365 :: april 25, 2010

28 Apr

april 25, 2010. this is going to sound crazy and so be it: i have a hard time saying goodbye to converse. it’s not unlike the muppets’ saying goodbye, which makes me cry every single time. seriously, the converse brand has been my preferred choice of kicks for more than a decade. almost two decades, actually. give me a pair of chuck taylors and all is right with the world.

my first pair were turquoise hi-tops and i got them just before we went to my grandma’s in florida for summer vacation. i think i wore them every day that summer. and when i was a teenager, just discovering concerts and live music, i owned a particularly great pair of grape purple low-tops. because they were already pretty ratty, i started writing the names of bands and dates of concerts on them. i kept those for years after they completely fell apart.

this pair has been the best, i think. i have been so many places and have had so many great experiences in these shoes. they’ve been halfway across the world more than once. they’ve walked through the markets of camden and stood at the base of big ben. they’ve strolled down the avenue des champs-élysées in paris and up the steps of the sacré-cœur basilica in montmartre. they’ve walked on the cobblestones of old town alexandria in virginia and down the national mall in washington d.c. they’ve been to missouri and colorado and illinois. they’ve been to austin and heard explosions in the sky and the octopus project. they’ve been to denton and heard midlake, the flaming lips, and camera obscura. they’ve been all over dallas and heard the black angels, the toadies, radiohead, yann tiersen, mates of state, grizzly bear, death cab for cutie, and so many more great bands i can’t even list them all.

they’re an odd sentimental reminder and i really hate having to put them away (because it’ll probably take awhile before i actually throw them away), but the soles of both shoes are literally detached from the canvas and i’ve already purchased a new pair.

“saying goodbye. why is it sad? makes us remember the good times we’ve had…” those muppets knew what was going on.

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