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What shoes do you really wear?

I know that seems like a strange question. I was talking with one of my patients this past week. She is a big time gardener just like smileycreek and me, plus she does a lot of canoeing. The subject of shoes came up. We both acknowledged we have pairs of shoes we rarely wear and a few pairs of shoes we wear all the time.

One thing I've come to really believe in is getting quality shoes. They are far better for your feet and last years. Over the long haul, they save you money. I always shop for them online by checking out those places that sell overstock shoes and clothing or are getting rid of styles that didn't sell out. Normally I can find the right shoe at a heavily discounted price often for 50% or more off the regular price.

If I can't find a shoe that fits my foot in the type of shoe I want from these places, I go to Zappos. I can always find something at Zappos for sure. They typically don't have shoes at discount prices at first, but if you wait they often have some styles and sizes discounted to some degree. Zappos has first rate service as well. Their shoes show up super fast and they have a no-hassle return policy.

There are five types of shoes I need: 1) summer shoes which includes flip flops and a pair of decent tennis shoes. 2) winter shoes which have to be a great pair of slippers and something for walking outside when it's raining. 3) hiking shoes which also have to be waterproof and have tough as nails soles. 4) water shoes for being in the rivers, lakes and kayaking that are able to have water flow through them with a decent sole for traction. 5) gardening shoes which don't need to be anything good at all but rather shoes I don't care about if they get trashed.

In summer I love flip flops, but I wear really good ones. For years I'd buy a new pair of them each summer and wear them out by the end of summer. Once upon a time these cost $7. Now they cost double that. So I decided this year to spend more for a really good pair that would last several years. Instead of shelling out $14 for flip flops that would be toast at the end of summer, I bought a $50 pair that will last years. The really great thing about the ones I got is the soles are tough as nails. I bought a pair of Teva brand flip flops with a tough vibram sole.

Teva Flip Flops

I believe really good shoes are the way to go. I actually wear four pairs of shoes regularly to my office. Two are black and two are brown. Really those four pairs of "work shoes" are all I need to go with any combination of clothes I wear to my office. One pair of black shoes and one pair of brown shoes are slip-on style. Being a guy, most folks don't really pay much attention to the shoes I wear to work as long as they are clean and polished.

I have two great pairs of shoes for hiking around trails. I used to own tough hiking boots, but as the years went by I discovered I really didn't need these overbuilt and extra heavy hiking boots. Now I have two pair of Merrell brand waterproof, lightweight hiking shoes with tough vibram soles. They are made of Gor Tex which means they'll last and they are waterproof. I have one pair with regular tops and one pair of high tops.

Merrell Waterproof Hiking Shoes

I have really great quality Acorn brand slippers that I wear all winter. I've been getting three years out of them. The soles on these can be worn outside when it's wet too. I walk around in them indoors and out. All I have to avoid is walking in mud or deep puddles.

Acorn Mule Slippers

I have one pair of really good tennis-type shoes. Actually they are Montrail brand trail running shoes, but I wear them all the time during the warm seasons when I have to wear a closed-toe shoe for whatever reason. They are also made out of Gor-tex so they are waterproof as well.

Montrail Trail Shoes

I have two pairs of top quality water shoes. One is the Merrell brand and the other the Keen brand. The Merrell's are lighter while the Keen's have a larger toe bumper. I use the Keen's if I am going to hike into someplace and end up at a river or lake.

Keen Water Shoes

Basically these are all the shoes I wear over an over. I do own a few dress shoes but rarely have reasons to spiffy up to that degree. I have three colors = black, brown and ox blood. These three colors are all I need.

I do have gardening tennis shoes. These are cheap things I buy at KMart because they get trashed from the red clay soil (stained fast) and I am scraping them up and walking through weeds and plants. No need to have a top quality pair of shoes for that.

Frankly I probably have more shoes than I really need to be honest. I could do away with the three dress shoes I keep around. My office shoes would be just fine in truth.

What shoes do you really need and really wear?

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Nashville KosKats Meet-up Report – Help needed with Moral Mondays


by ZenTrainerfor Nashville KosKats

August 16th, the KosKats met up at the lake at Shipwreck Cove; Patrick is Lucky, Zen Trainer, Mr. and Ms. Sow Hat and 2 red county anonymous dems.

