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Saturday Comic

This comic is from August 8, 1973, right when many businesses started putting up “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service” signs in reaction to hippies. The comic is “Archie”, written by Bob Montana.

Archie, August 8, 1973

Archie, August 8, 1973

The character here is Jughead.

What’s odd here is that the restaurant doesn’t seem to mind that Jughead is shirtless, just shoeless. And we see the kind of improvisation that barefooters sometimes have to resort to.

 

Saturday Comic

Today’s comic is from Bizarro, written by Don Piraro. These comics pretty much always live up to their name.

This comic is quite recent, appearing on July 8.

Bizarro, July 8, 2016

Bizarro, July 8, 2016

This is of course entirely unrealistic. Gyms are notorious for not allowing barefooters to use the treadmill barefoot.

 

Saturday Comic

Today’s comic comes from the June 29, 1951 edition of “All in a Lifetime”.

All In A Lifetime, June 29, 1951

All In A Lifetime, June 29, 1951

Of course the joke is about messing up a new rug, but notice there is not a whole lot of concern that the boy had hurt his foot. Back then, this was just one of those things that happened, like a skinned knee, and wasn’t worth worrying about.

And these days, with us being more environmentally conscious and with a lot less litter, there are a lot fewer old tin cans lying about.

 

There have been quite a few articles out about a new study that claims that running barefoot, as opposed to running shod, improves your memory. I thought I’d take a look at the study to see what it really said, and just what it means to improve your working memory.

Barefooters probably won’t like what I have to say.

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Three Years of Saturday Comic

I did my first Saturday Comic back on July 6, 2013, and have managed to show one every weekend since then. Not only that, I’ve never repeated a comic. Who knew there were so many barefoot-relevant comics out there? I even have a few more packed away, so I’ll be able to keep doing this for a little while longer, at least.

For today’s comic I’m going to show one that I have shown before, but that was before I started doing the Saturday Comic. That means it hasn’t been here for at least three years and might be new to a lot of you. Regardless, I think it is my favorite barefoot comic. It’s from the strip Arlo & Janis by Jimmy Johnson. The main characters are named after Arlo Guthrie and Janis Joplin, so there has always been a bit of a hippie vibe to it.

Arlo & Janis, November 20, 2003

Arlo & Janis, November 20, 2003

I did modify the comic just a bit, but I think it sums up beautifully some of the challenges of being a barefooter.

 

Bare feet? In the Library?

There was an article in yesterday’s Columbus Dispatch, Story-time hero at Whetstone library retires after 3,000 readings. The long-time story-time librarian (and assistant manager) at the Whetstone branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Sam Pathy, is retiring today.

And you’ll never guess what was in the cover photo.

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Ya Wanna Get In Shape For Hiking?

Central Ohio is probably not the best place to be located if you are trying to get in shape for hiking or backpacking somewhere with mountains. But I do have a favorite place to do as much as I can.

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