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In a comment to “Smiley: Barefoot Australian Boy”, Victor asks:

Watching movies like this, I always ask myself a bitter question: how come that my generation, and myself as a child, were deprived of such a natural and great thing as going barefoot everywhere? Why did all those hangups about bare feet develop?

I have a possible theory.

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Today’s colorful character comes to us from Australia, which is (or at least was) well-known for its barefooted outback characters.

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Smiley: Barefoot Australian Boy

I thought folks might be interesting about this old movie, about Smiley. It’s based on a book by the same name by Moore Raymond, and is often referred to as the “Huckleberry Finn” of Australia.

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There was a time when Actor Anthony (“Psycho”) Perkins went around barefoot. Unfortunately, it didn’t last.

Peer pressure.

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Another Dispatch Photo

Here’s another in the series of photographs from The Columbus Dispatch, from yesterday’s paper.

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Balance. Agility. Barefoot.

Here’s a youtube video that’s making the rounds.

In it you will see the best one-ball juggling you’ve ever seen.

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Yesterday, in Part 1 I wrote about using LiDAR to predetermine just where the earthworks atop Salisbury Hill would be.

In this entry I’ll write more about the beauty of the hike (or just wandering about), and a bit of how I updated my map of the park.

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In last week’s entry on Salisbury Hill, I described how I go about mapping an area that is new to me.

Yesterday I returned to polish that up, along with doing some further looking for remnants of the Hopewell structure on top of the hill.

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Corns? No, Cornells!

Here’s a very nice video story from the Cornell Daily Sun, which is the student newspaper at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

It entitled, “Campus Trends: Students Trek Through Ithaca Without Footwear”.

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On Martha’s Vineyard

Here’s a very nice recollection of bare feet on Martha’s Vineyard.

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Cargo Cult Barefooting

Can’t get enough earthing? But are you so addicted to the whole idea of shoes that you want to get your daily dose of quackery even when shod?

Well then, Earthrunners are just right for you.

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Salisbury Hill

After I spent the weekend palling around with archeologists looking at the Newark Earthworks, during A Mound Walk, and after having Jeff Gill (the Docent of the Day) mention and point out Salisbury Hill (his name for it), I got to wondering if it was accessible to the general public.

So I went into my usual anal-compulsive research mode, and ended up exploring it on Tuesday.

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Oh, Nuts!

As I was exiting the Observatory Circle after at the Octagon Open House after my Mound Walk, there were a whole bunch of nuts on the golf cart pavement. I had somebody ask me, “Do you know what kind of nuts those are?” “Hickories, probably pignut hickories.” “Thanks. Aren’t those rather hard to step on?” “I just don’t step on them, but even if I do (I said as I stepped on one), it’s not much trouble. My foot folds around it.”

But there are some nuts . . .

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A Mound Walk

The Ancient Ohio Trail sponsored another walk through the City of Newark (Ohio) to look for traces of ancient Native American Mounds. I wrote about the August one in A Walk with the Currents.

There was another walk on Saturday. This walk was a bit shorter (3.3 miles, as opposed to 8.5 miles), and tended to cover the same material, but it was regardless a very nice pleasant fall trek.

You might want to refer back to my previous entry as we go along.

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Barefoot4Them

When I wrote in yesterday’s entry that It’s Barefoot Season at the Dispatch,that wasn’t all of it. The Dispatch also had a full story that was barefoot-related.

However, that story had a lot of familiar elements, and those were nothing we are particularly fond of.

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