Saturday, July 6, 2013

KD 4th; Walking too many miles; A new chapter; A bad day for the tailor elf

~~~~What so proudly we hail ~~~~~

Stiltwalkers taken through double window screen
placed to prevent KD from leaping out at birds
or any other elevated walkers below
July 4th parade 2013


Walking many miles
in a pair of Russell Moccasins

Eventually if you do 
a small hole might begin at a heel


A re-sole is needed.

These shoes came from the Russell Moccasin Co.
in Berlin Wis.,
who know what to do.

They will remove the worn bull-hide sole
- a cobbler at a work bench will do it -
and a fresh piece of new hide
will neatly be sewn on.

Would that all soles/souls could be changed that simply. 

In the Russell Moc lexicon
the term 'triple vamp' is used
for extra hardy construction
and it refers to three layers
of leather to go beneath the
trammeling foot.
 For our comfortable Oneida mocs
one more layer 
a single vamp
will probably do it 
for those light-tred miles we have left.

In jest, a triple-vamp

postal card requesting
an estimate for such a fix
was devised:

We glued three pieces of card stock
together and numbered them
one - two -three
and peeled back one corner of the card
to number the 3 layers thusly.

and now await a reply.

A single layer of this thick sole
should do it, yield many more stealthy miles
around the river walk circuit
or out at Minooka.  (see below)


The Russell Moccasin Company is on a side street in the small town of Berlin, as we have advised in the past.
A simple screen door used to be their main entrance.



A new chapter of fitness
this past week at Minooka County Park 
where we were moved off our  semi-paralysis dime
by son Lee whose good advice was heeded
in year 2005, having likewise to do with a health subject.
That was life-saving, literally.

I shall walk the soft trails once again
in this wonderful county asset,
this park which has meant much to me
over the years.

I shall walk putting more miles
on the re-soled Russell Mocs.
and so have begun walking
four days already
at the encouragement of Lee.

See annual country park sticker
on the lower-left windshield
per R and R.

I am wearing my belt mile-o-meter gauge.

I this week sallied from downtown 
to the Moreland Ave bridge and back
carrying my bamboo walking staff.

I saw a nice sewer manhole cover,

a large fox;

and some interesting shore birds.

A ghost approaching the Bryant bears on an early morning circuit
along the river walk.

Not every day is a good day:

Here, Dee shows stinging insect fearing visitors how
to remove one of the many wasps that get into the Odd Fellows hall
through cracks and crevices.

Dee instructs Ben as he holds a small glass 
she placed over a wasp on the window
while she gets a piece of card stock paper
to slide under the buzzing, infuriated/confused bug,
whereupon Dee holds the glass-entrapped wasp
and lets it loose out a briefly opened window.

Daughter Erin cannot watch.
(She is allergic to insect venom.)



Bad Day

Not every day
is a good day
for the elfin tailor.
Some days
the stolen cloth
reveals what it
was made for:
a handsome weskit
or the jerkin
of an elfin sailor.
Other days
the tailor
sees a jacket
in his mind
and sets about
to find the fabric.
But some days
neither the idea
nor the material
presents itself;
and these are
the hard days
for the tailor elf.

"Bad Day" by Kay Ryan, from Say Uncle. © Grove/Atlantic, 2000