The Thoughts of a Frumpy Professor

............................................ ............................................ A blog devoted to the ramblings of a small town, middle aged college professor as he experiences life and all its strange variances.

Monday, July 31, 2017

New Shoes

I tend to be very frugal in most matters in my life.  In terms of my running, I splurged last year when I started and bought what was an outrageously expensive running shoe.... they cost $85 dollars!  I was embarrassed in some ways because they were so damn expensive.  So, I made sure I got my use out of them.  Most things I have read suggest runners get new shoes every 500 or so miles.  I could not fathom spending that kind of money that often.  So, I used those shoes through a bit more than 1500 miles.  They really were shot to hell.  The heels were ground down, the insides torn apart and basically gutted like a fish.  I really did need a new pair.  So, I grudgenly bought another pair.  This pair again was outrageous.... $83 dollars.  I hope they serve my feet well.  Today was their virginal run, and I have to admit my feet felt good in them.  

I am still working on my action plan for the damn pipe too.  During the weekend I became more cognizant of the fact that damn near EVERY male individual I looked upto in life smoked a pipe.  Of course my father...  but also three uncles, my science and education and literature heros (Lorenz, Dobzhansky, Darwin, Bell, Hemmingway, Faulkner and others).  And, BOTH of my research mentors (for my Masters and for my Ph.D.) were both pipe smokers.  

Not much more to say at the moment, but I am going to head to the U and get a coffee and get to work.

PipeTobacco

7 Comments:

Blogger peppylady (Dora) said...

It must be my age...I'm not into paying for a label...As a homecare worker when I take a client I get chance to glance though a magazine or so...Well I'm shock that someone is willing to pay upper of $80 for a top and thinking it a good deal.
Right now I have a pair shoes on I believe I paid around $20, socks let call it $1.00, shorts I bought off a clearence rack $7.00, and top I got at thrift store $3.00,panties $1.00 and the most expensive thing I have on is my bra for $50...minus the under garment. It cost $10 to be cover up so I can go out in public....Coffee is on

Monday, 31 July, 2017  
Blogger PipeTobacco said...

I agree with you whole heartedly. All of my other shoes are in the neighborhood of 20-30 dollars. And most all of my clothes are also very budget friendly too. I only paid the horrible price for these running shoes because everything I have been able to read suggests that to avoid injury, runners need to have very good quality footwear. And, from what I read, the style I bought was at the lower end of price for running shoes of this type.

Monday, 31 July, 2017  
Blogger PipeTobacco said...

I do admit to being damn embarased about the price.

Monday, 31 July, 2017  
Blogger Gorilla Bananas said...

I believe Richard Dawkins is a non-smoker, Professor. As science advances, so does the behaviour of scientists!

Monday, 31 July, 2017  
Blogger PipeTobacco said...

A very good point, indeed. Although, from my perspective, while I like the basics of his "Selfish Gene" concept, his persona is rather too confrontational and bombastic for me to admire him. I have a bit more of a brotherly affiliation with the late Stephen J. Gould. He seemed a more congenial sort.

I guess what I mean, is that folks I found admirable, past and present were more gentle and kind sorts in terms of personality. Even Hemingway, with all of his bravado, was really a bit on the shy, self deprecating side of the spectrum. Dawkins seemed to be more wholly all about Dawkins, and others be damned. Perhaps it is a lack of humility that is at the core of my lack of admiration for him (although I admit his ideas are very interesting). Vonnegut is another example of a great man, who still seemed a good, gentle sort, by and large.

I am not sure if this makes sense or not... It is more a free expression of ideas I have.

PipeTobacco

Monday, 31 July, 2017  
Blogger Gorilla Bananas said...

Yes, Dicky Dawkins can be a little too cocksure. I wonder if Carl Sagan smoked a pipe?

Tuesday, 01 August, 2017  
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