Some people think it’s just awful that I refer to my husband as Dirt Man on my blog. Well, he’s fortunate I don’t call him stinky feet! Ok. I’m going to explain both to you.
Dirt Man is a civil engineer and works for a general contractor that does site development. He is in the field as often as he is in the office. When our children were small, he was exclusively in the field. Dirt Man has never been one to hesitate to get his hands (or his entire body!) dirty in order to get something done. He has no problem jumping on a piece of machinery and doing it himself. In fact, I think he kind of likes it. Anyway, when our oldest son was in elementary school, he wrote a poem about his Daddy being the dirtiest man in the world. That my friends is why I call him Dirt Man. Bless his Mama’s heart , she did not stick him with that name…I did!
On to the stinky feet part. It really isn’t his fault. One night we were sitting in the living room, both of us pounding away on our keyboards and I caught a whiff of..of..what…stench.
Me: Dang, you stink! Could you please do that somewhere else?
Dirt Man: That wasn’t me. It was the dog.
Me: Yeah, right. You always blame the dog.
The smell continued and the dog was right at my feet, so I knew it wasn’t her. He kept professing his innocence. Finally, I realized he really wasn’t lying. This time.
So, then I start sniffing around the room. Yeah, I looked like an idiot, but I found the source. It was his freakin boots.
Me: You better clean these boot. You stepped in dog crap.
Dirt Man: I did not. I haven’t been anywhere.
Upon close inspection of his boots, we found there was no dog poo. In fact, they still looked like he’d just taken them out of the box. Actually, he pretty much had just taken them out of the box.
Now Dirt Man had been wearing Merrell boots for years. Mostly because they felt great and were good quality. However, he had never ordered this particular style. He continued wearing his stinky boots. Eventually the stench wore off and the boots wore out.
Now, the new Merrell boots come into play. Dirt Man just bought another pair. The exact same type as the last ones. Merrell Chameleon Ventilator Mid Goretex. These stink, too. Is it the leather? Is it the Goretex? The combination?
Dirt Man decided to write a review of them at the site he purchased them. At $150 a pair, a comfortable shoe shouldn’t stink! He had to fill out an online questionnaire. One of the questions inquired where you wear them. Dirt Man replied, “Obviously, not in public!”. He went on to say that he is constantly checking himself to make sure he didn’t step in dog poo. The following is the only part of his review that was published, “The last two pairs I have bought smell. Obviously, the quality of the shoe outweighs the smell.” But the two people who have read his review claimed it to have been helpful. Now, that’s my Dirt Man, keeping people’s feet smelling good, one pair at a time!