that perfect hand…

In Ocean's 11, Danny said that "the house always wins. If you play long enough, never change the stakes, then the house takes you. Unless, when that perfect hand comes along, you bet big… and then, you take the house." Here's the hand I've been dealt, sometimes it's risky and sometimes it's safe, but all the time… it's perfect. It's mine.


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Add a dose of old-school styling to your wardobe with the Briggs from KEEN. Classic design combines with casual appeal using subdued colors and soft, waterproof leather. The metatomical last shape provides broken-in comfort out of the box. The non-marking rubber outsole lets you traverse your daily terrain with confidence.

Doesn’t that just make your heart melt? Or at least, your feet get excited? ANYWAYS. A few years ago, Mark bought Jessica a pair of Keen shoes for Christmas and every time I saw them wearing their Keens, I thought to myself “gee I’d like to own a pair”. Then last year when I moved to Victoria… and out of the “Ugg” Boot phenom (it’s still a phenom, just one I grew out of), I realized my boots were not going to cut it against the torrential rains that consist of 80% of my time in Victoria…winter. I asked Jes periodically about her Keens, how they held up in the snow or rain or anything and she was always incredibly positive — they mold to your feet, keep her feet dry, still look sharp even though she’s had them for a few years, and they last a really long time. So, after I moved back to Penticton for summer ’08, I decided to devote part of my tax return to the shoes and wait until I was in Alberta for my vacation to buy them “PST Free” — they are quite expensive.

When I got them in Camrose, the first time I wore them my feet were covered in blisters from my 25K walk to town so NOTHING felt good on my feet. And since it’s been so nice in Victoria the last couple weeks, I’ve tried to hold out with the flipflops. But last Friday I started continuously wearing my Keens and they are so stinkin’ comfortable, you have NO idea. And then today we got some of that torrential rain I was telling you about so I so I laced up my Keens and away I went. It was a dream! My socks were not wet at all and therefore, my feet were warm and for the very first time of being at school during a rainy or cold day, I was comfortable. It was everything I imagined and more. And I got compliments. And some guy in his Crocs flip flops wanted to be me, I could just tell.

I cannot remember my life before my funky PST Free Keens.