Because I, for one, am laughing my head off! The very image...
As for my tale of the tape, many Caltech undergrads go completely
shoeless. I compromised with flourescent pink slippers one winter, but
they snapped, so I just mada hoop of clear moving tape. Had to keep
refreshing it as it wore through, but it *saved me a trip to the
outside world* to buy shoes, and was therefore justifiable.
That it added to my legendary status for tackiness within the
Department; well, that was icing on the cake...