New Shoes

Today’s prompt for the Just Jot It January challenge is: prestidigitation. I can’t really think of anything to say about that subject so I’m going to post about my shopping trip today.

From what I gather from the TV and newspapers, I must be pretty weird. I really don’t like shopping! The USA is now a consumer culture, rather than a producer culture. China makes stuff now. We just buy all the crap they make with money they loan us so we can do that. We’re supposed to enjoy shopping and spending money we don’t have (on stuff we don’t need).

Personally, I’m not much of a consumer. I have no desire to go out and buy new clothes, new shoes, make-up, perfume, etc. I’m perfectly happy with my shorts, t-shirts and flip-flops. If I have to, I can manage sneakers. And if they force me to at work, I will wear coveralls and steel-toed boots (tho I hate every minute of it!).

Since I’ve finally made up my mind to attend the TEFL course, I had to go shopping for shoes. They don’t allow sneakers (or flip-flops). They told me that I need to dress ‘professionally’. I’m not exactly sure what that means, since a person can be a professional in a lot of different ways. For instance, I am a professional mariner and the way a REAL professional mariner dresses is in shorts, t-shirts and flip-flops every chance they get (including on the boat)!

I have to assume they are talking about the sorts of people they refer to as professionals on TV. People like lawyers, bankers, stockbrokers, etc. Personally, I would never have considered teachers to be in with that bunch.

Is it really just me? Or does it matter that much how a person dresses themselves? Do people really assume that you can’t do a proper job if you decide to be comfortable and maybe show a little bit of individuality instead of wearing the ‘uniform’ of the work you’re doing? Are people everywhere THAT hung up on an image?

I managed to find a pair of black slip-ons that were fairly comfortable. It’s not like we have a ton of shoe stores around here and that’s one thing I won’t even consider buying online. I hope they’re acceptable. I’ll probably never wear them anywhere again after this course is over, tho I hate to waste money like that. I thought about bringing my steel toed work boots, since they’re not sneakers (or flip-flops), but they’re nowhere near comfortable enough to be standing around in front of a class all day (or walking around sightseeing).

I really wish a lot of employers would loosen up! Let people be comfortable on the job! AND, stop trying to run peoples lives even when they’re OFF the job! (another post coming tomorrow on that subject).


17 thoughts on “New Shoes

  1. This is what I love most about my work-the no specific dressing policy. I can pretty much pull off anything and no one questions it. Hope your new shoes cut it.

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    • that’s a nice way to work! I keep hoping one day to go back to that kind of thing. That was always one of the things that I loved about working at sea, it never mattered what you looked like, it only mattered that you did your job. I really miss that.
      I think it’s only required for the course itself, and not even for the whole 4 weeks. Only when we have to practice teaching (I think).
      I’m still hoping to find a ship, maybe I can find a yacht that needs crew while I’m down there. πŸ™‚

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  2. I can relate. I work a lot from my home office in Florida so I don’t wear shoes a lot. As for shopping, if it weren’t for the ability to click and buy things online, none of my family and friends would ever get gifts.

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    • That’s great! I’ve been trying to figure out some way to work from home for a while. So far, I haven’t really come up with anything. I’m working on writing, blogging, photography, but I haven’t found any way to earn any money from any of it.

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    • yeah, I’ve been thinking about it for a while too. I really want to move overseas and when I started looking into how to do that, I found out that there are NO countries that will give me a work visa! No one wants you to take a job away from one of their people. They will only give you a work visa if you can do something NONE of their people can do.
      So, they will give work visas if you want to teach English. That’s IT!
      I probably would never have got around to leaving until I retired if I hadn’t lost my job and absolutely NO HOPE of finding work in my field. The wage differential is just way too high. I normally earn more in 1 day, than the best paid teachers in Mexico earn in a month!
      So, now that I really have no option, I guess I had better go and get certified before I run out of money and can still afford to take the training.
      I’m hoping it’s something I’ll enjoy. I have tutored people before and i liked that. I just don’t feel comfortable standing up in front of a class. Maybe they’ll get me over that somehow in their training?
      I have heard from a few people that they really love it. So, I figure I should give it a try. Maybe I’ll really love it too!


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