From Zen Trainer:

The Democrats aren’t even trying here. We talked about how to get someone with some sense in here running our state party.  I had a name in mind - Mary Mancini.

[...] The other thing we talked about is Moral Mondays.  I’d like to really concentrate on getting our legislature to force our Governor to accept expanded Medicaid for our state. I need big time help for that. Most of the KosKats who came to this meet-up don’t live in Nashville, they are on the outskirts. So we need some more local KosKats to step up.

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Please visit ZenTrainer's diary for photos plus food pr0n! Enjoy! You can still REC it. You can join Nashville KosKats by sending a Kosmail to ZenTrainer.

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Yearly DC/MD/VA Kossack Meeting Aug 23 - A Feedback Report


by mimifor Maryland Kos

A joint meet-up of the Kossacks from Virginia, Maryland and DC happened on August 23rd. What a nice turn-out with great political discussion. Thanks to team leaders JamieG from Md and NinthElegy for organizing.

Here's one photo:

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Back row: STI (JamieG's husband), Sturunner, jhutson, Uncle Cosmo, TRsCousin
Midde row: VeenaS1, Diana in NoVa,  Aximill, mollyd, mdmslle, JamieG from Md, JG in MD, a gilas girl
Front row: louisev, patbahn, Laura Wnderer, BDA in VA

Please visit mimi's diary for many MORE photos! Enjoy! You can still REC it.

You can join Maryland Kos by sending a Kosmail to JamieG from Md.
You can join VIRGINIA KOS by sending a Kosmail to JamieG from Md.
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Koscadia 8/24/14 Meet Up Pictures


by Sara Rfor Koscadia

The Kosacadia Kossacks (rsmpdx, winglion, loggersbrat & Sara R) got together at their local Food Truck pod. They stamped money to support the Stamp Stampede which was organized by Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream as a citizen effort to promote a Constitutional amendment to undo the pernicious effects of the Citizens United decision. Sara R has set up a Daily Kos group to rally others to this cause, please send them a Kosmail if you'd like to join in.

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Please visit Sara R's diary for details. You can still REC it. You can join Koscadia by sending a Kosmail to Sara R.

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Seattle Meet Up - Dog Day Activities


by John Crapperfor Seattle and Puget Sound Kossacks

Excerpts from John Crapper:

[...] Within minutes of my first conversation with Penny GC she said it best.  "You know, I feel like I already know you from your posts and comments.  Do you know what I mean?"  And I immediately nodded my head feeling exactly the same way.  That is the beauty of the Kossack experience!  

[...] Finally, I gave each an assignment.  I am a teacher you know so it's in my DNA.  I asked each person to recruit one person in their circle of friends to become a Kossack and join Seattle & Puget Sound Kossacks.  It's this simple. [...]

Thanks, Mr. Crapper for this excellent organizing of Seattle. We have big hopes for mobilizing all of Washington. So great of you to be on board here in the beginning with such an important metropolitan area.
L to R - Back row: Nelson (soon to be Kossack), Sarge in Seattle, Gemina13, bleeding blue, momomia,
Kneeling down, Yous truly John Crapper, Penny GC
Not in picture:  LarissaW & John Crapper's SO
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Silicon Valley Kossacks Summer Meet-up


by remembrancefor Silicon Valley Kossacks

Last Sunday, Silicon Valley Kossacks had their first meet up right in the hub of Downtown San Jose, where plutocrats, technocrats, and college students gather over local brew. The patio of Gordon Biersch was the setting of our open air meeting that would give cause to our newly formed group and inspire us to reach out to voters about progressive candidates and policies.

[...] If you live in the 17th, 18th, or 19th district, please join Silicon Valley Kossacks. If you are not a Daily Kos user but would like to work with us, please make a user account and leave us a comment below. You can follow our group by clicking on the ♥ at the top of the page.

Silicon Valley Kossacks
L-R: Back Row: fiercefilms, Senor Unoball, esquimaux, madhause, navajo, Glen The Plumber, Lusty Front Row: Mrs. Senor Unoball, slowbutsure, norm, remembrance, TLO™

Please visit remembrance's diary for more information. You can still REC it. You can join Silicon Valley Kossacks by sending a Kosmail to Glen The Plumber.

