I get a real kick of every one's footwear, it is reminiscent of hats on men in the 40s and 50s - everyone wore similar style.
I've never been a flip-flop or open toed shoe guy, I think it is a mental block on my end, they look comfy but I usually am the nerd with sneakers on. Or, it goes back to the time of the Great Toms River Nightmare trip http://www.beemaster.com/travel/canoe.html
when I wore sandals and no shoe could have been worse for the trip. Literally I lost a sandal a dozen times - all my own fault, but I've never wore on since.
I am an envious little man sometimes - the things people can do with freedom of spirit while I'm stuck in my compulsive little shell sometime irritates me. I've mentioned I'm a work pack-rat. I have a large hemp bag to hold back-braces, gloves, headphones, a lot of junk that doesn't need to go back and forth to work with me AND a belly bag (I called it my man purse to my coworkers just for a laugh) always filled with my wallet, mini flashlight, audio digital recorder machine, mp3 players, batteries for it and my headphones, folded ear muffs, cell phone, pen, ID Cards and meds bottle. I just couldn't go on round without this emergency bag attached at the hip.
My wife, boss and coworkers think I'm whacked - I call it prepared and compulsive - but when I hit the road ESPECIALLY in a BLIZZARD at work, I have the stuff I need to hold out in a snow bank and they just sit there with nothing to do waiting for others to dig them out.
Yep.... There you have it, Beemaster is Monk (maybe not that bad) but we are all unique and now you know a bit more on me. Dang I wish I could wear sandals but if I did, I know I'd have to work a light switch 22 times just for good luck - lol.