The shoes I ordered from Fit Right NW came in, so I went out there to try them on. Getting out there proved to be a very wet endeavor, as I thought the bus stop I needed was much closer and it was raining. Then, I got off at the wrong stop, too, so I ended up walking quite a bit more than I had intended. The walking I didn’t mind. The rain I did. I ended up being thoroughly soaked before I ever made it to the store.
(No, I didn’t have an umbrella. Umbrellas and I are mortal enemies, and I tend to banish them to the realm of Lost Things as soon as I possibly can. I exiled two umbrellas in this manner just this last year. I think this realm is also inhabited by various pairs of sunglasses, some keys, and many many socks who all thought they should dare enter my presence.)
Anyhow, soaked through and dripping, I tried on these shoes that I have been waiting for. Unfortunately, neither pair worked for my giant flipper feet. Sigh. I decided to jaunt on over to Pacesetter Athletic and see what they might have.
If I had any hope of getting or staying dry, going there was not the way to do it. One of the bus transfers I took meant that I had to stay on this one corner, where there was a giant lake of rainwater. Of course, drivers zoomed through, creating wonderful rooster tails that ended up soaking me even worse. I tried to hide around the corner and peek around just enough so that I could see if the bus was coming, but people who were going fast could still spray me with very cold water, even around the corner! (And if you ask me why I just didn’t walk to the next bus stop down the street I’ll Gibbs Smack you. Actually, somebody needs to Gibbs Smack me, because I didn’t think of it until just now.)
So, after what seemed like an eternity of continually getting drenched, I hopped on the bus and took it to where I remembered Pacesetter to be. I bought shoes there several years ago before my body re-tooled my feet from gunboat size to aircraft carrier size, and they were really cool.
It wasn’t there! The. Store. Wasn’t. There.
At this point, I’m FREEZING, soaked to the core, and there is no store. I’m frustrated, to say the least. I ended up going into the restaurant/bar next to where the store used to be and I moped inside there for a while, attempting to warm up a teensy bit before I braved the rain once more.
On the off chance the waitress might know where her neighbor store moved to, I asked her. Lucky me, she knew where it was! And the store had moved only few blocks away! Yay!
So, I walked to the store. A very very nice woman there named Georgia spent more than an hour trying to find some shoes that would work for me. We tried on so many different pairs. I have to have a very specific type of shoe, since I’m a reeeally bad supinator with my left foot and, of course, I wear a 4E width. Fun fun!
In the end, she recommended that I get the same kind of shoe I already have, which is the New Balance 1123. They don’t carry those, unfortunately, and I would have to order them. Fit Right NW was the same way.
I was not able to get new shoes today, but at least I know that all the other shoes that are supposed to offer the same support that my NB shoes offer won’t work for me. So today wasn’t a complete loss. Thanks, Georgia!
After I left the store, I stopped by Bike Gallery, too, to find out more about bike cart/strollers and customization and talked to some really neat folks about the trip, too. I got some great advice!
Then, when I went to wait for the bus, I witnessed a car accident. A car hit a guy on a bike. He went flying! I rushed over there, and lots of other people did, too. The rider was in a lot of pain and everyone was crowded around him and directing traffic around. The driver of the car just looked mortified and sooo upset. She kept saying, “I didn’t see him, I didn’t see him!” I felt bad for her. The rider, too, of course. I sure hope he’s okay. And I hope someone dr0ve the woman home, because she was pretty shaken.
So an interesting, weird, wet day. I’m still trying to thaw out from being soaked for so long….