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“Yes officer, I lost my shoe.”

 I am driving home from work yesterday, lefty of course, with my boot on. I’m cruising along at 65 in the right hand lane, minding my own business. moving with traffic. I come upon a truck going pretty slow, so I signal and pass him on the left. 10 seconds later I spot a trooper sitting in a rest area, facing traffic. I panic instantly. I think “I’m screwed..I have a boot on…I’m in the left lane…arrrggghhhhh!”

So I scramble and start to lean forward and fumble around w my 3 velcro straps..furiously trying to get the boot off. I think that if I can start to get the boot off before he turns and comes after me I might have time to get it all the way off and pretend I was driving w/o it the whole time. I just dont have an answer for the one shoe.

Eventhough the AC was cranked and the truck was chilly I was still sweating profusely, what made matters worse was I couldnt see if the cop was coming b/c the damn truck I just passed was blocking my view. More panic. I finally get 2 out of the 3 straps undone and literally kick the boot off with my left foot. The boot gets wedged between my groin and the steering wheel as I try to pull it up from below. Thank goodness it was a straightaway for awhile or I was done. I finally have full control of the car, and the boot, and glance in the rear-view mirror fearing the worst.

He wasnt there. He never followed me. What a relief.

I know I shouldnt be driving. I just have no other way to work other than a cab and who can afford that 6 days a week, 40 miles roundtrip a day?

Its funny, I could look at this 2 ways: One, its just another crappy thing I have had to deal with since I’ve had this horrible injury or two, hey I finally caught a break..the cop didnt move. Lucky me…I’m going with #2.

5 Responses to ““Yes officer, I lost my shoe.””

  1. matts Says:

    Walshie-I am sure that the cop would have never saw your HUGE boot sitting empty next to you and one shoe on with no shoe on the other foot. Hopefully you had a sock on. haha That is a funny mental picture of you fumbling around with the air cranked, probably some hard rock blarring on the radio and you thinking of some choice words for the slow trucker that got you in the left lane in the first place. Just be careful driving, you probably suffered enough financially driving a gas guzzling truck. Oh just so you know you are not the only one with bad luck. Got my check from the Government today. Happy right ($600) but I received my bill for my surgery $600.74. So after my rebate check I have to cough up .74 cents. Thats Life for ya, never get ahead, just try and stay even I guess.haha

  2. Tom Says:

    Walshie - Great story! Made for a very funny image in my head. Thanks for the laugh!

  3. AnnieH Says:


    That made me laugh out loud this morning. I could just imagine the nightmare in your head and the relief when policeman didn’t follow.

    Did you have to pull over just to regain yourself.

    Anyway, loved the story.


  4. jmon Says:

    I drove for weeks worried about the same thing happening to me. I’ve never driven within so many speed limits in my life! Thanks for the story.

  5. tennisjunkie Says:

    Ha! GOod one. I guess the moral of that story is when you are driving illegally, you must strictly abide by the rules of the road! I am glad you got a break - I think all ATR recoverees deserve a break or two now and again.

    Be careful out there!

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