But now I'm walking down a fairly busy street and I have to wonder if someone else might trip over my shoelaces and if this is liability. I for one do not have insurance against such things. So rather than going into the poorhouse (I wonder how many families have ended up in the poorhouse because of their shoelaces?) I try to find an appropriate place to stop to tie my shoe.
The problem being that as far as I can tell every surface in New York City is in play and really why do human flies need to climb up the sides of buildings? There is no more vulnerable position on a busy sidewalk than the crouch. In the crouch even toddlers can run head-first full blast into you and knock you down, take your wallet and giggle. But if I decide to post a foot up on a near-by implement, say a hydrant, then I am also in this indefensible flamingo pose. But there's really no other choice. The shoelace must be tied and guard must be let down for the brief time it takes the rabbit to go into the hole and around the bend, etc.
The funny thing is I can never recall seeing anyone else over the age of six stopping on the sidewalk to tie their shoe. Is this the sort of he thing the mind just ignores and moves on or am I just the only adult who never learned to tie a proper square knot?