"What becomes of the broken hearted? They buy shoes."
Shoes. GOD I love shoes. Most of the time when I meet someone I notice their eyes first, but next comes the shoes! I have to admit right here, at one time I owned 214 pairs of shoes. High heels, tennis shoes, ballet slippers, bunny slippers, boots, slides, loafers and even flip flops. Who hasn't owned a pair of flip-flops? I love shoes. Yes. Shoes. So, how could I not love this challenge? It was suggested by Vicki, author of the blog, "Maracas" and it puts a pep in our step, while challenging our creativity at the same time!
Alamo Square Park...
For this entry, I decided to pay a visit to one of my favorite parks in the Bay Area, Alamo Square Park, in San Francisco. You have probably seen it numerous times in movies and on TV. The Tanner family, from the old ABC series, Full House, lived just across the street, in one of the famous Six Sisters, which are a series of lovely Victorian houses just off the park, and in the movie, "So I Married An Axe Murderer," it was in the scene where Charlie breaks up with Harriet.Weep... such a sad moment. LOL. Alamo Square is one of the most beautiful places in the city, with a stunning view of the high rises, including City Hall downtown. And at the very top of the park, nestled between some amazingly beautiful trees, is the Shoe Garden. Yes, a Shoe Garden.
I have written about this place before, but I just had to share it again. The garden gains new shoes all the time, but if you look very closely, it isn't just shoes that are left as a memorial. There are light switches, sun glasses, bottle caps, small bird houses, it is just a neat, quirky little spot in the middle of a large, fun, quirky city, that I am hopelessly in love with. I love the sun. The people. The individuality. The friendliness. The surreal mixture of time and culture. And this park, and the Shoe Garden, holds all of those things in one tiny spot. You can probably find shoes here from all different eras, retired, and holding tiny plants. It's just fun. If you ever visit San Francisco, take my advice, grab a lunch to go, and eat it right here in Alamo Square Park. I can't imagine a more peaceful way to spend an afternoon!
Hey, did you ever hear that song, "Men Are Like Shoes" by Shania Twain?
Men Are Like Shoes
By Shania Twain
Ooh! Men! Have you ever tried to figure them out?
Huh, me too, but I ain't got no clue
How 'bout you?
Men are like shoes, made to confuse
Yeah, there's so many of 'em
I don't know which ones to choose
(yeah, yeah, yeah)
Ah, sing it with me, if you agree
There's the kind made for runnin'
The sneakers and low down heels
The kind that will keep you up on your toes
And every girl knows how that feels
(yeah, yeah, yeah)
Ouch, oh, sing it with me
You got your kickers and your ropers
Your everyday loafers, and some you can never find
You've got your slippers and your zippers
Your grabbers and your grippers
Man, don't you hate that kind?
Some you wear in and some you wear out
And some you want to leave behind
Sometimes you hate 'em and sometimes you love 'em
I guess it all depends on which way you rub e'm
But a girl can never have too many of 'em
It's amazing what a little polish will do!
Men are like shoes...
Be sure to visit Vicki, and all the other participating Robins. Just follow the links below! Thank you Vicki... this was soooo much fun! Just like buying shoes. :)
*Welcome New Members
2. Carly... Ellipsis
3. Lisa... Lisa's Chaos
4. Jill (See Comments Section On The RR Blog)
5. Karen... Outpost Mavarin
6. Martha... Perception
7. Annie... Pictures Of Craziness
8. Momma... Sandcastle Momma
9. *Sahvvy... Instantaneous Existence Of Me
10. Sandra... Strong Chemistry
11. Janet... Fond Of Snape
12. Nancy... Nancy Luvs Pix
13. Suzanne R... Living... Suzanne R's Life
14. Nan... Life is Like a Lunchbox
15. Robinella... Robin's Nest
15. TJ... T.J's Photo Expressions
16. Chrissea (See Comments Section On The RR Blog)
17. Jan... The Prytz Family
*18. Old Dog... Wise Old Dog
19. Kim... Nekked Lizard Adventures
*20. Celeste... Ragracers
21. Sarah... Charish
23. Sandy (See Comments Section on The RR Blog)
24. Shorty (See Comments Section on The RR Blog)
25. Carlo (See Comments Section on The RR Blog)
Jan AKA Whammy... The Ellis Family
Note: There is a forecast for a severe storm here in the Bay Area later today. If I can't get by your blog to leave a comment, I will be by on Sunday. :)
Alamo Square Park
San Francisco, California