Here’s a weird one, but hey, a blog is supposed to be about what’s on the blogger’s mind, right? And one of the things that have been on my mind lately is that recently I’ve had the worst time keeping my shoes tied. I’m spending an inordinate amount of time stooping, or looking for an appropriate surface to prop my foot upon, so I can retie them — only to have them untie themselves within minutes.
Note the picture. Not the Raskolnikovian frayed ends of my trousers, or the faded black socks, or the fact that my wingtips could use a shine. (Hey, I’ve spent most of the past year unemployed. And I didn’t have any public appearances scheduled today, unlike yesterday, when I was much nattier. I’ll dress up more for tomorrow’s debate.) No, check out the laces, which I had tied not long before. This happened spontaneously.
Trying to address this problem, I recently bought new laces for all my leather shoes. I got the ones that said “waxed” — aren’t those the kind that are supposed to resist untying? I certainly thought so. But the problem keeps getting worse. And I don’t want to revert to the stratagem of my childhood — taking the “rabbit ears” of the bow and tying them into a knot.
This is just weird, to all of a sudden have this trouble. Am I wiggling around in my shoes more when I walk? Has somebody sprayed my socks with Teflon? What?
This is the most shoe trouble I’ve had since my kindergarten teacher in Bennettsville stopped me on the playground to tell me that the reason I was having trouble running was that I’d put my shoes on the wrong feet (and I had been so proud of putting them on and tying them myself).
OK, now that I’ve gotten this out of my system, I’ll go back to thinking about other stuff… I do have some work to do…