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We all know that barefooting was more common in the past. However, it was not that there were that many people who went barefoot all the time, but that they didn’t have the qualms about doing so when the occasion seemed right (saving one’s shoes, e.g., while plowing a field), or as a kid growing up.

Thus, even back then, those who never wore shoes were part of local color, and tended to get written about (just like today!).

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Barefoot Log-Walking

Over the weekend I went barefoot hiking with a friend of mine. He’d never seen Vulture Point and Airplane Rock, so the two of us headed there and then did the bushwhack between the two. This was the first time he had bushwhacked (which included scrambling down a rather steep rock face), but he did just fine.

It was great fun.

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Today’s Comic

You might enjoy today’s Hagar the Horrible comic strip.

Hagar the Horrible, August 29, 2011

Hagar the Horrible, August 29, 2011

As far as I’m concerned, any excuse will do.

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Schizophrenia

Sometimes I really wonder if anything makes sense any more. But how is it that “Natural Running” can’t decide if that means barefoot, or in shoes?

It started when I saw this video:

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Followup: Another Spider

Yesterday I had that cool picture of the spider that’s been hanging around for a while, and I mentioned that during the daytime she just curls up in a corner of the window.

What she’s doing is trying as much as possible to look like just a smudge of dirt, as you can see here:

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Another Spider

As summer starts to wind down, now is the time that orb-weavers go into overtime getting ready to lay eggs to last over the winter. We’ve had one outside our window for about a week now. Every day she curls up in one small corner of the window, but at night she comes out and builds a pretty spectacular web.

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Prehensile

I popped a disc in my back last week. I was lifting a tree trunk I had just cut down so that I could get to it to cut it into smaller pieces. I obviously lifted it wrong. Fortunately, I didn’t pop my back too badly, as I was able to slowly, veeeerrrrryyy slowly, straighten up and get the disc to re-seat itself. However, the muscles around there also continued (and still continue) to complain about the incident. And that means that bending over is a dangerous proposition. I can still bend over, but it’s a slow and laborious process.

I bet you can guess what my solution is . . .

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