Tuesday, April 11, 2006

What do you mean I'm not detail oriented?

In a recent conversation where stories were being shared on the topic of "Really Stupid Things I've Done," one of mine had to do with wearing mismatched shoes--not once, but four--count 'em, four--different times in my life. I blame this on two habits in particular:

1. If I find a "triple-threat" shoe, i.e. comfortable, attractive, and affordable, I usually buy it in several colors.

2. At the end of the day, I'm inclined to kick my shoes off into a little pile rather than line them up neatly on the shoe-organizer shelves in my closet.

The first time I wore mismatched shoes was in 1972, when I hurriedly pulled on knee-high go-go boots, one black and one brown, and wore them to the grocery store. This was in a tiny town in Georgia, and my sweet neighbor, bless her heart, said not to worry about it, that anybody who'd noticed would be wantin' to get a pair just like 'em.

The second time involved high-heeled pumps, both black, one with a subtle leaf design on the toe and one plain, and one with a heel that was a half-inch higher than the other. I wore those shoes to work, and I remember that for the first hour or so of that day, one foot was sort of dragging when I walked.

The third time, I wore one black loafer and one navy blue one, identical except for the color, and didn't notice it until well after I got back from running errands on my lunch hour.

You'd think there couldn't be a worst-case scenario involving mismatched shoes, but on the fourth occasion, I managed to top the first three. That time, too, it was one black shoe and one navy blue one, and I remember thinking as I drove to work that the shoe on my right foot was painful. I couldn't imagine why, since I wore those shoes frequently and they were well broken in. By the time I got to work, I was too busy to pay attention to it. Once more, hours passed before I noticed I was wearing shoes of different colors. It was while I was slapping my forehead and laughing about how I couldn't believe I'd done it again that I noticed one more thing: Both the black one and the blue one were left shoes.

5 comments:

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  2. pretty good. i don't think anyone could top that. i thought maybe you were color blind but to left feet doesn't count as color blind.

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  3. I know you didnt intend to wear mismatch shoes but when I was a kid and in junior high school, (the 80's cause I didnt graduate high school until 1990) it was the style to wear two different coloured chuck taylor tennis shoes. so i wore one shocking pink and the other was a bright, bright blue. I wore white pants with it and a very long pink over coat. My hair was like Tracy Chapman's so it stood up but I had bright pink to clour the top. In high school I cut the Chapman du and went for a mohawk. Lord, times have changed cause I'd never wear a mohawk now. ... well, not the 2 different shoes on purpose either.

    you didnt say if the people at work paid attention to the detials. LOL

    Austin

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  4. Austin, it takes guts to wear a mohawk! Be grateful you didn't live through the orange and brown double-knit polyester era of the 70s. Talk about some god-awful clothes!

    Oh, and to answer your question, not one person ever pointed out my mismatched shoes. Either they didn't notice or were too polite to mention it.

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