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The Pleasure of Being Recognized

One of the downsides of going barefooted is the constant worry (even if we get used to it) of having some store employee seeing us barefoot and throwing a fit.

But there is also an upside.

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Library, Thy Name is Hypocrisy

I’ve written before about the Haverhill Library.

It seems they have this rule against bare feet . . .

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“Old Main” in Cincinnati

Regular readers know I have this thing about libraries. They tend to be the one governmental function that has taken it upon themselves to deny their taxpayers access for spurious reasons: visiting barefoot. Even worse, you’d think a place dedicated to providing access to learning would make an effort to learn something themselves, but instead, when challenged, they double down.

So, here’s a short look at one library’s change in accepting bare feet.

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Shod-Walking

I am one of the fortunate few who is able to go barefoot nearly 24/7. In the past year my shoe-wearing time is under 24 hours. Most of that really didn’t entail walking around (think weddings and funerals).

And that made me forget just how much shod-walking really is a burden.

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Hanlon’s Razor

Some of the reactions to my blog entry about Burien, WA banning bare feet were rather interesting. Some thought that the city council people were terrible authoritarians. Another thought that the town had gone full blown communist.

I’d like to introduce you to Hanlon’s Razor: “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”

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Burien, WA Bans Bare Feet

Burien, WA is a suburb of Seattle. In August they passed an ordinance that essentially bans people from any conduct that is “dangerous, unsafe, illegal, or unreasonably disruptive” on all city property, both indoors and outdoors.

And they consider bare feet to be “unreasonably disruptive”.

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How Things Have Changed

First, a picture from 1970, via Flickr:

Outside Townsend Hall, 1970

Outside Townsend Hall, 1970

And now, from yesterday:

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