I’ll sometimes see barefooters proclaiming that “there are no health codes prohibiting bare feet in stores or restaurants”. That’s not quite right.
There are a few, and most of them are in Massachusetts.
Today’s comic is from Red and Rover.
It features the 10-year-old Russell McLean (“Red”) and his dog, Rover. The strip is set in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and it’s a time when small boys really did still go barefoot most of the summer, and so we’ll see Red barefoot quite often (not the rarity that we see with Dennis the Menace).
The author of the strip, Brian Basset says that he is “retro” kind of guy, so I’m guessing that’s why he gets the barefoot boys of the late 1960s right.
Today’s strip was published on July 5, 2010.
And I think we all can see why Red is so good at climbing trees.
A barefoot and shirtless acquaintance of mine from south Texas was recently detained by the police, simply because he was barefoot and shirtless (outside). He would like to know if this was false imprisonment, and whether had has a cause of action to sue them.
The answer, as is so often the case in these situations, is
I’m back up in northern Wisconsin (so I’m not sure how much blogging I’ll do—I should be out on the lake). But Saturday evening my wife and I went out to eat, and at the restaurant we ate at, I saw a patron with his bare feet resting on another of the chairs at their table.
You’ll never guess what happened next . . .
(Click bait! Click bait!)
I think that, within the barefooting community, we are all aware of the term “shoddie”. There are some who don’t like it, saying that it can be insulting to habitual shoe-wearers, but I do use it, and I think it aptly describes what’s going on.
I thought I’d start by tossing out a few definitions.
Last week we heard the story about the Children in a Democracy report cover that was torn off because it depicted 3 barefoot children on their way to school, and the government offical thought that reflected badly on the United States.
In one of the newspapers of the time there appeared a poem that mocked that decision.
You all may recall the situation I reported on a month ago, in which a McDonalds employee in Newark, Ohio (my back yard) was photographed barefoot in the store. There was a big news story and the Licking County Health Department sent an inspector and considered it a health code violation.
I wondered what would happen if I tried to eat there barefoot. But it turns out that there is quite a bit more to the story.
Fútbol (soccer) is one of those games that just seem a natural for playing barefoot. It’s played on a large grassy field. You see kids all over the world playing that way. It’s probably safer played barefoot; with all that kicking going on, I sure would prefer that a misaimed kick come from a bare foot.
But you sure won’t see a World Cup game played barefoot.