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Think You’ve Got Troubles? Tighten Your Laces!

Careful what you step into...

After I posted  We Aren’t in Kansas Anymore, I was offered a pair of ruby slippers! Since they’re magical, I’m  assuming they’d be a perfect fit for my size 8 1/2 feet. And, this could actually be the real thing!

There are several pair out there that are considered authentic. Judy Garland wore a  couple different pairs on the set, and so did her double.

Still pondering the ruby slippers offer, I turned on the TV, searching for the big news stories of the day. Direct TV News Mix plays six thumbnails at once. Four out of the six were talking about the Royal Wedding and one of the four was The Weather Channel!

The station that was talking to me began their Headline Story at midnight with:

Five in Hot Competition to Design Kate’s Wedding Shoes!

Really? And this is the news in America at the top of the hour? That’s something that often came up in conversation last fall in London. You Americans are so obsessed with our Royalty. You didn’t want any part of it, now you can’t get enough of it!

The Royal Wedding is Friday. I wish the couple well, but I’m not a friend of the bride or of  the groom. I’m not invited and I’m not a loyal subject. I’m just not interested. Given the massive amount of news coverage, that must make me an American anomaly.

Devoting an entire new segment to Kate’s wedding shoes struck me as a bit of rubbish, but I realize many others find it to be spot on.

These boots weren't made for walkin'

I’m not Imelda (yes, I know she isn’t British, but she really, really likes shoes). I have 2 pairs of Keens for the beach, a blown-out pair of Nikes for everyday, a battered pair of hiking boots and a pair of dress shoes under the bed.

I am thinking of getting a pair of snake repellent cowboy boots.

I saw these in San Antonio but they weren’t  my size and were out of my price range.

I don’t know what Kate’s shoes will cost, but to get a pair of Dorothy’s these days is a pretty pricey proposition.

The Ruby Slippers in the Smithsonian sold for $15,000 in 1970. Another pair was sold to Christie’s  in 1988 for $165,000, and later sold to a memorabilia dealer for $666,000 in 2000.

I read somewhere:

If you want to forget all your other troubles, wear too tight shoes.

11 hours into an 18 hour day

That’s sage advice.

As I’ve been writing about sinking into the wheat field and invisible snakes, the guys have been working 18 hour shifts: taking down at the old site and putting up the rig here.

It was 97 today. Nobody complained.

I hear it takes a year to break in a good pair of cowboy boots. Maybe I should get me some.


HELP! On a completely unrelated note to all you gate guards and RVers: the wind is fierce at this site. Any advice for a way to keep from getting your arm ripped off when you open the door? Not complainin’, just askin’.  🙂

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7 thoughts on “Think You’ve Got Troubles? Tighten Your Laces!

  1. Oh yeah, ask your rig guys for some scrap pieces of wood. You put it under your jacks. Ask for about a 6×12″ or 8 x 12″. Ask them for some “Suggestions” to help you not sink.!! Guys love to feel important………LOL

  2. Haven’t done it bit thinking maybe a hook & eye on the upper part of door and 1 on the frame(out of the way of it closing) and a strong loose bungee to allow enough travel for the door to open ( and u to get outside). Then the bungee takes the place of your arm and all the abuse.

    • We’re even closer to the road than last time – maybe 7 or 8 feet so there’s no room for the Jeep, but I was thinking of trying to rig up something with a bungee cord. Guess all the trees blocked the wind in the last spot. It’s pretty relentless here. Thanks for the suggestions, Miss K!

      • If you are parallel to the road, park your bus at a 90 degree angle. (Horizontal) that way the bus is nose to the road instead of broadside.
        Just a thought……….

  3. I park the suburban and sat and rolled the window down to ck in or out guys. They loved it as they are always rapping across the doors anyway. Otherwise park your jeep to make a temporary wind break.

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