o how've you been? L
ong time no chat! It's been quite a year since we last spoke. Life, ya know. Never a dull moment. At least I've had a few new pairs of wooden goodness come along to liven up the dull stretches as well as soothe my soul when the going got tough. And you know I'll definitely share those with you as soon as I get a chance to document them with my digital camera. But first things first. Today, I'm just taking a moment to reacquaint myself with how all this blogging thing works. So far I've gotten the spinning status wheel at least three times while trying to tweak the drop capital at the beginning of this paragraph, and there ain't nothin' going to kill my incentive to revive this blog like banging my head against recalcitrant software! Therefore, I'm planning to take it slow and make it easy on myself. I hope you'll understand.
At this point I think I can manage a post every seven days. (Every clog may have its day, but this blog can only get a weekend.) I'm hoping to put aside some time once a week to upload whatever assortment of clog news and fan photos and new style sightings I can pull together. As much as I'd love to resume my previous daily features such as Guy Day Friday or What's New?, I think it's more realistic at this point to just set my sights on a weekly This 'n' That collection. Sound good?
It was just a year and a day ago that I put my last post online. And I'm struck by the fact that although a lot has changed, some things have remained the same. I'm still sprawled on my black leather sofa with a pair of killer shoes on my feet. (At this moment, I'm wearing my olive green Conviction lace up high-heeled boots from John Fluevog.) To my left, my Russian blue cat Miu Miu is nestled keeping a wary eye on the world. To my right, the love of life and former Every Clog Has Its Day reader Melissa is reclining with her iPhone scanning the web for items of interest. (She and I were out for sushi with friends earlier, and on her feet were the astounding Miramar platform sandals from Jeffrey Campbell. Feel free to use the Search function here or turn to Google to see images of both these shoes. They certainly brighten our days. I can only hope they do the same for you.) In the background, my iMac is streaming the delightfully wide ranging assortment of rock and blues and jazz and folk and reggae and classical and more that Bill Goldsmith mixes on his internet station, Radio Paradise. (Definitely recommended if you love music in all its potential variety.) I have to say, I'm glad to be here, both on this sofa and in this corner of the internet. I've spoken to a small percentage of you readers about the possibility of resurrecting this blog, and the response has been gratifying. Thank you for your encouragement. I look forward to sharing my passion with you again, and hearing of yours.
With this in mind, I can't think of a better way to celebrate this new beginning than with another new beginning. Mark Casperson of Multnomah Leather Shop (Portland, Oregon's own custom clog maker) wrote recently to share a charming image of a wood-soled shoe that just made me say, "Aaaawwwwwww!"
Pictured there side-by-side with his wife's old saddle shoe clog is a brand new baby clog he just cobbled together for his 1-1/2 year granddaughter.
And if you think that's adorable, take a look at this shot of the shoe in action!
Great work, Mark! I like to think you've won over yet another customer. Thank you for giving me the final nudge I needed to put this blog back into the world!
Let me say it once again: it's good to be back!