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Four Corners Kossacks Welcome Entourage from New Mexico


by Thinking Fellafor Four Corners Kossacks

A last minute call went out to anyone interested in welcoming Land of Enchantment and jnhobbs to Durango. LucyTooners and Mr. LucyTooners rose to the occasion. A fantastic evening was reported to me by texts and lots of food pr0n as evidence.

Here's the group photo!

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L-R: Mr. LucyTooners, LucyTooners, Thinking Fella, Land of Enchantment & jnhobbs

You can join Four Corners Kossacks by sending a Kosmail to Thinking Fella.

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Los Angeles Meetup report, Google Groups
and what's next in Southern California


by susansfor Los Angeles Kossacks

More than 30 Kossacks from Southern California met in Los Angeles to strategize on organizing. California is going to be our first roll-out of organizing an entire state. navajo talked about the importance of having a group in each congressional district and how important it is for everyone in attendance to help by looking for potential members in the comments of each diary at Dkos. navajo also talked about using the latest tools available from HQ such as Chris Bower's Action Team's email list and Faith Gardner and Jen Hayden's facebook interface to send invites to potential members in So Cal to join in. navajo will coordinate this. Google groups for email list servs were recommended along with facebook pages set up for each district as an organizing strategy.

Meteor Blades, a precinct captain for more than two decades, reinforced the effectiveness of old-fashioned, low-budget, face-to-face, boots on the ground local organizing as a time honored way to make things happen.

Vyan spoke about how politics is personal and one has to take on that mantle to engage and influence others.





On face-to-face, people-focused organizing,
and helping in greater L.A. election campaigns


by benamery21for Los Angeles Kossacks

After attending the 8/9 L.A. Kossacks meetup in Los Angeles, I wish to extend my sincere thanks to navajo, Meteor Blades, Vyan, susans, Shockwave, and everyone else who played a part in making the meetup a success.  I am excited to be a small part of efforts to build Kossack groups in greater Los Angeles, and in all 435 congressional districts.

[...] If we vote, we win.  Sometimes asking is all it takes.  

[...] but don't forget there is also a lot of other electoral territory in SoCal where your help might mean the difference between a Democrat and a Republican.

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L-R: Meteor Blades, navajo and Vyan addressing the LA Kossacks

Please visit susans's diary for many MORE photos! Enjoy! You can still REC it. You can join Los Angeles Kossacks by sending a Kosmail to susans.

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August 9th Florida Kossack Meet-up


by mikejay611for North & Central Florida Kossacks

It Really was that big a deal ...Florida 2014 Meetup !!


by Vetwifefor North & Central Florida Kossacks

The Best Meetup in History of Mankind (pics)


by SemDemfor North & Central Florida Kossacks

65 Kossacks gathered at the home of Vetwife on August 9th to listen to four candidates in person and three other candidates skyped in. They each were allowed to speak for 10 minutes and then had five minutes to answer questions. Reverend Robert of NAACP AME Moral Mondays spoke along with veteran advocates, medical MJ leaders and an Occupier organizer. Gordon20024 deserves another Kossack Hero award for supplying ALL the food! Vetwife reports that several campaigns have been in touch with her for support since this meet-up.

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Vetwife introducing Joe Murray who is running for Congress
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L-R: Vetwife, SemDem & byardl

Please visit the diary links above for many MORE photos! Enjoy! You can still REC all those diaries. You can join North & Central Florida Kossacks by sending a Kosmail to Vetwife.

Also visit SemDem's diary for a great example of how to organize speakers and promote an event:

Final Diary (on this). Who's coming and when for Meetup tomorrow


by SemDemfor North & Central Florida Kossacks
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DKos Asheville: Mountain Moral Monday


by randalltfor DKos Asheville

Asheville's second Mountain Moral Monday protest was [Monday, August 4th] and it was inspiring to say the least. The Reverend Barber delivered a beauty of a speech that kept most people on their feet the whole time. Kossacks from far and wide met up for the event with a few of us meeting ahead of time and a few of us meeting at the rally.
Here's one photo:
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L-R: TexDem, Lamont Cranston, randallt, davehouck, new recruit

Please visit randallt's diary for many MORE photos! Enjoy! You can still REC it. You can join DKos Asheville by sending a Kosmail to randallt.

