It turns out . . .
. . . that when my orthopedist tells me that for my own medical good I should embrace the Way of the Ankle Boot for the rest of my life, and I go on a thirteen-day trip in August, and then six days later I go on a five-day trip . . .
. . . then when I get home and take my boots off, choirs of angels burst into song.
If anybody needs me, I’ll be at home, not wearing boots.