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    Getting your shoes shined

    Chris,

    Usually I can get on board with what you're saying, but you really missed it with the comment on shoe shining in your Monday's Musings. Throw some dress shoes on, go to the DSM airport, find a guy who looks like he's been shining shoes his whole life and buy the most expensive one he's got. You'll feel like, just for a second, you're on top of the world. It's a great feeling man. Pick up a USA Today and read that while you're getting them shine... It'll only add to the aura. And your shoes will never look better man. Think about it....



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    Re: Getting your shoes shined

    I would feel like a jerk sitting around while somebody shined up my shoes while I read the paper. Maybe that's just me. Probably no different than getting a haircut, I suppose, but I've never taken the plunge, even when I've had shoes on that could use a good shine.



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    Re: Getting your shoes shined

    Quote Originally Posted by CtownCyclone View Post
    I would feel like a jerk sitting around while somebody shined up my shoes while I read the paper. Maybe that's just me. Probably no different than getting a haircut, I suppose, but I've never taken the plunge, even when I've had shoes on that could use a good shine.

    You've never gotten a haircut?! Whoa!


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    Re: Getting your shoes shined

    Very disappointed that the subject was not in fact a euphemism.



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    Re: Getting your shoes shined

    A good shine is one of life's simple pleasures and something I sorely miss living in a smaller town. And put the paper down and talk to your shine. Those guys are like bartenders, they have all the answers to your problems. It's magical.



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    Re: Getting your shoes shined

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inQkvjftbV8]YouTube - goodfellas-shine box[/ame]

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    Re: Getting your shoes shined

    I usually just have it done so I get to talk to the shoe-shiners. Some of the stories those guys tell you are worth their weight in gold.



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    Re: Getting your shoes shined

    Quote Originally Posted by cyfan964 View Post
    I usually just have it done so I get to talk to the shoe-shiners. Some of the stories those guys tell you are worth their weight in gold.
    Agreed with the other poster and this one that the shoe shiners have great stories. The one guy in Dallas I always go to has stories about every Cowboy that walks through there. He said Michael Irvin was a great tipper and always had two or three women with him...



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    Re: Getting your shoes shined

    Count me as one that enjoys a good shoe shine.

    Chris said two things in his musings that were hard to read. One was on the shoe shining. The other was that he is a big NASCAR fan.



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    Re: Getting your shoes shined

    Quote Originally Posted by isuno1fan View Post
    Count me as one that enjoys a good shoe shine.

    Chris said two things in his musings that were hard to read. One was on the shoe shining. The other was that he is a big NASCAR fan.
    He's a country music fan, I don't think being a NASCAR fan is any great leap from that.

    I've never had a professional shoe shine, but I have a very nice pair of dress shoes with some scuffs on them. Will a pro be able to take those out, or are they doomed to be scuffed forever?



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    Re: Getting your shoes shined

    Quote Originally Posted by Clonegrad07 View Post
    Chris,

    Usually I can get on board with what you're saying, but you really missed it with the comment on shoe shining in your Monday's Musings. Throw some dress shoes on, go to the DSM airport, find a guy who looks like he's been shining shoes his whole life and buy the most expensive one he's got. You'll feel like, just for a second, you're on top of the world. It's a great feeling man. Pick up a USA Today and read that while you're getting them shine... It'll only add to the aura. And your shoes will never look better man. Think about it....
    Funny stuff my man! Thanks for sharing.

    Like I wrote in the musings, maybe if I didn't wear sneakers/boat shoes/flip-flops (depending on the season) all of the time, I'd "get it."

    Maybe I just need to grow up, by a real pair of shoes and take the plunge?

    Who knows?



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    Re: Getting your shoes shined

    Quote Originally Posted by isuno1fan View Post
    Count me as one that enjoys a good shoe shine.

    Chris said two things in his musings that were hard to read. One was on the shoe shining. The other was that he is a big NASCAR fan.
    Start your engine my friend!



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    Re: Getting your shoes shined

    Quote Originally Posted by CarolinaCy View Post
    He's a country music fan, I don't think being a NASCAR fan is any great leap from that.

    I've never had a professional shoe shine, but I have a very nice pair of dress shoes with some scuffs on them. Will a pro be able to take those out, or are they doomed to be scuffed forever?

    Depends on how badly they are scuffed. If it is minor a "pro" will take that polish and make it shine like nobody's business.



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    Re: Getting your shoes shined

    How about getting your own shoe shine kit and doing it yourself. I remember many Sunday afternoons my dad and I would sit in the family room watching TV and shining his dress shoes, my dress shoes, and on occasion, a few of my mother's. It think it is a valuable skill, and was fun to bond with my dad while we did it.



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    Re: Getting your shoes shined

    Quote Originally Posted by cycopath25 View Post
    How about getting your own shoe shine kit and doing it yourself. I remember many Sunday afternoons my dad and I would sit in the family room watching TV and shining his dress shoes, my dress shoes, and on occasion, a few of my mother's. It think it is a valuable skill, and was fun to bond with my dad while we did it.

    Easy Easy... I also buff my own and shine them up from time to time, but when I travel, if I have time in the airport, no one does it better then those guys who do it for a living. They really know what they are doing and they have little waxes and polishes that I didn't even know exist. It's just a great experience that I believe everyone should do at least once.



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