Beware: Criminals With Loud Shoes
Don’t Let Yourself
be alarmed. This hub by all indications, is a work of pure sanity, and can be let up to the light of day as conclusive proof of the statement I shall make in a few moments. So relax. Pour yourself a cup of fresh coffee and relax—for “this” piece has NEVER been published on this website, magazine, or newspaper of the wealthy, powerful types.
I should apologize to you for the opening as I said “don’t let yourself be alarmed,” because I did not want my writing to be that of a man man or someone who is just grasping at straws as the gentle breezes (of Kansas) draws them away never to be used for anything.
As narratives go, I should also say to you, besides the apology, that this hub is NOT a narrative, but a personal work that I think will bring pleasure, even the smallest piece, to that one in four citizens who might be drawn to looking at my headline only to see what it is about.
It could have been Wagon Train if it weren’t for me watching “Paladin,” go after every law-breaker that just happened to be available.”
“I shall never forget the revelation that came over me. I was watching a classic western: Have Gun – Will Travel starring Richard Boone as “Paladin,” this sophisticated bounty hunter living in San Francisco.— Me, Kenneth Avery
My Thinking Was Pure
I have never watched any show where the plot had the good guy who couldn’t sneak-up on some troublemaker who had just stolen his mother’s car. It don’t happen. And it didn’t happen as far back as it did in Have Gun – Will Travel the episode that I was watching. The hero, dressed in black, “Paladin,” had found the law-breaker sitting near his campfire eating a slice of rabbit—food that was made for a troublemaker on the lamb.
“Paladin,” tried his very best to not make any noise as he inched himself closer and closer to the outlaw’s fire, but just as sure as I am sitting here trying to seize as many colorful adjectives that I can, the lawbreaker’s horse must have startled “Paladin,” because no sooner than the thug saw “Paladin,” he had his .45 Colt in his hand with the hammer cocked, ready to fire on our hero, “Paladin.”
But “Paladin,” was one cool customer. He got up, lifted his hands and said with a sarcastic smirk, “not good for a bounty hunter who has noisy feet,” and sat down near the lawbreaker’s fire upon asking if he might have a cup of coffee. And there were not that many outlaws that would turn down a cup of coffee to anyone who was now in deep trouble.
This plot was so slick that neither “Paladin,” or the jail-breaker asked, “what gave you away?” I mean, what was the point. The two men, the good and bad, heard something. Even the bad man’s horse heard something that alarmed it. I guess that the only wise living thing was “Paladin’s” horse who did not make any signs of a noise—it just stood still and acted cool.
The Shoes, No Matter
the make, are able to make noise. Take the photo in the top. These are professional tap shoes and people have made a good living tap dancing. The late Gregory Hines and Arthur Duncan are two who prospered greatly on the tap and I remember them both. I could them as a duo or a solo act and watch their brilliant tap dance routines all day long.
Maybe it was the choice of the scriptwriters who made the show’s plot be broadcast in this fashion. Then again, maybe not. I think it was some unknown law or something.
I have an idea! Take a good look at the white high heels in very top photo. There is not one woman who cannot steal a guy’s eye of appreciation when he hears the familiar sound of a woman’s high heels hitting the sidewalk. It’s the Law of Nature: Always seek out the pretty women who are adorned with high heels.
Since watching Have Gun—Will Travel, I took it on myself to watch several shows that portrayed a good dose of good versus evil in their characters—and I found out, (by my chagrin), that more than once did I witness the criminal sneaking up on our hero and then robbed the poor fella and laughing all the way to the bank.
And there is another Law of Nature: If you are entertaining the idea of wanting to become a burglar, don’t. Because somewhere at some time, a would-be convict could be lurking in the forbidden darkness and in a flash, your sneakers will betray you every time.
December 1, 2018_______________________________________________
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