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Archive for July, 2011

Just Being Comfortable

Yesterday I wore shoes for the longest time in I don’t know when: 6 hours or so. I was at my nephew’s wedding, first at the church and then at the reception.

I supposed I could have flouted convention and done it barefoot, but on the other hand, it wasn’t my day, it was the bride’s (and groom’s). Also, bare feet just don’t quite go along with a full suit, in my opinion (even though bare hands seem to work just fine).

One thing that felt really odd was driving with shoes on from the church to the reception.

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Being Barefoot and Being Known

If you go barefoot a lot, you are probably well-familiar with the dreaded store confrontation. When one occurs, it is rarely something that makes you feel better afterwards.

But I’d like to talk about the flip side.

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Another Visitor

Here’s another photo from my back yard.

I’ve known we’ve had a nest of hawks in the area for a while, since I’ve heard a lot of the screeching that they make. I’ve also heard the crows harassing them. Finally, one of the hawks perched on a nearby dead tree, so I got a good look at it.

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Barefoot Mowing

So, how much of a risk-taker are you if you mow your grass barefoot?

I generally think that it is not that much of a risk (at least not over mowing with shoes on). In this entry I’m going to discuss many of the considerations I think apply to barefoot mowing.

You will have to do your own evaluation and make up your own minds.

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Feeling Appreciated

Yesterday I did a barefoot hike at Clear Creek Metro Park. Nothing special about it; I’ve done this particular hike quite a few times; it’s probably the longest hike one can do without repeating oneself. It is also quite soothing. Additionally, because yesterday was so hot and steamy, the trails were deserted and I did not see a single other person on my 6½ mile hike.

What is noteworthy is that at the end of the hike I picked up a park map. Not that I needed one. I know the trails pretty much like the back of my foot.

I picked up the map because it was a new map, recently redone . . .

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Traction

A story came out earlier this month with some new speculation about how your fingers and toe wrinkle when they get wet. One of the better articles is Pruney fingers grip better by Ed Yong over at Nature News.

It’s really no more than a hypothesis, but it is still intriguing.

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Irish Bare Feet

Earlier I talked about Scottish Bare Feet and how going barefoot was quite common, particularly among women and children, until about 150 years ago.

Things were similar over in Ireland.

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