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Tying to the right - and the left - Mike Davis

Someone asked me an interesting question last week.

"Do you tie your shoes right-handed or left-handed?" he asked.

Now, before you get frustrated and say, "Well, naturally, I use both hands," let's explore the implications of this question.

After all, we're in an election year and much like during the McCarthy Era, we've got to be careful about sending mixed political signals.

Someone who ties his shoes left-handedly, one might reasonably conclude, could be labeled a liberal.

I can hear the phrase, "He ties his shoes left-handed," screamed out at a political rally, taking over as the 21st century's "He wears pink underwear."

You see, during the McCarthy Era, anything that might be considered a leftist bent could reasonably be expected to be blown out of proportion eventually leading to a Communist label?pink underwear and all.

Conversely, any activity that could be considered right-leaning, conservative, deregulatory or "small-government" can be blown up as "right-wing" or coldly conservative.

My father posed another interesting question to me: Are you "right-eyed" or "left-eyed."

You see, he explained, everyone has a dominant eye and it doesn't always correspond to your dominant hand.

The way to tell which is dominant is to pick a spot on a wall or an object in the distance. With both eyes open, hold your thumb out at arm's length and cover the object.

Now, close your right eye and leave your left eye open. Then, close your left eye and leave your right eye open.

If, when you closed your right eye, the object didn't appear to move, you're left-eyed and vice versa.

This poses an interesting question based on an interesting question: How can you be right-handed and be left-eyed? Further, if you're right-handed, does that mean you have to tie your shoes on the right?

Probably not, the man explained. You see it all has to do with the loop and how you tie it.

If you make the loop on the left, you tie your shoes left-handed but you could be right-handed?and furthermore, left-eyed.

So how do I tie my shoes?

Proudly, I looked down, lifted my pant leg slightly, and said: "I wear loafers."

Michael Davis covers government for the Daily Herald. He can be reached at (770) 957-9161 or via e-mail at mdavis@henryherald.com.