Jaeyoun and I missed the Mardi Gras parade in Hattiesburg last year, but this year we decided that we were going to walk down and enjoy the festivities. We met up with a couple of friends and attempted to catch as many beads and throws as possible. I was really happy to see that the parade drew such a nice crowd and that the rainy weather cleared for a bit. We have already decided that next year we want to ride in it; now we just have to figure out whose float we can join. We are still considering heading down to New Orleans for a larger parade this year, but with Jaeyoun’s school schedule, that is still up in the air. As usual, we get Fat Tuesday off, but this is right in the middle of achievement tests for my students, and it just isn’t a great time to leave Hattiesburg.
I will post about my experience at the tournament that I played in this weekend when I have had to time to replay the damn thing in my head.
1. Mental Game
2. Backhand Return of Serve
3. Second Serve
Needless to say, we got blasted, but it really was a great learning experience.
I bought this pair of shoes in June of 2013. By the end of September, I had pretty much ruined them with my excessive toe dragging. I threw the shoes in the back of my closet and ordered a new pair. My new pair of shoes, which are the exact same model as my previous ones, are holding up pretty well, but I haven’t been serving as much these days. The majority of my toe dragging appears to happen when I serve*, so this pair has lasted a bit longer. Another important point is that I do not have as many options for shoes as normal sized people. I wear a size 13, which is not a problem, but I also need these to be 4E in width. Here lies the problem. I have searched and searched, but my choices are narrowed down to one model by Nike and 4 models from New Balance, so finding a shoe that works is not as easy as it sounds.
I was playing with my regular partner the other night, and he mentioned that he had returned a pair of shoes because the outer sole had failed. Even though his shoes were a different brand, it caused me to go back and do a little research on my own shoes. I saw that the shoes were under warranty at a few different online retailers but not the one I used. I emailed New Balance directly, and I got a reply within 12 hours. After sending in some particulars about the shoes, I was given a return authorization number, and according to New Balance Customer service, after I mail in the shoes, I will be given a credit to use at the New Balance online store. Also, because of a price drop, I believe that I am going to be able to get two pairs for almost what I originally paid for one; I may have to spend $15 or $20 for the second pair.
I am excited about getting a couple of pairs of shoes since I will start playing more competitively this spring and that means more serving, more toe dragging, and unfortunately more shoe purchasing.
We shall see!
* I could probably learn how to serve without dragging my right toe, and I have tried, but I always go back to my usual toe drag jump serve, which is not pretty, but it is somewhat effective.