... I had more time to devote to this blog.
In the meanwhile:
I see the shoe repairman light up his fat stogie through the glass door of his fluorescently-announced shop. As I'm leaving, he points to my nails and says, "Blue, huh? I could do your nails for you when you come back for the boots. Shoulda done 'em green for Halloween. I'll polish 'em for ya", and laughs hard while brandishing a piece of leather at me.