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Tonight's TBBT made me chuckle over Amy and Howard's bonding with Neil Diamond music, because a few months ago I finally got much of the Neil Diamond music I used to love digitized, and now I can't stop listening to it. I loved Diamond when I was in college, but for one reason and another, I never moved him to CD, and my old albums sat in storage and never got spun... so anyway, last Christmas I just happened to download his Christmas album, then just got a "Collection," and before I knew it I was getting whole albums (especially "Tap Root Manuscript"). At least one Neil Diamond song crops up every day, it seems.

I think I remember stopping with the Neil Diamond craze when he recorded "Heartlight" and moved from rocker to easy-listening staple (much like what happened to Billy Joel and Elton John). I hated that song...

Today my new foot doctor informed me he doesn't want me wearing my beloved Skechers Shape-Ups and that they are likely what has caused a lot of my current problems. Phoo. He did, however, approve most of the rest of my shoes, although he wants me to wear a corrective orthotic in my Converse, with some padding (I will admit Converse can be Cruel Shoes without an insert of some kind -- I can't believe men played basketball in these).

I suppose I can be glad it's not Converse that raise his ire... I have something like fifteen pair (different colors).

So I had my feet molded and put a down payment on corrective inserts. (Insurance would cover them, but I'd have to reach my rather high deductible, first, and it's much cheaper to just buy the orthotics.)

I will need to cough up for a good pair of sneakers to replace the Skechers, though. I like Brooks, ASICS, and Salomon, both of which get pretty high ratings regarding stability and support. More money to outlay, though. Those will have to wait a few weeks, though, I think. Orthotics, first.

I Love Halloween:


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Oct. 4th, 2013 03:19 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed tonight's episode for much the same reason you did. God Heartlight got played to death back then.

Yeah, shape ups and the like are horrible. They shouldn't be on the market if podiatrists had anything to say about them. They put so much stress on joints and any shaping up they do is very debatable.

Let me add to your list, Saucony, new balance and etonics, all highly rated by the APMA as is ASICS. And so are Tony Llamas, which is a totally different thing but just saying.

and hopefully your doc will say this but when you get the orthotics it's recommended to work up to wearing them, like an hour at a time because they will change things and if you put them in and go all day on day one you might be in pain.
Oct. 4th, 2013 04:20 am (UTC)
Yay Neil Diamond. :)

Well, they were awfully comfortable for DisneyWorld -- I didn't think about how they were "tightening my tendons," which is apparently what they were doing.

I like the Saucony. I never have found a pair of New Balance I like very much, but I keep trying because they're tops on EVERY list.

I would kill for a new pair of Tony Llamas. I never had trouble with my feet when I wore cowboy boots all the time (hmmmmm.....)

I'm sure he'll tell me all the rules when I pick them up in three weeks.
Oct. 4th, 2013 04:28 am (UTC)
Yeah they tear up the soft tissues and alter gait. I liked Saucony which I wore in the 90s but I haven't worn anything but New Balance in the last decade (I had to study tennis shoes, no lie, cut them up and look at their guts for class). Cowboy boots are actually pretty good for feet.

I hope he does (some docs are not as good as others, looks at some of the ones here...)
Oct. 4th, 2013 03:40 pm (UTC)
That's cool.

I'm wearing Puma now (with a Foot Balance custom sole insert), and he okayed those for walking/hiking. But they're getting old, as happens with exercise shoes...

I'll take another look at New Balance.
Oct. 4th, 2013 04:14 pm (UTC)
yeah old shoes can really end up in tendonitis. a lot of thos OTC inserts are pretty good these days
Oct. 6th, 2013 01:21 am (UTC)
The store I bought the Foot Balance in (RoadRunner Sports) did a custom fitting and molded them to my feet, so they're really good -- the doc liked the ones I got from Costco, but pointed out they're plastic, so they don't do as good as job as graphite ones...

Oct. 6th, 2013 01:38 am (UTC)
this is true. The graphite is very good for orthotics
Oct. 4th, 2013 03:19 am (UTC)
*giggles at the intro to the couch gag*

I like Neil Diamond, too. But yeah, I ignore "Heartlight" as best I can.
Oct. 4th, 2013 04:21 am (UTC)
Yep, exactly. That song just made me shudder... Bleah.
Oct. 4th, 2013 11:17 am (UTC)
E.T. kind of made me shudder. I mean, I thought it was a decent movie (I actually preferred the book based on the script more), but the overwhelming adulation really put me off.
Oct. 4th, 2013 03:45 pm (UTC)
Sadly, I didn't see it until all the hype had broken, so by the time I went, I was left with an overwhelming feeling of Meh afterwards (much like I was with the BIG REVEAL!!!!!!! in "The Crying Game").

Oct. 5th, 2013 01:00 am (UTC)
My husband dragged me, our roommate and another woman to see The Crying Game. I was so bored throughout it, I was ready to go outside and play the claw machines.

Though I did like the ending.
Oct. 6th, 2013 12:39 am (UTC)
I enjoyed the movie, but I swear, honest to goodness, when we were walking out, I asked Barb, "What was the big plot twist everyone was talking about? I don't get it." She looked at me and said, "He was a she."


That was it? Big deal.

Oct. 6th, 2013 01:04 am (UTC)
Oct. 4th, 2013 10:25 am (UTC)
I think I'll have to break down and get some orthotics for my Converse. [sigh]

Hugs and a great day!
Oct. 4th, 2013 03:43 pm (UTC)
Yeah, my doctor was iffy on Converse, but his main worry was the hard rubber soles (Sorry, Doctor Ten!). He said they're all right provided you can get correct (and padded) inserts.

Happy Friday!

Oct. 4th, 2013 04:54 pm (UTC)
Shouldn't you submit the orthotics bill to your insurance company anyway, so it can go toward your deductible?
Oct. 5th, 2013 04:51 am (UTC)
Oh, certainly. And I'll declare them on my taxes, too.

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