Wednesday, July 18, 2007


Most folks have been having hot weather. Do you know how bubblegum becomes once it hits the asphalt after being spit out by someone who was tired of chewing it, especially in this 90+ degree heat? I found out when I went to the post office. When I got back in my car and started to shut the door, there was several long strings of pink goo going from the spit out gum on the asphalt to the bottom of my sandal that was already in the car. Well CRAP and double CRAP!!

WHAT A MESS!!! Needless to say I had some not so nice thoughts about whoever spit the gum out there. I had some thoughts about where that gum really ought to be instead of on the bottom of my foot! Then I gave myself a going over for not watching where I was stepping. Of course you don't expect something nasty like that to be right there in the parking lot. I got out and walked in the grass and wiped my sandal as clean as I could. Then I had to pick the bits off that were draped over the floorboard.

Well, things like that happen. I just hate it when they do though. It was almost hitonious!!!


Blogger b13 said...

I hate when that happens... :(
Especially when you have grooves in your soles... :(

7:46 PM  
Blogger Susie said...

Sounds like an icky sticky mess!

9:06 PM  
Anonymous eries argonaut said...

Now when I'm having a bad day I can always think, "at least I didn't step in hot gum" and I'd feel better. Love your blog.

6:08 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

That happends to me a lot and Jimmy says it's because I don't watch where I'm stepping. And to that I say why don't these chewing gum folks wrap their used gum back up and toss it in the trash instead of on the ground?

7:47 AM  
Blogger Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

Put your sandals in the freezer when you get home. Frozen the gun will come off.

Did you ever use bubble gum on a stick to catch doodle bugs????

7:55 AM  
Blogger TLP said...

Ya know what? I swallow gum when I'm finished with it. I've done it all my life. I'm old, so obviously it doesn't kill you or hurt a person in any way. So SWALLOW your damn gum people! Or, throw it away. Was that so hard?

8:28 AM  
Blogger nora said...

Hitonious was the exact word I was thinking of when I read "bubblegum...90+degrees..shoe"

Soon we can make a whole outfit made from goofed-up clothes. I have a skirt to offer, you've got the sandals. Anyone spill coffee on your shirt today?

10:56 AM  
Blogger possum said...

It has been good to catch up with you... I, too, have been away - back to the land of my childhood, no doubt driving everyone nuts with "Gee, I remember when that used to be......." I liken it to visiting the ghosts of the past. sigh. I enjoyed your pictures - all but those signs on the post - now that was scary. Bet those guys coming towards you had banjos... wanna bet? Glad you didn't stick around to find out!

11:54 AM  
Blogger PEA said...

Oh boy, that's one of my pet peeves...stepping onto gum that someone spit out!!! I did that a couple of weeks ago and it took me forever to get the gum off my sandal...I had everything sticking to it for a long time!! xox

1:59 PM  
Anonymous Jerry said...

Yuck. I hate stepping in gum!

3:28 PM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

LOL, LOL..Oh No! It is not really fact, to my way of thinking it IS VERY VERY HITONIOUS!

I sooo agree with you there Rachel....I think I would be saying more than CRAP! (lol)

Thanks so very much for your wonderful comment, my dear....I feel the same way about seeing all these things and really "looking", you know? In a way, getting in as close as possible gives one the oportunity to realkly 'look'! And I love that, too!

3:56 PM  
Blogger Ralph's Homespun Headlines said...

That very thing happened to me on Tuesday. Can't tell you what I said. Well, I can tell you - just don't think you appreciate it.

8:55 PM  
Blogger Cheyenne said...

That's why when I decide to get rid of my gum I flip if off into the grass or bushes. I absolutely hate stepping into that on a hot day. Yuck!

12:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yuck and double yucky!


1:11 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Well, Rachel, I'm sorry I didn't read this Wednesday. Things are sort of snowed under here lately for me.
Anyway some good advice follows, just do like I do (NOT like--I won't say her name--and flip it where we are less likely to step in it).

1st -- How do I dispose of my gum?
A. I don't chew gum, I have a 'slight phobea' that it will pull my fillings out or one of my crowns off.

2nd -- how do I get it off my shoes? (Rachel, you can't be careful enough where you step, so smell the roses and see the scenery, keep your eyes only on the ground enough to keep from falling.)
A. My procedure:
1. head to the nearest gas station;
2. get a napkin from the armrest of the car;
3. remove a hose;
4. let a little bit of residue gas drip out onto the napkin;
5. rub the shoe with the gasoline; and
6. repeat steps 1 through 6 as necessary.
7. If you run out of gas go to another station and repeat 1-6.

Mrs. Jim approves of this method but doesn't follow my advice.
BTW, these are procedures G004 and G005 in my FAMILY PROCEDURES MANUAL.

1:52 PM  
Blogger Britmum said...

It makes me mad too. Some people are just pigs. I hope it didn't make too much of a mess.

Take care xx

8:04 AM  
Blogger Rurality said...

There is only one worse thing to step in. :)

3:51 PM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

That gooey gum on your shoe and in your car is borderline hitonious for sure!
I've stepped in gooey gum like that before, and I too had a few not so nice thoughts for the spitter. :-)

5:18 PM  
Blogger Mountain Mama said...

One time many years ago, I spit my bubblegum on the street when we got out of the car. When we got back in, my stepfather stepped in it. I won't tell you what he said but I will say I never did that again.

10:05 PM  

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