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Sunday, November 20th, 2011
7:18 pm
My Feet
Just a few.

Current Mood: complacent

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Tuesday, April 5th, 2011
4:46 pm
Interesting event...
Well, here's something that I wish I could participate in but unfortunately will be at work and... well, shoes are rather required for my job.


At least the weather around here is getting better. Not that I didn't mind trudging across snow and ice and other cold surfaces with just my calloused soles, but having warmth feels so much nicer.

(Free your feet)

Saturday, December 25th, 2010
11:55 am
I hate shoes.
I hate the snow, but I hate shoes also. Shoes should only be worn to protect the feet in extream conditions. They should never be required in any store or public place.

(Free your feet)

Thursday, December 24th, 2009
8:25 am
It's That Time Again...
...for showing folks just how little you care about cold feet. :)


Happy Holidays, y'all!

Current Mood: cheerful

(Free your feet)

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009
6:00 pm
I was taking a walk earlier and the skin on the bottom of my foot started to hurt because there was a hole in my sock and it was rubbing against the shoe and skgjhsijkrehbd it really hurt. So I took off my shoes. I was a little hesitant about it because it's starting to get cold here, but at least the sun was out so the sidewalks were pretty warm.

I was walking past this house where these 2 girls were playing out in the front yard, and as I walked by, one of them said, "Lookit, she's got her shoes off!" It probably would've been less noticeable if I wasn't carrying my shoes in my hands, but I didn't mind. I thought it was cute, 'cause you know how uninhibited kids are with what they say. I've always gotten looks when I've been out barefoot but I think that's the first actual comment I've gotten about it. It kinda feels like a milestone! XD

So that's my barefoot story for today. I wish I could keep going barefoot all year but it gets cold and snowy where I live. :/

(3 Freed feet | Free your feet)

Sunday, September 20th, 2009
8:08 am
Summer's Almost Over...

...and although the weather's still barefoot-friendly for the hardcore amongst us, most people will be (or have already started) strapping on all-cover footwear soon. *sigh*

(In happier news, I've spotted two black-soled gutter punk chicks around town in the last week, the cute young lady across the street was moving furniture shoeless, and my upstairs neighbor seems to have decided that her old flip-flops needed to get chucked, so I know I'm not the only one in Seattle who avoids footwear like the swine flu plague!)

So... what about y'all?

How's your summer? Any interesting stories, thoughts, observations, anecdotes? Posting has been pretty sparse this year. Before summer ends, does anyone there have anything to add? IS there anyone still there? Or is it time to close this Community down? (Say it ain' t so!)

Stay grounded!

Current Mood: contemplative

(9 Freed feet | Free your feet)

Sunday, July 26th, 2009
6:36 pm
Oh please, just stop already.
This is to express my frustration.

My adventure outside barefoot last saturday (the 18th) didn't end up going so well. I was stung by a bee on my foot. D: My mother and grandparents are convinced that the reason it happened was because I "didn't wear shoes," even though I told them REPEATEDLY the reason was because I wasn't wearing glasses. I'm seriously blind without them, and half groggy from waking up I wandered out into the clover which hadn't been mowed in two weeks after my barking dog, only to realize I was on the wrong side of the fence. On my way back there was a sharp pain and it took me a few seconds (still groggy) to realize that I hadn't just stepped on a spikey plant. Upon further investigation, yup, there's a stinger in my foot, venom slowly draining out. Wooo. So over this past week, I have had to say more times than I care to count, "I NEVER WEAR SHOES OUTSIDE!" every time I step out. My mom has been flipping out the most. In all the years that I have gone without shoes outside in the summer I have never gotten stung before. In fact, this is the first time I have gotten stung since I was probably 12 or so. And it was because I wasn't wearing glasses. NOT FOR A LACK OF SHOES!

I'm not stupid when I walk outside and am always on the lookout for bees because I am a little allergic to them and puff up like a balloon forever. Had to go to the doctor yesterday to get some prednisone for it because I couldn't take not being able to move my toes anymore. So I feel like a moron for this and know that no one will let it go. Except my boyfriend, but that's just because he likes me barefoot. :)

I was trying to show him where a little building used to be in our yard.