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More Than 40 Kossacks Get High in Phoenix


by Mother Magsfor Phoenix Kossacks and Baja Arizona Kossacks

Kossacks attended the meet-up from around the state, helped out by strong recruitment from Azazello and other Baja Arizona friends south of the Gila River.

[...] A week before the meet-up fewer than 20 people had registered, and we anticipated a big table where we could discuss specific races and issues in our communities. Then something happened, and the RSVPs more than doubled in a week. Thanks, Markos, for the recruitment tool!

navajo: "I had a great time attending this meet-up. I chatted with almost everyone individually and then spoke to the whole group about what Daily Kos can do for them in terms of organizing and helping their ranks grow. Not one person wanted to rehash the online dispute. Everyone wanted to move forward. What a great group! The evening was extremely enjoyable and I look forward to working with Arizona Kossacks on ACTION items in their state going forward."

Here's one photo:

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See Mother Mag's diary for individual headshots and usernames ~Photo Courtesy of Richard

Please visit Mother Mags diary for many MORE photos! Enjoy! You can still REC it.

You can join Phoenix Kossacks by sending a Kosmail to Mother Mags.
You can join Baja Arizona Kossacks by sending a Kosmail to Azazello.

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Event Organizers! Please contact wink from Netrootsradio.com by KosMail to schedule airtime with them to live broadcast the date of your Event. Wink & Justice will then promote it on The After Show radio program!

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Saturday, September 6th

New England Kossacks Potluck & BBQ

TIME: TBD
LOCATION: brillig & mik's home
Address given privately to RSVPs • north of Boston

ORGANIZER: Send nhox42 a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. nhox42
2. brillig
3. mik
4. Common Sense Mainer
5. Bill in Portland Maine
6. mayim
7. Jane in Maine
8. ellid
9. true blue majority
10. theKgirls
11. rubDMC
12. jplanner
13. CwV
14. knockbally
15. Greyhawk
16. DtheO
17. ialonelady
18. Noor B
19. Ed Tracey
20. northerntier
21. Danno11
22. debbie in me
23. chameo
25. the Marti
26. Simple
Maybees:
Latest diary: C+J/NE Kossacks Meetup September 6th!
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Saturday, September 6th

Sacramento Kossacks Meet-up
Potluck with BYOB

Special Guest: Derek Cressman

TIME: 4:00 - 7:00 PM
LOCATION: Kestrel's home
Address given privately to RSVPs • Sacramento

ORGANIZER: Send cooper888 a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. tgypsy
2. cooper888
3. gotmooned
4. Kestrel
5. shigeru
6. TrevizOlga
7. paradise50
8. smileycreek
9. merelyfearless7
10. Sycotic1
11. side pocket
12. Mrs. side pocket
13. navajo
14. Meteor Blades
15. aransdell
16. ushomeopath
17. Barbara Leary
18. Steveningen
19. scaboni
Maybees:
Laurel in CA
LinSea
timethief
DrPlacebo
Anthony Page aka SecondComing
Latest diary: Sacramento (area) Kossacks Meetup With Featured Guest!
Join the Sacramento Kossacks Google Group to receive invites for future events.
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Saturday, September 6th

Senate and Governors debate for the State Fair in Hutchinson
We'll be live-streaming, live blogging and keeping track of it, and Kossacks will also be occupying the booth spaces provided by local candidate Brian Davis, who is working to unseat Jan Pauls

TIME: 10:30 AM
LOCATION: Kansas State Fair
2000 N Poplar St • Hutchinson, Kansas

ORGANIZER: Send tmservo433 a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. tmservo433
2. Skohays
3.
Maybees:
Latest diary: Major Kansas Events: Your Chance to Change a State
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Monday, September 8th

SFKossacks In-District Meeting with Senator Dianne Feinstein Re: Net Neutrality

TIME: 2:00 PM
LOCATION: San Francisco Office
One Post Street, Suite 2450 • San Francisco

ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. navajo
2. kimoconnor
3. dharmasyd
4. linkage
5. EagleOfFreedom
Maybees:
Latest diary: [Waiting for linked diary]
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Saturday, September 13th

Pikes Peak Region Kossacks Inaugural Meet-up!

