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Season 4 of Dual Survival started last Wednesday, with part 1 of “No End in Sight”. Part 2 is being shown tonight.

And meanwhile, the demonization of Cody Lundin, as Discovery tries to whitewash firing him, continues.

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The Dreaded Needle

From Akron, Ohio we now have the story of a first-grader who stepped on a used syringe. It happened in her school when she was emptying the trash for her teacher.

So, what was the little girl doing barefoot at school?

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On the Non-Trail Again

Last week was full of nice days, so I finally got out to do a nice barefoot bushwhacking hike at Cantwell Cliffs. I spent some time exploring again in the Henley Hollow area north of the main park area.

That’s a lot easier when the leaves aren’t on the trees yet.

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Saturday Comic

Our comic this weekend comes from the New Yorker and is dated June 23, 1997.

New Yorker, June 23, 1997

New Yorker, June 23, 1997

The artist is well-know New Yorker cartoonist Danny Shanahan.

 

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A Levi’s Advertisement

When I was doing the research for my articles on Ellen Tilton Holmsen, I happened upon what I thought was an interesting advertisement for Levi’s Jeans.

Let me set the scene.

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OK, This Is Just Disgusting

The story is about two Moms who started their own business serving a need. The main story is how they built their business.

But it is what their business is for . . .

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The new season of Dual Survival with barefooter extraordinaire Cody Lundin and super-military Joe Teti returns tonight.

But don’t get too excited.

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When last we left Ellen Tilton Holsmen, she had just finished scandalizing Reno while waiting for her quickie divorce. After all, shorts and bare feet on a pretty lady going about town (in 1934) just weren’t normal. And she wore slacks to a courtroom.

But she wasn’t finished.

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Today let’s look at a colorful character from 1934. Ellen (Mildred) Tilton Holmsen was a bona fide member of society’s elite, even appearing in the Social Register.

Well, at least she did before she came to the public’s attention.

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Saturday Comic

Earth Day is this upcoming Tuesday, so I think this cartoon, from Arlo & Janis, is quite appropriate. It is from April 22 (Earth Day), 2009.

Arlo & Janis, April 22, 2009

Arlo & Janis, April 22, 2009

I modified it slightly by adding an ellipsis and one word (guess which
one 😉 ).

 

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Two Commercials

Here are two fairly recent commercials that feature bare feet, in one way or another.

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Barefoot Girl

We’re all (I presume) familiar with John Greenleaf Whittier’s classic poem “Barefoot Boy“.

Do you think maybe I could find a poem about a barefoot girl?

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A Taxing Issue

What with income taxes in the United States being due yesterday, my local newspaper (does anybody read those any more?), The Columbus Dispatch, had a tongue-in-cheek tax form that you could fill out.

For some reason it caught my eye.

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More Barefoot Sailors

When I wrote about Barefoot Sailors, the example I used was the Spanish-American war (during the blockade of Cuba). It really only showed those sailors doing their exercises on deck in bare feet.

But what about real sailing (as opposed to powered) ships?

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Barefoot Sailors

We somehow often think of sailors as barefoot. I imagine that comes from the movies we’ve seen.

But is it accurate?

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