor feet but your new shoes are way cooler than Danskos. I’m glad that work is going well so far. If they don’t give you October 2 off call the day before and tell them that you ate some bad shrimp and have violent intestinal issues. No one ever argues with that excuse.

  3. Gina · July 25, 2010

    I remember WKRP in Cincinnati. And I loved The Red Shoes. I was a ballerina-in-training, so how could I not?

    Yeah, the retail schedule stinks. I’ve managed to get Tuesdays and Wednesdays off every week, and I’m not sure how I managed that. How are your lower back and quads? I find those to ache nearly as much as the feet after a few long days. Your body will adapt.

    My fingers are crossed for your time off request.

  4. amy · July 26, 2010

    yay… you got it! congrats!!!

    and i am in total support of practical, comfortable shoes- i’m in the market for some myself.

    i think i need to go watch some WKRP now- thanks for the reminder. it’s been forever!

    oh, and don’t worry about the scarf- take your time 🙂

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