Booties, Hospital and Otherwise


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Recently I have had several medical appointments. Some in hospital clinics, some in private offices. Regardless of where the doctor is located, there is one thing they all have in common: those ubiquitous blue booties.

But the galosh has gone the way of the dial-up modem in favour of boots that provide better traction on ice and snow.

In places with winter weather going out is a tiresome experience with many layers of clothes and footwear required for comfort. Arriving at an appointment involves not only the removal of coats and hats and scarves but outdoor footwear.

In the days when many people, primarily men, wore galoshes over their shoes this was less of an issue. Simply kick off the heavy overshoes and Voila you’re aptly clad in your own shes. But the galosh has gone the way of the dial-up modem in favour of boots that provide better traction on ice and snow. These boots are more comfortable than galoshes and certainly more fashionable. But they must be removed when entering a house or office. Enter the blue booty conundrum.

In some offices the procedure is to remove one’s wet, snowy, slushy shoes, place them on a boot tray and don the little Smurf-like plastic bags. This way the booty remains dry and can be reused. In other offices the rule is to place the booty over the offending wet boot, thereby placing a sheath between slop and floor surface. Booties used in this manner are either turfed out or inverted and left to dry.

In some offices, the procedure is to remove one’s wet, snowy, slushy shoes, place them on a boot tray and don the little Smurf-like plastic bags.

All fine and dandy until someone screws up and goes against the grain. Nothing quite as annoying as slipping your stockinged foot into a cold wet bag. Can we not simplify this situation? Why can’t we have one method and stick to it? Pass a law, enact a statute, whatever it takes to alleviate this nuisance. My personal choice is for the boot-off-booty-on technique, but I am open to the other. Just as long as we can all get on the same page!

As an aside I must admit this post has taken me much longer to research and write than I had anticipated. Evidently, there is another kind of booty that is much more popular on Internet search sites.

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You learn something new every day.

DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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3 thoughts on “Booties, Hospital and Otherwise

  1. Your booties look much nicer than the booties WE get. Your’s look like they might even stay on your feet for a few minutes at a time. Ours fall right off.

    One size fits all adults. The other, all children. Which means the fit NO one.

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