Thursday, December 21, 2006

Christmas Vacation!

Today was the first day of my five-day holiday vacation. Yet somehow I ended up back at work to get my boss a Christmas gift and explain the inventory procedure. How does this happen?
I know that the next few days are going to be filled with holiday extravaganzas but I plan to get a lot of writing done. I think I'm already off to a good start having already done more writing today than I have the four previous days combined, maybe more.

I work in the field of shoes so I already think about them a lot and you can imagine how many characters I can come up with at work when I put the shoe project into affect. I also find myself thinking about other people's shoes. I saw a crossing guard helping children across the street in shoes that were nearly falling apart and I started thinking about how they got that way and why the man was wearing those particular shoes. Are his shoes worn out just from helping children across the street or does he have to walk everywhere? Are those just the pair of shoes he wears for the job because there really is no reason to wear nice shoes, did he step in a puddle with his good shoes and have to wear his old pair for the day or can he just not afford shoes and if so why not? It really gets the mind thinking.

I also had some really odd thought provoking questions about shoes and death but maybe I'll save that for another post.

I'm trying to get a Christmas present ready for my blog readers but no promises. And I'm also of thinking about finally switching over to blogger beta for the New Year. Is there really a better time for change?

Nanofimo:12570+ 29438=42008


D.B. Echo said...

Do shoe stores have gift cards? That would be a really nice present, giving someone who needs shoes or just walks a lot a gift card redeemable for a pair of shoes. Mail carriers, crossing guards, anyone whose shoes take a lot of wear and tear...mail carriers probably buy shoes from a special supplier, so that might not work out.

jenni said...

Mail carriers bought shoes at our store all the time :)

I can't imagine how hard it would be to talk Scrooge, er, the boss into that sort of community giving.

D.B. Echo said...

Oh, I'm thinking of the gift of community selling - maybe hook up with a charity somewhere that will distribute the shoes, then sell certificates for pairs of shoes that people can then donate to the charity! It would be a multi-step process, and might be a little pricey to ask random customers to buy additional pairs of shoes to give away, so maybe people could even just donate to buy shoes for the needy.

Merry Christmas!

Ashley said...

I was thinking maybe we could give customers at our store the option of donating an extra ten percent of thier purchase (thier shoes came to $100 they pay $110). Then we put all of that toward shoes that Scrooge,er, the boss would sell for cost. Then we could find a way to distribute them. Maybe the Mission Free store? at least in this area.