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Diane AKA Traska

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Not a store, but a brand.

I have wide feet.  (I think technically my shoes qualify as marine craft.)  I've always worn a 11.5W because of this.  I recently bought a pair of CrossTrekkers on sale, and the ones that fit are a 10W!  And they feel good!  I've never worn comfortable shoes before.  What I thought was "comfortable" in the past has been merely "they don't hurt".  These shoes are wonderful.  If I can help it, I won't ever buy another brand, these people *get* me!

*snort*   Wide feet?  You call that WIDE?   I wear an 11EEEE.  I have fleshy swim fins at the ends of my ankles.  I wear the brands New Balance and Propet, so far the only brands that fit my personal swim fins.   And a Men's 10EE sometimes fits, but the footbed isn't *quite* right most of the time.

In keeping with the topic, I swear by Shoebuy.com.  They carry my size, and have excellent customer service, and free shipping both ways!

I wear a W.  I *am* a EEE.  :P  I can't find shoes I like in the size I am, so I wear the ones that fit closest.  It's quite insane, the way shoes are made.
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Not a store, but a brand.

I have wide feet.  (I think technically my shoes qualify as marine craft.)  I've always worn a 11.5W because of this.  I recently bought a pair of CrossTrekkers on sale, and the ones that fit are a 10W!  And they feel good!  I've never worn comfortable shoes before.  What I thought was "comfortable" in the past has been merely "they don't hurt".  These shoes are wonderful.  If I can help it, I won't ever buy another brand, these people *get* me!

*snort*   Wide feet?  You call that WIDE?   I wear an 11EEEE.  I have fleshy swim fins at the ends of my ankles.  I wear the brands New Balance and Propet, so far the only brands that fit my personal swim fins.   And a Men's 10EE sometimes fits, but the footbed isn't *quite* right most of the time.

In keeping with the topic, I swear by Shoebuy.com.  They carry my size, and have excellent customer service, and free shipping both ways!

I wear a W.  I *am* a EEE.  :P  I can't find shoes I like in the size I am, so I wear the ones that fit closest.  It's quite insane, the way shoes are made.

It's quite insane the way women's shoes are made. I've never understood why men's shoes are made in multiple widths but 90% or more of women's shoes at regular ol' shoe stores are Medium width.

Sort of goes along with the way men's clothes are sold as measurements, i.e, size 32 = 32", and women's clothes are sold in arbitrary sizes that not only vary among manufacturers, but also vary within the same brand. My husband can buy pants without trying them on. 32" = 32". Always. I can try on six pairs of pants, all the same size, of the same brand or different brands, and 2 will fit and the rest can be either too big or too small!  :o Who thought up this crazy system?

Ok, sorry, rant over. It's not really a rant though, because, well, to be honest, I'd try on all those clothes anyway just to make sure that style works for me. But you know, it would be nice if they all were the same measurement at least.

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*snort*   Wide feet?  You call that WIDE?   I wear an 11EEEE.  I have fleshy swim fins at the ends of my ankles.  I wear the brands New Balance and Propet, so far the only brands that fit my personal swim fins.   And a Men's 10EE sometimes fits, but the footbed isn't *quite* right most of the time.

In keeping with the topic, I swear by Shoebuy.com.  They carry my size, and have excellent customer service, and free shipping both ways!

I wear a W.  I *am* a EEE.  :P  I can't find shoes I like in the size I am, so I wear the ones that fit closest.  It's quite insane, the way shoes are made.

Actually, in my research, most places call a W an EE.  WW is sometimes EEEE, sometimes EEE, it depends on the brand, the style of shoe, and whether or not they had mashed potatoes in the cafeteria that day (or something else equally obscure).   
The 'medium' width that's most popular in women's shoes is a D, which fits neither of us.  And I once asked a store about their shoe widths, and the lady said, 'Oh, we have them *very* wide. They go all the way up to a B!'.  You probably heard me laughing across the country that day.

Shoebuy.com is having a SALE until Friday, with (I think) everything 25% off.  Even my favorite style of New Balance is on sale, so I'm buying shoes this Friday! (payday)  Go check it out, everybody.

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Mooseheads Bar.
I don't drink, but because the rest of my team drinks we usually go to a bar when we're socialising after work or during lunch. So, when we had our Christmas party today, we arranged to have it as Mooseheads.

They were great. We had the basement reserved for us, which meant they opened up the basement bar for us alone, and they couldn't have been more attentive while staying out of our way. They also didn't charge me because I ordered fizzy-drink instead of beer.

We had our Christmas party at Mooseheads last year too, at which time they had a minor mix-up with our food (they included an item in my meal that I'd asked to be taken off). Last year they replaced my food and took $5 off my meal but, because they remembered they'd had the mixup with us a year before, they also threw in free cupcakes from a business the owner's friend is starting. 40+ cupcakes for the 12 of us - they're some of the best I've ever had.
The food was excellent; the quality that you'd expect from a restraurant rather than a bar. We've a couple of younger guys still with hollow legs, and they could barely finish their plates, they were that generous.

Finally, when they thought that the pool table wasn't loud enough to indicate 'fun' at the beginning of our lunch, they decided the only solution was the unlock the pool table so that we could play for free the rest of the afternoon.

I don't think I'm the only one who thinks we should go back both next year, and when we throw the work Birthday-Party-For-Everyone in June.

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I don't think I'm the only one who thinks we should go back both next year, and when we throw the work Birthday-Party-For-Everyone in June.

That's a great birthday idea!  Two big parties, 6 months apart.

(We do that in my family because when my SIL was in the picture and my Mom was alive, we had a stretch from Mother's Day to Father's Day with 5 birthdays so we'd celebrate all of that in one shot.  And I started giving the two October birthdays their presents then, too.)
After cleaning out my Dad's house, I have this advice:  If you haven't used it in a year, throw it out!!!!.
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My local cafe is awesome.   ;D

I work part time (not at the cafe), but recently my hours changed so I start just after midday. This makes it rather awkward to time lunch, so one of my favourite things to do (when I can), is go to the cafe near where I live for a big breakfast/brunch.
It's not a fancy schmancy boutique kind of place  - it's generally frequented by tradespeople (builders, plumbers etc) and retired pensioners. But it is absolutely lovely. The staff are brilliant, the food is great, the service is personal, and I've never seen or heard anyone get upset or cross in there.
The staff always seem cheerful, like they enjoy working there and wouldn't want to work anywhere else, and I just find it a really, really nice place to be. I end up going there more often than I probably should, just because I like it so much.

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I just shopped in the local Hot Topic and despite my being older and distinctly non-geeky looking and acting the staff couldn't have acted nicer and more helpful if they tried.