Nothing much stops me…a lot of snow slows me down. I can run on dry cold roads but when the road is cold and wet, it’s pretty much a no go. Snow on top of my feet freezes them as it melts. I am looking forward to Spring and muddy trails.
In Silver Creek, NY. I stopped in to get a prescription filled and while waiting, the manager told me I needed shoes on to be in the store. I asked why and he said barefeet were a health risk. I asked for who.. he said everyone. Well, you can’t argue with a fool so I left…bought some lottery tickets on the way out. Picked up the prescription at the drive through.
I had a bit of a downer today. Went to a gem show today at the Erie County Faigrounds in Hamburg. I’ve been yhe the Gemstreet USA show several times in the past barefoot and didn’t expect this time to be any different.
After I was there, 15-20 minutes and spent about a hundred bucks, a security guard comes up to me and says I need to have shoes on to be on the building. I asked why and he said it’s a health rule. I told him it wasn’t and I had a letter to prove it. He then said the lady that runs the show asked him to escort me out and would I like to speak with her. I said yes. He went to talk with her, came back and said she (Jane Strieter I believe) would talk to me and would I please wait by the door (still inside).
I waited a while and talked with the guard about living the barefoot lifestyle, went to my car and got a copy of the state health dept letter that said there is no rules or regs against bare feet in retail establishments, which he was interested enough to read. Waited some more and the lady never showed. By that time, my wife was mostly done shopping, so I went to a vendor that was holding a purchase for me and we left.
Needless to say, I will never go back (unless I get an apology- not holding my breath).
And people wonder why the internet is gaining ground on store/show retail sales.
Rudeness and prejudice will lose out in the end.
That was the day I quit my job driving bus. That was also the last day this year that I’ve worn anything on my feet.
I almost broke that string today. My wife has her Roswell Park Cancer Institute check-ups today. I decided that, rather than give in to the ignorance of the administration on their stand about bare feet, I stay in the car in the parking ramp and blog about it…along with a FaceBook post.
Thank (insert any god or non-deity entity you wish) for smart phones. I’m reading “Anna Karenina” on my Kindle app. More than enough material there for 3-5 hours of waiting.
I quit my job driving bus because, for some reason known only to (your choice of deities) they decided, after 3+years that I couldn’t have a couple weekends off that I always take off. As a result I have been barefoot 24-7 since Aug 22. During that time, I’ve taken several 4+ mile hikes with my Meetup groups. I also run or walk 3 miles or so 2-3 times a week. Today I ran a 5k in 36:49 – a PB. I still have 3 or 4 hikes scheduled for October. That’s it….
I can’t see the virtue in reciting every moment I go barefoot when about the only time I’m shod is when I’m driving bus.
Was at Sprague Brook County park today – 6-16-12. You can see my route here. This was NOT a good trail for a novice barefoot hiker/runner. There were lots of roots and stones. A few pictures below.
Some of the group
Whoops, didn't see this sign
The first one was at the Franklin Gulf County Park near North Collins NY last Tuesday. I went with Gear for Adventure from Hamburg. It was a nice, barefoot friendly trail for the most part – some roots at first but just forest duff for the rest. You can see the route here (maybe)
Went to my local Sam’s Club today and the shoe police were nowhere in sight!
The cashier said she was just talking to another about being barefoot as I walked up to her register.
One of the better $500 days I’ve had.
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