Devoted Spouse in his internet wanderings finds the oddest items of interest. I thought for a long time that he spent his lazy hours in the recliner just reading forums and articles on guns and knives and outdoor manly stuff. The other day he surprised me completely by telling me he had found quite an interesting article that I might find helpful. I was expecting a lesson on how to clean a gun (since I have recently acquired a few of my own). But where did he send me?
To Ian’s Shoelace Tying Site. I’m not making this up. Ian’s Shoelace Tying Site. He actually has a byline: “Ian’s Shoelace Site – Bringing you the fun, fashion & science of shoelaces”. There is a guy out there on the web who claims (and shows pictures) of seventeen different ways to tie shoe laces. Seventeen. And he calls this fun. Tying shoelaces is fun to this man. He has names for all his different ways of tying shoelaces. If he has names for all his ways of tying shoelaces, what other things does he name, hmmm??? For example there is Ian’s Secure Knot, the Surgeon’s Knot, the Halloween Knot, and the Reef Knot, just to name a few. He has pictures and directions to go along with all these knots you can make. I’m not sure where this could lead, frankly. Today shoe laces, tomorrow who knows what Ian is naming? (just kidding, Ian, don’t sue me)
These days I don’t care about tying knots — on the days I absolutely have to wear tennis shoes with laces I just do the plain old whatever I learned as a kid knot and double knot it so it won’t come undone in the middle of the store and I’ll have to do the old lady trying to bend over routine. I think Velcro is a better idea anyway. Plus it’s about time for sandals and flip flops so I think I’ll skip trying to learn some of Ian’s amazing knots.
But, go check out the website – go tie it or try it for yourself. I was simply amazed. Devoted Spouse discovers the neatest things to keep me amused and keep my mind off the pain in my back. Simply amazing. Did I mention Ian kind of creeps me out a bit – couldn’t he have just stopped at four or five knots and been satisfied? And, are we absolutely positively sure he ONLY uses these knots for shoelaces? I dunno…