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No Shirt, No Jewelry, No Service

I was looking through a book entitled “The Investigator’s Handbook,” by Walter M. Strobl (1984, Butterworth Publishers, Boston, MA). It is more or less a (thin) textbook for undercover private investigators. There are chapters on “Shipping and Receiving Department Activity,” “Employee Misconduct Investigations,” “Traffic Accident Investigations,” and “Guidelines for Conducting Insurance Investigations,” among others.

In the chapter on “The Retail Store Investigator,” he includes a section on “Shoplifting Methods.” That is where I found the following (p. 55):

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Just a reminder that they will be showing a new episode of Dual Survival this evening, 9:00pm EDT. This one is entitled, “Buried Alive” and has the following description:

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Minimalist Marines

My son the marine pointed me to this article, Minimalist Footwear Hits the Military Barracks.

I’m usually pretty down on minimalist shoes. Most of that is because people call them “barefoot shoes” which is just plain inaccurate. The other reason is cautionary: everything I have gleaned is that the transition from fully shod to minimalist can lead to more injuries than transitioning from fully shod to barefoot. I’ve stated this before. Long-term shoe wearing will have weakened not only the skin of the soles, but all of the internal structures of the foot: the bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments. When you go minimal, the only one of those weakened structures you continue to protect is the skin. Instead, the skin should be used as an early warning device to protect the entire foot in its weakened state.

Back to the military . . .

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HuffPo: Is Running Barefoot Safe?

A couple of days ago the Huffington Post had another barefoot article: Running Barefoot: Is it Safe? Should You Try it?. It started out by noting that The Barefoot Runners Society has designated May first as International Barefoot Running Day. The author of the piece, Dr. Neil Blitz, is a doctor of podiatric medicine. It was nice, for a change, to see such a podiatrist with an open mind. His main point?

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Duck!

Yesterday’s hike took me a full 125 feet to the back of my yard, where our creek runs. We’ve had a pair of mallard ducks there for the past couple of weeks. A pair has shown up for at least the last 5 years, but I have no idea whether it is the same pair or not. I would guess they are nesting, but I’ve never seen any ducklings. (I am also concerned about a couple a cats in the area—their owners just let them run loose and it drives me crazy.)

Here’s a shot with the male swimming in our creek:

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Liberty Lacking

One of the more famous barefooters, Dr. Daniel Howell, is a professor
at Liberty University. Here is an article from the Liberty Champion that highlights the barefoot running club that has arisen there. For once, we get a he said/she said article in which the barefooter gets the last word instead of an uninformed podiatrist.

Here’s a portion where they quote Dr. Howell:

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Cantwell Can’t Very Well

On Thursday I headed over to Cantwell Cliffs. This is one of the units of Hocking Hills State Park and Hocking State Forest. All of the other units are pretty-much connected, but Cantwell Cliffs stands alone. It is also the most northernmost unit. It turns out that I haven’t been there in probably 10 years, so I thought I’d add it to the areas that I’ve mapped.

I of course brought along with me topo maps of the park.

When I entered the park, I was greeted by the following map on a bulletin board:

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