Friday, June 15, 2018

walk this way.....

I may have found the perfect shoe for my trip later this summer.... I came across this Danner boot shoe from an Instagram ad. I've been considering for a while now how to travel with the right shoes. I have a lot of shoes, but mainly casual sneakers or work shoes, not really hiking or leather walking shoes. I planned on bringing a pair of converse to walk around in, but what with the high chance of rain in England, I know I'll need something more. These shoes are leather and waterproof, vibram sole, and with a basic black color that I can wear with jeans or the stone khaki jean pants that I plan to bring. I've been looking for a shoe just under $100 but this one was marked down on a sale and I figured why not give it a try.
 They are described as: "The combination of the Vibram SPE midsole and Fuga outsole gives unparalleled grip on wet and dry surfaces while providing superior cushioning without the weight. Designed to withstand the climate and terrain of the Pacific Northwest, we utilized a smooth full-grain leather upper and Danner Dry waterproof protection. The Mountain 600 defines a new category in hiking boots we call Performance Heritage - combining our classic styling with lightweight innovation. The second lace option included with this boot is black."  For How It Fits, they say "Designed for versatility, the DPDX has a low profile for everyday wear. Whether on the trail or urban exploring, this last was built to offer enough room for comfort while maintaining a sleek profile. Ortholite footbed included. Please note the Mountain 600 fits slightly large and we recommend sizing down a half size for best fit."
I guess I'll have to wait and see what exactly they mean by "lightweight innovation."  I hope they are rather lightweight if I am to be walking around in them all day. It says 32 oz per shoe? and I like that part about "urban exploring" ha! cheers for any thoughts shared.
 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

hump day....


advising....

the week before last, the last week of May before my June/July summer class started, I worked my last few shifts working in advising on campus.  They give faculty extra contracted hours to come help during peak enrollment, so I worked 40 hours during May and will work another 60 hours starting in July.  Basically I help returning students make sure they are taking the right classes, help new students choose classes or figure which classes transfer in from another college, and help new students who had to test first before enrolling.  The students who have to test usually end up having to take a remedial math or English class before college level classes, so I get to read their test scores and tell them how many extra classes they must take before taking classes that actually count toward the degree.
     One beautiful person came in my last day of work, JE. A young man who'd been to college a couple years in a few places and now lives in OKC wanting to get a degree like the guys at his work had done to help him be more marketable in getting jobs.  He'd been to college in Hawaii studying hotel service and worked for a time in OKC at a hotel downtown. He lost his heart for that career dealing with so many awful people though.  I felt for him because he was a super nice calm person, and I could tell he had a great attitude to humbly servicing while working.  He'd changed his mind now toward the direction of engineering and has been taking classes/training in OKC for a few years.  (we have a degree plan that all of that applies towards once he does at least 15 hours at our college, done!).  With all his previous college classes, I told him that after the engineering certificate ( NOT an AS but only an AAA or "Applied" science) that he should get at least a diversified studies or other associates degree since he had enough hours transferring in to count toward one. It was good advice.
     I talked to this guy for about an hour. He was nice looking with an in shape body, about 5'10"? ..sort of like surfer like.  not too big, not skinny, just in shape and active type looking.  He had his hair long all combed back behind his head about neck length, but not in a douchey way but in a way he totally pulled off with his calm, quiet, and kindness.  He explained that his time was divided between work , his parents, and his classes.  Turns out he helps take care of both of his parents that are disabled. awe!!  he had on basic white tshirt with random graphic, converse shoes with socks on, and some khaki shorts that fit just right.  He said he was 34 and ready to move forward with next job/career plans in life etc.  very cool.  I hope he'll come back by advising to see how his classes transferred in since the information wasn't available that day since he'd only just brought in his transcripts.  was good to help out!
    Well, Lord willing, I'm getting the trip planned out. I've booked everything for my trip except for some train tickets , which I'm not sure if I should do online or just wait until I'm at the station on the day of trip.(Any UK person want to offer advice?).  I will on a Thursday and stay in Manchester 3 nights, fly to New Quay, rent a car to Port Isaac for 2 nights. then drive to Oxford Tuesday night, Wednesday afternoon train to London and stay 4 nights, leaving Sunday.  I'm staying at an Airbnb in Manchester, the Old School Hotel in Port Isaac, Airbnb in Oxford, and The Penn Club hotel north of Holborn stop in London.  Now it's all about paying the credit card back to zero and then saving up for food and expenses come travel time. I'm pretty excited about getting away and exploring and discovering things in UK.  Please offer any suggestions for Manchester area, between Cornwall and Oxford, or London, of course!  I'd debated getting tickets to the Harry Potters plays, but so much time and money for both....
   I believe I will spend Thursday outside of London. I plan to train to Rye and then bus/walk to Great DIxter Hall and Garden on Thursday.  Friday and Saturday will be seek, discover, and shop in London.(Also find chocolate stores, mmmm). I am researching online for literary walking tours and also plan to check out Brick lane east London if possible. any non touristy special tips are welcome. :).  ( Also any advice in the area of Manchester for gardens, points of interest, shops in the city, historic points? I plan to rent a car Saturday and/or Sunday to see what's to see.  One stop is the village where "Last of the Summer Wine" was filmed if possible.)