Yesterday’s Columbus Dispatch contained a short editorial in which they weighed in against allowing bare feet in the Statehouse.
Elias Lönnrot was a Finnish doctor. However, he is best known for collecting Finnish folk tales during the mid-1800s and producing the Kalevala. The Kalevala is considered the national epic of Finland (kind of like the Sagas of Iceland).
So, why would I include Lönnrot here?
Scandinavia is not the sort of place that you usually associate with bare feet. Being so far north would tend to suggest that, historically, folks would be shod all of the time.
But it turns out that their history of going barefoot isn’t much different than what we’ve seen in a lot of other countries.
One of the interesting formations in Hocking Hills is Rockbridge. This is a natural rock arch spanning around 95 feet. It is the longest such natural arch in Ohio.
I haven’t been to Rockbridge for quite a while. Usually, if I’m heading into Hocking County I’m looking for a longer hike, so I’ll go elsewhere. However, I’m still paying extra attention to my feet after peeling some of the skin, so, particularly with yesterday’s temperature in the mid- to upper-30s, I thought I’d revisit it.
Ken Bob Saxton, in his book Barefoot Running, Step by Step, identifies what he calls B.R.E.S.: Barefoot Running Exuberance Syndrome. He refers to some of the pains one can get when getting too exuberant about barefoot running and overdoing it. Like everything else, you have to work up to barefoot running.
The same principle applies to acclimating to the cold. I’ve called that Acclimatization Inadequacy Syndrome.
It is always interesting to read some of the comments that other people make to the newspaper stories about governments attempting to make footwear rules. Ofttimes they will be pretty supportive, or at least make sense.
But sometimes it brings out those with a strong authoritarian mindset.
I just got the agenda for the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CRSAB) meeting this Thursday. They will be discussing the shoe rule for the Statehouse, and there is new language being proposed.
The new language is still a barefoot ban.
If you have not yet written to the CRSAB (note that these are different folks than JCARR) please do so this evening or early tomorrow. If you have already written, I have some updated email addresses, so please additionally write to those folks.
Here are some particulars.
I just had to laugh. In some ways, the Golden Globes are like weddings. The women get all dressed up, including ridiculous shoes that they totter around in. And then they are so painful they have to get rid of them as soon as possible.
But Shailene Woodley of “The Descendants” came prepared.