to "spit-shine"

Amy West medievalist at W-STS.COM
Tue Mar 6 17:41:22 UTC 2007

I was taught by my brother how to do a spit shine. He is now a Lt.
Col. in the USAF, but back then he was a gung ho CAP cadet who
starched and ironed his fatigues. He's 7 yrs. my senior, so I was
taught at a young age how to use warm water, shoe polish, and our
baby sister's cloth diapers to achieve that brilliant shine. Put a
smidge of polish on the cloth. Dip the polish in the warm water. Work
the polish in small circles. Repeat over the entire surface. Let it
sit a couple of minutes. Buff with a clean cloth to a shiny finish.

---Amy West

>Date:    Mon, 5 Mar 2007 02:00:40 -0500
>From:    Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM>
>Subject: Re: to "spit-shine"
>I'm beginning to get the impression that no one here except your
>humble correspoondent has ever spit-shined any kind of footware.

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