Conversation # 30,107

Why do you always hit the heels of your shoes against the floor before putting them on?

It's a habit I picked up in Arizona. I wanna knock loose any spiders or scorpions that might have crawled inside.

In all the years you've done this have you ever found a spider or a scorpion?

No.

But it will only take one to justify a lifelong habit.

from THE LONG GOODBYE by Raymond Chandler

Defending The Realm