Current Mood: bitchy

(1 Freed feet | Free your feet)

Friday, July 10th, 2009
12:11 pm
Hi to All!
Hello to Everyone! As you all can see, I'm new here but I'm VERY glad to have found this forum. Maybe the posts will increase with a little new blood.

I'm almost 37, 5'10, and very Lesbian with an intense attraction to bare feet.

Well, let's see what happens.


(Free your feet)

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009
9:22 pm
Ditching Shoes Better For Marathon Runners?

This article in Popular Mechanics talks about the growing debate over whether or not shoes are a good thing for running athletes:

A group of running rebels are shedding their shoes and reporting years of injury-free miles. Some ultramarathoners, biomechanics experts and doctors think that's probably a good thing. Others go so far as to say running shoes are in fact causing injuries. Meanwhile, running shoe companies continue to precisely measure runners, and pound and flex shoes in their high-tech labs. Could shoes—and shoe companies—be covering hundreds of thousands of perfectly able bare feet? If shoes are doing damage, just what are the companies measuring?

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Thursday, March 19th, 2009
12:47 am
I'm so excited, you guys!

The weather is getting warm and I can go barefoot now! I've already taken 2 barefoot walks; it feels so good. The cold temps won't go away completely for a while, but Spring is finally creeping up on us! My dad lives in Las Vegas and he said it was 85 there today. Probably too hot to go walking around barefoot on the pavement, but this is just making me excited for warmer temps.

What about you guys? Where do you live, and is the weather finally getting warmer there?

(7 Freed feet | Free your feet)

Friday, December 19th, 2008
8:19 am


As anyone who's seen the news (or the streets of Seattle) knows by now, we had a glorious snowfall here yesterday. It was gorgeous, and Dami took a few shots to commemorate the second snowfall in our new neighborhood(*). 

As her LJ notes, she also followed her weirdo boyfriend out into the snow, barefoot. Go, her!

We are silly people.

And I, for one, love this week's snow. :)

PS: So how do you like my LJ's new look?

* - The first was last Saturday, while we were running tech crew for the Obsidian Show at the Little Red Studio. For all those Seattlities who haven't seen it yet, the next Obsidian Shows are in January and early February. Come up and check 'em out! 

Current Mood: creative

(3 Freed feet | Free your feet)

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
9:54 am
Making History - Barefoot!

Yes, I Baracked the Vote. Cast my ballot at roughly 8:00 AM this morning, and despite cold rain and below-60 temperatures, I did so barefoot... just because I can.

The polls were packed but moving quickly. Almost everyone I saw had Obama buttons, caps, T-shirts and decals. That's not surprising, being as we live in King County, named for the Reverend Doctor King himself and perched between Capitol Hill and the Central District of Seattle. Still, I think we're gonna win this thing. And I think we're gonna win it big.

Although I'm still concerned that certain parties will perform some Hot Diebold Action on this election, I think this time that's unlikely. Obama's popularity - unlike Gore's or Kerry's - is a force of nature. The Bush-era Republican Party has done almost everything imaginable wrong these last few years, and even many stalwart supporters want to see that Party burn, if only so that it might rise from the ashes as the GOP it could be, not the atrocity it has become.

After all, it happened to the Democrats.

If and when McPalin goes down so hard the earth trembles with its impact (which I dearly hope it does), the GOP will have themselves to blame. Sure, many of them will blame everybody except themselves, but I think the smarter Republicans will realize why they failed. A year ago, had John McCain been the man I wanted to believe he was, had he run the campaign he promised to pursue, I might have even voted for him. Had the "Maverick" John McCain who opposed Bush in 2000 led a revolt against the policies and tyrannies of BushChaneystein, going head-to-head against Hillary Clinton and the Grand Old Donkey's of the paleoleftist front, I would probably have voted for McCain. I want to see the GOP return to the integrity they claim to favor. I want to see small government, managed with an honest sense of responsibility. Instead, however, that campaign dredged up the absolute worst it had to offer. The Karl Rove handbook became its bible, and rather than accentuate American pride and progress toward redemption, the McPalin machine became a "surge" of everything wrong about America. The slack-jawed troglodytes (to use my Republican father's term) of the Southern Strategy scuttled out of the woodwork, dangling stuffed monkeys and calling for the nigger-lynching of Colin Powell himself. The GOP deserves to go down hard for that - deserves to shake the earth to its foundations. Tomorrow morning, I want to see an impact crater so deep and radioactive that no one will ever touch the Rove playbook again. I want to see the next rise of the Republican Party become a phoenix of integrity, or burn like a zombie on a pyre of its own sins.

