While I was at the Ohio Statehouse on Wednesday, tiptoeing through getting a waiver for the day from their shoe rule, the Ohio General Assembly initiated an action that could unintentionally wipe it away.
So I am chortling.
There is simply no place in the U.S. where it is illegal to walk barefoot down city streets in the normal course of life. There was even a court case that found such a city ordinance, in Youngstown, Ohio, unconstitutional.
However, every now and again there is a street festival that takes it upon itself to have a footwear condition. The Arts, Beats & Eats festival in Royal Oak, Michigan, is one of them.
I thought I’d give a recap of what happened regarding bare feet the past two years on the Shuttle Buses at the Grand Canyon. It’s mainly just an excuse to post the email I sent to the Superintendent of the park, but I think it’s also useful to see it all laid out in one place.
Folks may recall that last year when I was at the Grand Canyon I had a bit of an incident with the Shuttle Bus system. I wrote about it in Abyss Bus Barefoot Ban.
Today was a bit of a rest day here at the Grand Canyon, so my son and I did a bit of shuttle riding, heading out to Hermit’s Rest.
Fear and Breastfeeding in Las Vegas is the name of a blog entry from The Leaky Boob, a “lactivist” (love the word) blog about breastfeeding. It’s a great story (go read it) of a breastfeeding mother standing up to a restaurant in Las Vegas that questioned her breastfeeding of her child there.
I also think it is related to barefooting (though, of course, I can find that just about everything is related to barefooting).
Via The Primalfoot Alliance comes a pointer to a story from last September in Corpus Christi in which the Health Department initiated an inspection of a restaurant because one of their employees was photographed after having taken her shoes off.
Even the Health Department doesn’t know its own rules.
I left the Grand Canyon heading east, to Desert View. This is the location where the southward-flowing Colorado River makes a right turn and heads west, towards the main Grand Canyon Village.
I made some interesting observations at Desert View regarding barefootedness in the National Parks.
It is libraries that are the most ridiculous when it comes to government entities that ban bare feet. An internet search I did a while back showed that around 2/3 of libraries in the U.S. have a shoe rule.
Coming in second are transit systems.
Even worse with transit systems, often the drivers are ignorant as to whether there is such a policy.
You all may recall that on March 22, 2012, the day that the barefoot ban went into effect at the Statehouse, I wrote a letter to them asking for a perpetual waiver, citing my testimony about how my going barefooted helps my knees, etc..
Today, 2 and a half weeks later, I finally got a reply from them.