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Saturday Comic

Here’s a comic from May 20, 1947. It’s from the strip Barney Google and Snuffy Smith, which takes place in hillbilly country. Oddly enough, the strip rarely shows the characters barefoot, but this is one of them.

Snuffy Smith, May 20, 1947

Snuffy Smith, May 20, 1947

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I had to look up “swow” (and even that had very few hits). It is supposedly a dialectal form of “swear”, so “I swow” here is “I swear”, meaning something like “Oh, my goodness” or “I had no idea”.

 

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Saturday Comic

Today’s comic is really, as far as I’m concerned, an anti-comic. It appeared a week ago (August 26) in the strip Six Chix. This particular one was drawn by Stephanie Piro. It really annoys me.

Six Chix, August 26, 2017

Six Chix, August 26, 2017

The thing is, if she was unaware of all those things as a kid, maybe it’s because they (mostly) aren’t there. And when they occasionally were, her feet were more than able to cope with them. (And since when are rocks and sticks “icky”?)

And maybe she thinks flip-flops are without the ick and the ouch, but she’s just traded for a more hidden ick and ouch. Isn’t it icky to realize she is treading on all the dead skin that’s come off her feet and embedded itself on the top of the flip-flop? And the ouch comes from the diminished proprioception of her soles that means that she’s OK walking with an odd gait that can affect her core all the way up through her back? (Flip-flops also aren’t all that much “protection” from sharp objects that can penetrate the rubbery sole; and by the time you feel it, you’ve already put all your weight on it—unlike when you are barefoot and feel the hazard immediately.)

The only thing that’s good about people wearing flip-flops is that it provides a bit of cover for those of us who really go barefoot. I’ve heard the pelmatophobes say to barefooters: “Nobody wants to see your feet.” Yet, they are perfectly OK with flip-flops and don’t complaint about seeing feet with them, illustrating perfectly their irrationality. Also, the flip-flop look helps barefoot sandals do their thing. So in some ways flip-flops help make going completely barefoot more acceptable.

 

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Swamped With Cache

In this post I will finish up writing about my trip to southern Illinois to see the total eclipse. This will describe my first day there, August 18. In previous posts I described my second day (To Heron Back), my third day (The Pre-Eclipse Garden of the Gods), and my last day (Great Eclipse), the day of the eclipse. It made sense to do the eclipse first while it was still a news item and fresh in people’s minds. And the full reverse order just arose from that.

On the 18th I went canoeing in a bona fide swamp.

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Saturday Comic

Today’s comic is from June 10, 1971. It’s from Muggs and Skeeter, drawn by Wally Bishop.

Muggs and Skeeter, June 10, 1971

Muggs and Skeeter, June 10, 1971

Hey, I can do that!

 

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To Heron Back

I’m continuing to write about my trip to southern Illinois to see the eclipse. I was somewhat undecided whether to make the nearly 500 mile drive there, but what tipped the balance was that I knew there was a bald cypress swamp there.

So here I’ll describe my second visit to the Cache River State Natural Area.

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Let me continue writing about my trip to the Shawnee National Forest to see the eclipse. One of the nicer geologic features at Shawnee is The Garden of the Gods, a sandstone rock formation.

I went there the day before the eclipse and they shut down the place around me.

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Saturday Comic

Around here school started back up on Wednesday. Way back when, that would have meant complaints from wearing shoes again after having gone barefoot all summer long. Here’s a comic from September 6, 1946. It’s from “All in a Lifetime” by Beck.

All in a Lifetime, September 6, 1946

All in a Lifetime, September 6, 1946

Just some thoughts: it looks like his mother let him mow the lawn all summer lawn barefoot if it’s only now that he’s complaning—I guess that wasn’t considered too dangerous. Also, I’ve never heard that wrinkled sock excuse used in tandem with stuffing feet into shoes that are probably too small. And finally, just think about how common it was to force kids into doing something that hurt so much, just to conform.

 

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