So I’m still posting about Leading Ladies (you know, that play I directed at Ilion Little Theatre; I’ve written a few blog posts about it), but here is another post that is mostly about me (I know, what isn’t?) and incorporates a shout-out to a local business.
I’ve mentioned how as director I have to give the curtain speech before performances, pointing out the emergency exits, reminding people to turn off their phones and basically welcoming them. It is a good idea to dress nicely for such a chore. Well, I wear army pants and steel-toe shoes to work every day. When I have a chance to dress up, I like to look fabulous. Additionally, I told the cross-dressing guys in my show that I would wear uncomfortable shoes in solidarity with them.
I don’t often wear uncomfortable shoes, but I have several pair. Some of them didn’t used to be too uncomfortable, before I had bunion surgery on both feet. Sometimes I think I ought to get rid of stuff I never wear. Then I don’t do anything about it until I find an opportunity to wear them again. So it was that on Friday I pulled out my black patent-leather pumps, feeling pleased with myself.
Only to realize that the doo-dah had come off the heel (when I don’t know the official name for something, I call it a doo-dah). Damn! I had had those doo-dahs replaced — good God, over ten years ago! — when we lived in Georgia. Who knew they would all off again? I found another pair of shoes to wear that night. The next night, having found an even more fabulous outfit, I was happy to pull out the short suede boots my sister gave me years ago. Imagine my chagrin to find that this pair suffered the same problem. Once again, I was glad I hadn’t gotten rid of the pair of shoes I wore instead.
Thus it was that after work today, I stopped by Melfe’s Shoe Service in Ilion, NY. This is wear I get my work footwear, but I figured they could do repairs on something more fabulous. I was right. Unfortunately, they won’t be ready for a week or more. Rats! I wanted to wear them to the show this weekend. I said I knew I was taking my chances bringing them in on Wednesday, but I hadn’t even known they needed the repair before last Friday.
“Oh well,” I philosophized. “I’ll just have to invent another occasion to wear them on.”
“Or it’s an occasion for shoe shopping,” the clerk suggested. I like the way she thinks.
Melfe’s is located at 64 Central Ave, Ilion, phone number 315-894-.4049.