On the Other Foot

I had an interesting experience at the end of my quick visit to The Vegas this afternoon. My friend Thistle and I happened across the grand opening of The Shoezeum. And no, I haven’t made a spelling error.

via sneakskicks.com

The Shoezeum is a labour of love on the part of Jordy Geller. Inspired by his marathon runner father, Mr Geller developed a Marcosian obsession for footwear, albeit one that focuses upon the Nike. He parlayed this obsession into buying and reselling the shoes, and ultimately shoecasing his collection of thousands of kicks (it puts my 12 pair of All Stars to shame) in a 7500 square foot exhibit,  displaying everything from an aerodynamic pair inspired by Michael J Fox’s in the second Back to the Future to a veritable altar to basketball legend Michael Jordan.  I was simply too amazed to take out my camera and take a picture. People were loving it and even the town mayor put in an appearance.

He’s opened it in downtown Vegas’ Neonopolis complex in yet another step in the gentrification and rebuilding of the former city center. Admission is $10, well worth it to anyone with a kink for athletic clogs. We really do live in a country where anyone can make their dreams come true.

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About What would Julia do?

Being timid and meek like Dorothy Gale, I have surprised myself by starting this blog. But a few people have suggested I do so, so there it is. I love to eat and I love to drink, so although this blog could be about almost anything I choose to type, there's likely to be a lot about what you put in your mouth. Why the title? Anyone who knows me knows my reverence for Julia Child. I don't think it's hyperbolic to say that our country's interest in the culinary arts would be all but non-existent but for Her. I would not attempt to count the number of people who have cited Her influence in their lives and careers. What Atticus Finch is to lawyers, Julia Child is to the cook, be s/he servantless or professional. Honesty demands me to say that it is not simply Her advocacy of GOOD FOOD that has immortalized her; She had the happy circumstance of coming into her own at a time when media was in her favour. We can all be thankful for that. I would name Julia Child as the patron saint of second starts, but I'm a happy heretic. Julia's dogma goes beyond the kitchen: She has famously stated that "[y]ou've got to have the courage of your convictions..." Her statement applies as equally to any part of one's life as it does to flipping a potato gallette. I will conclude by noting I have my own personal trinity of Js--Julia, Judy Garland, and Joanna Rowling. Please refer back to that part about my being a happy heretic.
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