When I am out and about barefoot in colder weather it naturally attracts comment. Folks want to stop and talk. “Aren’t your feet cold?” After a while, I pull on one of my stock phrases:
I may be crazy, but I’m not stupid.
I was out barefoot hiking again this past Friday. Aside from the usual chance to stretch my legs, I had another purpose: My explorations around Vulture Point and Vulture Cave convinced me that my map of the area just wasn’t quite right.
So I headed back there determined to pay close attention to the terrain and apply it to my map-making.
In a comment to yesterday’s entry, Beach Bum asks
What I am most curious about is what did these libraries do 40 years ago? Is anyone that worked there back then still there? I doubt it, but it would be interesting to find a retired librarian who worked in any library and ask what was done then. Did they spend all day kicking out barefoot people during the warm months of the year? Or did they conveniently make those rules after going barefoot went out of style?
I’ll try to answer that.
Well, here’s an interesting juxtaposition.
You are probably aware of my lawsuit against a library for banning bare feet. I think I’ve also mentioned that my daughter is a librarian (she tolerates me :-)).
Well, she’s at a library conference in Toledo right now, and sent me a picture.
I wore footwear two days ago for about the most in a long time. You may recall that I did oral argument in my barefoot lawsuit, Neinast v. Fairfield County District Library, in the morning. As I said there, I wore shoes, since I wanted to argue that case, not some different theoretical case about whether I could argue my case barefoot. That was 2½ hours of shoefulness. (I did drive there and back barefoot, as usual).
But that wasn’t all.
You may have noticed that yesterday’s blog entry was MIA. I was rather busy yesterday and the evening before preparing for oral argument in my appeal of the lawsuit I have against the Fairfield County District Library.
The lawsuit is an attempt to have their barefoot rule removed. The effort has been a long and winding road.
OK, I know it’s not mid-winter. But I was doing some Google searching and came upon a story from this past year’s hike.
The Hocking Hills Mid-Winter Hike is held every year in Hocking Hills State Park right around January 21. Folks hike from Old Man’s Cave to Cedar Falls to Ash Cave, and then buses take them back to where they parked.
I’ve done it three times, barefoot of course.