November 07, 2002

Laugh, or Cry?

In my longish lifetime, I have only owned two pair of thick, bulky 'bedroom shoes'...MoonBoots, the kids called the first pair, that lasted almost 10 years, thanks to the miracle of Duct Tape. I am now on pair #2, and, judging by both memory and the archeology of the strata of silver-gray tape covering the very worn previously cloth-covered bottoms, I have had this pair at least six years. Not exactly new. But being the wear-it-til-it-falls-apart person that I am, they are only middle-aged MoonBoots.

So, needless to say, these are as familiar and comfortable to me as, well, an old pair of shoes. I would estimate that I have probably had these Blue Booties on these size 12's for several thousand hours now. And, until today, I swear I have never, ever noticed that they make noise.

I guess it was the unique, highly-focused state of mind I was in at the time. That, too, is not all that uncommon of late. This time, for some odd reason, I heard the sound my bedroom booties make when I walk; and then could NOT block it out, no matter where I went, inside or out. The two black-plastic ball-shaped spring-loaded lock-adjusters on the useless and never used tension cords that snug up the booties have probably always clanked together when I walked, making a tinkling noise, like someone gently striking a dinner fork on a water glass. For some reason, for the first time in these many years, today I heard it, everywhere I went, and there for a while, this was really getting the best of me. I never thought to suspect the sound to come from the ground beneath my feet, so to speak, from my old worn bedroom shoes. Of all things!

Will I ever be able to disregard this tinkle now when I wear my DuctTape Dingos? Will I have to pad the clangers with tape to silence them? Will I ever again consider telling the whole world (you can see in what high regard I hold you Fragments readers!) the next time I have a Senior Moment?

I think NOT.

Posted by fred1st at November 7, 2002 05:42 PM

Buy some new ones. You've earned them.

Posted by: Da Goddess at November 7, 2002 06:21 PM

Oh shucks. The mystery is dispelled. (I was rooting for earrings.)

Posted by: Pascale Soleil at November 8, 2002 01:40 PM

So it was your spurs...

Posted by: Scott Chaffin at November 10, 2002 08:29 AM

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