No, I’m not talking about Daniel Day Lewis’ movie. I’m referring to
my own left foot.
Over the 24 years that my studio at UCSD was in a wooden building
with a rough concrete floor, I developed a curious talent with my
left foot. Any piece of jewelry I accidentally dropped on that
concrete floor usually ended up with a dent, scratch, or even a
chipped stone, if I was really unlucky. Because of that, I developed
an unconscious habit of sticking out my left foot as something is
dropped, and 9 times out of ten, I manage to break the fall with my
This “foot catching” trick of mine is now so automatic, that
literally anything I drop gets that quick movement of my left foot,
with the dropped object bouncing off the top of my foot. I know it’s
an unusual trick I’ve developed, but it’s prevented a lot of damage
to dropped work.
The problem is that I can’t stop my foot from trying to catch
anything I drop, and in the kitchen, a dropped knife can be a
problem. ( no knives sticking out of my foot…yet!)
Anybody else got a unique skill like the one I developed?