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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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No One Said It Would Be Pretty

There’s a story (from about a year and a half ago) that’s making the rounds: Going shoeless at work could make you less stressed and more productive. It’s a nice story, if a bit short.

But I have a reputation as a curmudgeon to uphold.

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They Just Don’t Stop

Yahoo News now has a new travel list: 12 People Who Should Be Banned From Flying. It was also picked up by the New York Post: The 12 types of people who should be banned from flying.

I’m sure you can guess what is number one.

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10,000 BC

There’s a new “reality show” across the big pond called 10,000 BC. The premise is that they transport 20 people back 12,000 years to see how they survive.

It’s the usual mash-up of drama and ignorance.

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Here Comes the Br(oads)ide

You know, sometimes I wonder if other blog writers are having trouble coming up with material. Why else would the New Orleans Bride Magazine ask on their “Wediquette Wednesday”, Is it OK to go barefoot at the reception?.

And even moreso, how could they come up with the answer they did?

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The Splintery Slope

We seem to be having a spate of beach municipalities being really concerned about bare feet on boardwalks and piers.

I’m not even sure where it’s coming from.

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I am often amused about the way that some barefooters will see a commercial that includes bare feet for some reason and then try so hard to interpret that as some sort of increased acceptance of bare feet, or that the ad writer is conveying how freeing going barefoot is.

I suspect it is just some sort of bareidolia.*

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