On the business side of things, a benefit concert for AYWOS was held on Tuesday evening, and I'd like to say a big ole THANK YOU to everyone that came out! I know some of the music wasn't everybody's cup of tea, but I would still like to thank everyone who just to support AYWOS.
Yesterday, I had a very cool opportunity involving Gazelle Sports, in Kalamazoo. They made a deal with me: If I would make a video of me putting on my first pair of shoes after my year in their store, with one of the sales people, they would give me a free pair of shoes! I ended up getting a really cool new pair of Vibram Fivefingers, which are the shoes that go around each of your toes separately. They're really comfortable, and I like how they feel kind of like going barefoot. It was a great experience too; everyone at Gazelle was great to work with!
We've been running some of the numbers for the final tally for AYWOS, but I'm gonna wait to tell you the official final total. This is for two reasons: we haven't gotten a final count of the money in the church's bank account yet, and because we don't want to dsicourage people from still donating. I might be wearing shoes, but there's still plenty of time to donate before I go to Uganda and spend the money! We'd love to get as many donations as possible in this last week!
Finally, a lot of people have been asking me whether or not I'm going to continue not wearing shoes. Good question. I don't think I will, to be perfectly honest. I've loved this last year, and being barefoot is fun, and I'll go barefoot more often than most people, but I'm done with doing absolutely everything with barefeet. My outlook on shoes has changed entirely. As weird as it sounds, its been so long, that I now feel like I GET to wear shoes, not like I HAVE to wear shoes. It's a little odd, but I've definitely missed shoes in the last couple of months. I also think it'll make things a lot less stressful when it comes to things like restaurants and not having to worry about getting kicked out of places because of AYWOS. I hope you guys understand, it's a been so awesome to have so many people behind this cause, it's you guys that made this project possible!