IMHO Installment #28: Laziness Sometimes Pays Off

13 Apr 2007

We're "business casual" here at Horn Dog Enterprises (HDE), so it's usually Dockers and golf shirts for me. None of this suit slacks, tucked in shirts, and the ol' white man's chain 'round my neck, know what I'm sayin'? My shoes (which, I'll admit, rarely match my belt) are a plain brown leather kind, off the rack at Payless. They're comfortable, though cheap -- even had little gel inserts that made walking around the office kind of pleasurable (until those fell out a while back, anyway).

Many moons ago, I stepped in some paint with these comfortable brown leather work shoes on. Pinkish paint ... (I'm not good with colors. Maybe it was "salmon"?) Anyway, it left a huge streak on one side of each shoe. Wouldn't come off, no matter how hard I tried.

It was embarrassing. I pointed it out to a few of my coworkers, "Can you believe this shit? God DAMN, I hate buying new shoes ... Just when I broke these in, you know?!"

But then -- and, I don't know if this was denial, cheapness, a busy schedule, or what -- I just ignored it. Maybe I figured, as Morgan Freeman's character, Red, said in Shawshank Redemption, "Seriously, how often do you really look at a man's shoes?"

So, I ignored it. I guess I was just "that guy with brown leather shoes with noticeable, unsightly pink (or salmon) streaks." Of all the labels one can have in this day and age, I figured I could live with that one.

Then, the other day, I looked down (again, at least 3 or 4 months since I last looked closely). Guess what? The magic of time had worn the pink completely away.

So, let that be a lesson to everyone.

Original Comments

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On April 13, 2007, wormstooth wrote:

There is poetic wisdom in letting time clean paint off your shoes. Time heals all wounds and scrapes all shoes.

On April 13, 2007, Winter wrote:

I learned something today.

Thank you.

On April 13, 2007, Winter wrote:

I learned something today.

Thank you.

On April 14, 2007, Anonymous wrote:

If there is any deep meaning to this tale, I fail to see it. For the most part, I read this as a narcissistic attempt to justify laziness. The narcissism based in your believing anyone would care about your pink-streaked shoes and what you have to say about them. Is there any value in your writing? No. Was there an excuseable reason for you having written that? No.

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