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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

my old duct tape shoes

an old acquaintance from texas called me last week as we do frequently to chat for an hour
i wont identify him to protect his wife from being overly embarrassed at his conduct
many of you will recognize who it is though

he said
i know you like duct tape stories so heres mine
i mow the grass with a  push mower
it is st augustine grass and needs mowed frequently
i mow it every 4 days so i can get my exercise
its 1.5 miles as measured on my pedometer
he doesnt have a phone app to do it
he cant get one on his old flip phone
he said
i use my special mowing shoes
my duct tape ones
i was instantly interested when he said that
ill send you a picture
which i have included below
now he said my wife threw them away but i found them and repaired them with duct tape

this is the same guy that doesnt throw away his used chapsticks
he saves them
in a bowl
to later get all the stuff out how i dont know

hes not poor
i calculate that he has 2 retirements and social security and iras
he just dont spend any of it

when we go out to eat with them he is the first to say
two checks please
he dont believe in splitting the check

anyway i love his duct tape mowing shoes
it has inspired me to go dig my old chuck taylor shoestringless slip ones from my wife shes junk donate or throw away bag in the garage
here is what these chuck taylor converse shoes looked like several years ago
i would wear them sockless
i liked them since i could just step into them and go
later as they got more and darker with dirt and stains
i think the fish emulsion molasses seaweed stuff i spilt on them several times made them a dark brown color
they had begin to fray here and there
then the back heel area began to deteriorate
i sort of started to use them a lot as my garden shoes

i took them and started to suture them like i would a large complicated wound in the emergency room
slowly piecing it back to together
the soft part of the heel was gone

what i needed was to do a skin graft on my shoe to fill in the gap
i couldnt figure out what i could do so i gave up
after my phone conversation with my acquaintance
thats when i dug it out of the junk bag of my wife she
a bag that even goodwill wouldnt take

so i took the shoe out
using my expertise over the years using duct tape
my duct tape chair
i duct taped or should i say gorilla taped
thats the only duct tape brand i use now
the heel up

below as you see in the pictures
its not a perfect job
a functional job

i hope to wear or should i say my wife she hopes i will wear it only as my garden shoes

like my acquaintance
i am the proud owner of a pair of duct tape garden shoes
mine being the chuck taylor converse shoe stringless slip on shoe

im a happy and proud owner

the organicgreen doctor

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