TIME: 6:30 PM
LOCATION: Panera Bread
7344 North Academy Boulevard (general address) or 7351 Atlas Walk Way (mall address) • Colorado Springs

ORGANIZER: Send thanatokephaloides a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. thanatokephaloides
2. tmservo433 (visiting from Kansas)
3. AmberChaos
Maybees:
Latest diary: Our First Meeting: An Announcement
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Announcing Mojave Kossacks!

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Saturday, September 20th

Mojave Kossacks Inaugural Meet-up
Subtitled: Us Poor Bastards what Gotta Live in Teabagger Districts

Moody is looking for Kossacks in the CA-23 area, Antelope/Aerospace Valley, Bakersfield, Mojave, Barstow, Victorville/Apple Valley, and any other Red State SoCal Kossack willing to make the trip to Lancaster.

It's a potluck and if enough people sign up Moody will BBQ some New England style pulled pork.

TIME: 2:00 PM
LOCATION: Lancaster City Park
43063 N. 10th Street West • Lancaster

ORGANIZER: Send Moody Loner a kosmail to attend.

Latest diary: Okay, Let's Do This: Mojave Kossacks Meetup 9/20 2PM

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Announcing Coachella Kossacks!

Saturday, September 20th

Coachella Kossacks Inaugural Meet-up
Calling all Kossacks in Morongo Basin and Coachella Valley

TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Westfield Mall Food Court
Monterey and 111 • Palm Desert

ORGANIZER: Send Susan from 29 a kosmail to attend.

Latest diary: SERIOUSLY SEEKING Morongo Basin and Coachella Valley Kossacks

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Sunday, September 21st

People's Climate March

TIME: Midday, TBD
LOCATION: Columbus Circle
Central Park West and 59th • New York City

Join hundreds of environmental and climate justice groups and tens of thousands of individuals on the streets of New York City on Sunday, September 21, 2014, for the People's Climate March. The march is being held two days before the UN Climate Summit, where political and corporate leaders are meeting prior to the December 2015 UNFCCC COP21 in Paris. It also precedes Climate Week NYC.

The links below provide information on transportation to New York, volunteer opportunities, events in New York, and other ways you can become involved in your local communities.

Getting There: Links to available buses, trains, ride boards and creative group transit ideas near you to get the NYC for September 21st
How to Get Involved
RSVP and volunteer/donation opportunities

Latest diary: UN Climate Summit: What To Expect and Why it Matters

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Sunday, September 21st

NYC Kossacks Meet-up with boatsie!

TIME: TBD, sometime after the march
LOCATION:  TBD
TBD • NYC

ORGANIZER: Send kathny a kosmail to RSVP

RSVPs:
1. boatsie
2.  
3.
Maybees:
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Saturday, October 4th

Seattle & Puget Sound Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Pyramid Alehouse, Brewery & Restaurant
1201 First Avenue South • Seattle

ORGANIZER: Send John Crapper a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. John Crapper
2.
3.
Maybees:
Latest diary: Seattle Meet Up - Dog Day Activities
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Saturday, October 4th

Dkos Asheville Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: The Bywater
796 Riverside Dr. • Asheville

ORGANIZER: Send randallt a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. randallt
2. davehouck
3. Joieau
4. Lamont Cranston
5. DawnN
6. SteelerGrrl
7. SteelerGuy
8. swhelden
9. Ottery Scribe
10. Burns Lass
11. Family guest
12. Smiley7
13. people power granny
Maybees:
munchkin
Latest diary: DKos Asheville: Weekly Open Thread
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Sunday, October 19th

NYC Kossacks Meet-up with navajo

TIME: Noon
LOCATION:  Spitzer's Corner
101 Rivington Street (Ludlow) • NYC

ORGANIZER: Send kathny a kosmail to RSVP

RSVPs:
1. navajo
2. ericlewis0
3. belinda ridgewood
Maybees:
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Saturday, November 8th

Seattle & Puget Sound Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Pyramid Alehouse, Brewery & Restaurant
1201 First Avenue South • Seattle

ORGANIZER: Send John Crapper a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. John Crapper
2.
3.
Maybees:
Latest diary: Seattle Meet Up - Dog Day Activities
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