Tis the season for fun festivities, parties, and family gatherings. Don’t you just love them? But with all of this fun and frivolity comes a unique dilemma as indicated in the title above – shoe or de-shoe?
We live in a part of this fair nation where stickers abound, “goat-heads” are prolific, and scorpions are common house guests. So when visiting a friend or family member, I will typically de-shoe upon entering their home to save from re-distributing unwelcome hobos who have attached themselves to the soles of my shoes. That way, at least for me, I’m thinking of the future well-being of the family that resides in said household and doing my part to save them from needless pain and suffering – in the middle of the night – when they least expect it – and they find themselves attacked by one of our nasty residents-in-harming.
No lie, those nasty stickery, goat-head fellers have spines on them that have been known to penetrate and flatten bicycle tires & tubes thereby causing many a near-fatal crash of the cyclist, embed themselves in vehicular tires so as to obtain a free ride to other locales where they wait in silence to unleash their deadly ploys, and cling to various pieces of clothing where one would never expect to discover any variety of sticker only to catch the wearer off-guard as they peel off the dangerous layer and then be attacked by the spiny-orbed death package awaiting its revenge.
Have you ever stepped on a Lego building block in your bare feet in the middle of the night? Oh, that’s just a smidgen of the deadly pain that results from stepping full-force on to one of these South-Western banditos. Do you remember the images of the older WW2 movies with the under-water scenes of unassuming mines just waiting to attach to an unsuspecting sub and blow it to smithereens? Well, now you’re getting an idea of what these bad boys are cap-able of.
Adding to the tension of the holiday party at a friend-you-barely-know’s house in these parts is the constant fear of the other nasty waiting for just the right moment to make his appearance – the scorpion. Duhn-duhn-duhn! You have your shoes off at the party to avoid taking in the deadly goat-head and then this equally deadly, prehistoric-looking, like something from late-night horror movies look-alike arrives and walks around just looking for an unsuspecting foot.
So, you can see my dilemma – when visiting during the holidays do I shoe or de-shoe? And when hosting one of those parties, do I ask my guests to de-shoe or allow them to remain protected and assume all risk, as host, that they won’t be hiding the next foot-deflating grass burr in my carpet?
How do you handle these situations – shoe or de-shoe?