I know we disagree Using our imagination
We’re different, you & me Being in the other’s situation
Each with our own objective A new lesson can be learned
Seeing our own perspective A broader horizon earned
The Rouletters stepped out in shoes that expressed who they were–at least for this event. For the first time in the history of the Austin Writers Roulette, they posed for the group picture with just their shoes.Their most dramatic pose came reflected in a mirror they’ve ignored for the past two years.Their most rockstar bartender agreed to show off her footwear, comfy sneakers with bold yellow stripes, reminiscent of lightning bolts. Very apt for her enthusiastic running around.The theme drink for the event was a Cuba libre.
The host, Teresa Y. Roberson, welcomed everyone to Daylight Savings Day, International Women’s Day and the show. Stephanie Webb, the inspiration for this month’s theme, wore her purple/pink sneakers, indicative of her triathlete training. She told us about the road she’s walked as a Christian, liberal, descendant of slaves and mixed heritage. Mackenzie wore her cream stilettos. She shared a story about her husband’s painful journey in her shoes when a bigot “congratulated” him for having a mixed-race family. Teresa Y. Roberson’s Bootzilla-inspired footwear symbolized a unity of colorful feathers, representing the differences among all people. She shared the last time she put her foot in her mouth. Donna Dechen Birdwell sported her daughter’s 7th grade shoes. She talked about how she’s been wearing them for 17 years, but for the last 10, her daughter has been teaching her how to walk in her footsteps. “I’m wearing falsies!” David Young happily proclaimed about his strap-on buckles. He shared a shoe poem, which celebrated a lifetime of wearing comfortable men’s shoes and being in no danger of wearing stilettos. Thom the World Poet, who claimed to have never owned a new pair of shoes, always walks in another’s shoes. During Thom’s performance, the audience clapped and stomped.This evening would not have been complete without a picture of the International Women who participated.
The biggest fan of the host’s boots was a English bulldog named Lilly. The host dodged most of Lilly’s playful efforts, yet puppies are persistent.