I'm putting this here because I felt like standing on a street corner and shouting "I have nothing to be ashamed of !" If people have to step around me, that's their stuff. Part of it is that I'm in NYC, where everybody walks too fast (except me and others like me). I made friends at ALA recently who had no trouble walking with me, and they were both from the West Coast.
It's very important that I burnish my courage, and keep walking. We do know that if I don't practice, I will forget how it's done.