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Ouisch57 karma

I found out in a somewhat frightening way that this is indeed a fetish, and apparently a popular one. Back in the 1980s I worked in a small office suite inside a larger office building. My boss was gone for the day one afternoon, so I kicked off my high heels and while I did all the filing I'd been putting off. Mind you, I was wearing slacks and was wearing nylon knee-highs. This man appeared in the doorway (most offices kept their doors propped open in that era for some reason) and asked me where the mailroom was. I replied that there was nothing like that in the building, but there was a mailbox just outside at the curb, and a post office less than half a mile away. He smiled and thanked me and said "I owe you lunch!" I shrugged him off, saying no prob, etc. But then he'd keep stopping buy in the afternoons and asking me to join him for coffee. I finally capitulated, agreeing to meet him at the coney island down the street (I drove there in my own car). I was wearing sandals that day and while we were chatting he reached under the table and grabbed my big toe (I had my legs crossed, so one foot was up and off the ground). I recoiled in surprise and said "Don't tug on my toe!" "Oh, I wasn't tugging it!" He held up his hands in innocence. He then leaned forward and said in a quiet voice, "I just want to rub it." "What?!" I was trying to comprehend the situation. "I've seen you walking around without your shoes," he continued, "and I must say that your feet are just as attractive as the rest of you."

Ouisch56 karma

I'm presuming you're young and relatively healthy; does the lack of city services ever worry you? Like calling 911 and getting a busy signal or (once you get through) being told to drive yourself to the hospital because there's an hour or more wait for EMS/ambulance? Or has that situation improved in the past decade?

Ouisch23 karma

I lived in Detroit (Harper and Cadieux area) from 1992 until 2000. That was the time when I had a few medical emergencies that required (unsuccessful) 911 calls (one of which turned out to be a stroke....after Detroit's 911 operator informed us to drive ourselves to the hospital in order to avoid a 45 minute or more waiting time). The fire hydrant in front of our next door neighbor's house was stolen by (apparently) metal scrappers in late 1998 and still hadn't been replaced by the time we moved in 2000. I guess you're fortunate to have the cell phone numbers of local cops in case of emergency.

Ouisch8 karma

Likewise, I've read several studies that indicate a sigmoidoscopy is a less expensive, less invasive type of screening test that is rarely recommended by doctors who instead actively advise a colonoscopy (I'm guessing because colonoscopies generate more income from folks with insurance). A sigmoidoscopy doesn't require sedation, so the patient doesn't require a driver after the procedure. And if there are any irregularities in the sigmoidoscopy, then a colonoscopy will be indicated/recommended. Thoughts?

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A publishing question for you - how did you get Macmillan interested in your manuscript? Did you first send it to an agent? Did you have a finished manuscript or just an outline/pitch idea when you first started shopping your book idea?