But, how do you pick your teeth, while steering
, if you have shoes on?
Really, I find my feet to be a handy set of second hands. Obviously when it is inclement I wear shoes or Wellies. And, I've taken to keeping a pair of dive slippers in the cockpit
, burnt my feet last summer dropping down onto a too hot dock
. But when ever practical I am barefooting.
I've been told that I have nimble toes. I do pick things up with them and use them to hold a line or sometimes even when working on the engine
a third hand is, well, handy.
Perchance I am divulging TMI concerning my evolutionary progress, or lack thereof.
I remember this local guy in Belize
. His wife (a Westerner) ran a dive resort but he grew up there. His toes were just amazing. The were SOOOO muscular. They fairly rippled with taught mussels. There was no room between his toes because they were that filled out. It seriously made an impression on me. I never saw him wear shoes; dock
, beach, or boat.
Also, as a kid I grew up in NJ. One of the things we did to make a living was to "tread" for clams. We used to sew our own shoes out of a heavy canvas
material that had a felt finish on one side. You would slide your feet over the mud bottom to feel the lip of the hardshell clam sticking out of the mud. Most fellows would then dunk down under water
to pull the clam out with your fingers. My Dad told me others did it just with their toes and described a couple of different methods. I tried them out and found that I could do just as well without getting my head
You would go through 2 to 4 pairs of "shoes" in a day, just wear them out by cutting through on the old shells and stuff. But my feet got real thick callouses. I don't know that I could even get callouses like that anymore.
In short, wearing shoes is like wearing mittens, I do it when appropriate.