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The Harris County Public Library

The Harris County Public Library (that’s Houston, TX, and surrounding communities) currently has a picture of a barefoot boy on their home page. Considering how libraries have such antipathy to bare feet, what’s going on?

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Health Codes

I’ll sometimes see barefooters proclaiming that “there are no health codes prohibiting bare feet in stores or restaurants”. That’s not quite right.

There are a few, and most of them are in Massachusetts.

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They Just Make This Stuff Up

How about a good fisking? There’s an article from last year on CarInsurance.com asking Is barefoot driving legal?

One has to wonder how it can be so right and so wrong at the same time.

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When do the Teens End?

I’m in the mood for revisiting an over-10-year old issue.

It is now 2014, and when does the decade of the Teens end? Of course it is December 31 of 2019, and the new decade of the Twenties starts with January 1, 2020. And that is clearly how all the decades work. Yet, back in 1999 we were told we had to wait for 2001, and that there was this huge decade/century/millennium mismatch, supposedly “because there is no year zero.” Thus we were told by the pedantic. Supposedly, Arthur C. Clarke’s “2001” has that name for the same pedantic reason.

Well, the pedants were wrong. Here’s the right answer.

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Saturday Comic

Today’s comic is from Red and Rover.

It features the 10-year-old Russell McLean (“Red”) and his dog, Rover. The strip is set in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and it’s a time when small boys really did still go barefoot most of the summer, and so we’ll see Red barefoot quite often (not the rarity that we see with Dennis the Menace).

The author of the strip, Brian Basset says that he is “retro” kind of guy, so I’m guessing that’s why he gets the barefoot boys of the late 1960s right.

Today’s strip was published on July 5, 2010.

Red and Rover, July 5, 2010

Red and Rover, July 5, 2010

And I think we all can see why Red is so good at climbing trees.

 

A Treat for the Senses

I really don’t know why I haven’t gotten more into bog-walking before this. It really is a delight for all the senses.

I had a chance to do another bog-walk two days ago.

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Here is a bit more information on the situation I talked about yesterday, with an acquaintance being detained by police for being barefoot and shirtless late at night. I also got some questions that I would like to address.

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