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I haven’t been doing much hiking lately—I’ve just had other things to do and I haven’t made it as much of a priority. But I made it to Hocking Hills last week to do about 8½ miles, and then yesterday I went to Great Seal State Park and did about 5 miles.

And at Great Seal I had something happen that hasn’t happened in along time: I sliced the sole of my foot.

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As I think about much of the advice that I keep seeing coming from podiatrists and other experts, I figure I must be doing something wrong.

Their admonitions just aren’t coming true.

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Dictated by Customs

You would think that after all these years of going barefooted, I’d no longer have concerns about whether to go barefoot and that worries would be behind me.

But there is still a niggling in the back of the brain.

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Save Me From Youthful Earnestness

I was in my secondary Kroger yesterday checking out when I heard that all-too-familiar request: “Sir, when you come in next time, could you please wear shoes?”

My answer: “No.”

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How Officials Cheat — Part 3

Here’s a little story about the United States Supreme Court and bare feet. I’m prompted to tell it because the USSC recently changed their official regulations.

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I was shopping on Friday at a different grocery store than my usual one. As I was wheeling my cart along, one of the employees pointed at my feet and said, “You’re in the wrong store.”

But I bet it’s not what you think.

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Snakes and Snakebite

I generally don’t worry about venomous snakes when I am out hiking, but it sure is a concern of those who I meet. So the question arises, just how much risk is one taking when out hiking barefoot?

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Sir, Are You Okay?

It’s funny how we tend to orbit our comfort zone. We get used to doing things a certain way. We go to the same places; we mainly shop the same places.

I suspect that’s particularly true when one regularly goes barefoot. You’re just interested in getting your stuff done, so you go to the places where you haven’t been hassled before.

But it is also true that we tend to exaggerate in our minds the possibility of attention. Even in new places, it doesn’t happen much.

But there are times when it can be a real surprise.

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Try and Stop Me

Here’s a bit of a cute anecdote about Dizzy Dean before he became a pro pitcher.

It’s from Bennett Cerf’s column in 1959.

Dizzy Dean, one of the all-time baseball greats, tells this story
on himself. When he was pitching for an Arkansas hillbilly nine in
his salad days, a rival outfit, determined to undo him, sprinkled
broken blass around the mound. Diz, barefoot, hurled six shutout
innings without a squawk, but then he stalked over to the rival
manager and grumbled, “Joe, you just gotta get this broken
glass away from here. It’s cuttin’ up the ball!”

Try and Stop Me

Try and Stop Me

 

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Russell Brand. Scofflaw?

No way. It’s just the usual set of ignorati.

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I’ve Got CIVD

It’s that time of year again (at least in the Northern hemisphere). For those who cannot say “me all face“, there are other things that let you go barefooted in colder weather.

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Why He Wasn’t Cold

Here’s a story that made the rounds in 1898. Despite an unfortunate stereotype by having silly “Indian-speak”, it does make an interesting point.

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“Shoeless” Joe Jackson was a baseball player from the early 1900s who was implicated in the “Black Sox” scandal of the 1919 World Series.

Here’s how Wikipedia says he got his nickname.

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The Congressman’s Wife

Here’s a rather interesting old story regarding a barefoot Congressman’s wife.

It’s from Drew Pearson’s column from 1957.

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Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow.

Last time I went Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow., it was from inline skating.

This time, it was from wearing shoes at a wedding.

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