Am I waxing mythological here? Hell, yes.

Because this is mythology in the making.

This morning, I stood in line with people who had hope. People who were energized in ways they had not been in decades, if ever before. I saw people of all ages and ethnicities acting to become something greater than they've been - greater than we have been, these last horrible eight years.

And the reason for that hope comes embodied in a man whose very existence would have made him a non-person not 50 years ago.

Barack Obama is the child of an interracial marriage - something literally illegal in certain states until within my lifetime. His father came from Kenya, and his mother raised him with integrity. This is a man whose circumstances of birth and rearing make him - like Abraham Lincoln - an embodiment of the American Dream.

That in itself is not a reason to vote for him. But it sure feels good to see that Dream alive and well again.

The coolest thing I saw during my voting session was an old black man. This guy had to have been at least 80, wearing a portable respirator and leaning on a cane. This was a man who - like many other people in that polling place - has lived through the worst side of America's legacy: its racist foundations and genocidal past. This is a man who - within my lifetime, let alone his - has been relegated by law and circumstance to a lesser state of being. To see him come to cast a vote for something that was inconceivable for most of his lifetime - that was marvelous. It must have felt so good to be him this morning.

I don't support Obama because he's black(*). I wouldn't, for example, have ever wanted a President Jessie Jackson.  But Obama - his words, his actions, the inspiration he provides - transcends the bitter cliches of "race." He is a living symbol of the best that America offers: intellect, charisma, hard work, courage, eloquence, compassion, grace under pressure and a willingness to literally roll up his sleeves and throw down when necessary. Yes, he's also a man - an occasional smoker with questionable affiliations, flawed logic, ruthless pragmatism and a glib tongue that doesn't always speak the truth. Show me a politician who's not those things, though (aside from the "smoker" thing), and I'll show you someone who won't come near the Oval Office. Obama the symbol trumps Obama the man. And that symbol goes beyond race, beyond age, beyond hopelessness.

I wrote above that I don't think "They" are going to steal the election this time. I write that in the utter assurance and personal experience that "They" have done so in the past two presidential races. This time, though, the winds are against "Them." This time, the forces of popular, political and economic will are so strong that opposing those forces is bad business. The power-hungry "Them" who command finance, media and Big Box Business are, first and foremost, practical. "They" want money, power and influence. And "They"'re smart enough to see which way the wind blows. This time out, it's not favoring the GOP... and again, the Republican Party has itself to blame for that. A McPalin "oopsie" at this point would lead to vast upheaval. And upheaval isn't profitable. I suspect "They" recognize as much. At least, I hope they do.

And Hope is the bravest rebellion. :)

So I brought my hope and my rebellious bare feet to the polling place where history is being made.

I have seen a Dream walking again.

Have you?

* Hell, technically he's not "black" at all - he's a mixed-ethnicity child of an African immigrant, born in Hawaii.

Current Mood: Triumphant

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Sunday, November 2nd, 2008
12:41 pm
Anne Hathaway's feet
I think that Anne Hathaway is one of the hottest girls I have ever seen. So, I do have a few pics of her feet.

The bigger pic.:

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Tuesday, August 12th, 2008
8:30 am
Quick Questions on Barefoot Characters in De Lint's Work
  Hello, folks! 

A few quick question here: 

I'm working on a magazine article about unusual feet and fantasy, and - as my library is sitting at the other end of the country - I need some short answers.  

* As I recall, there's a story in which one Newford character dreams of being barefoot in a marsh, and says she dislikes the experience. Which story was it, and who was that character? 

* Also, I remember a handful of stories in which a barefoot female fiddler appears. I can't, however, recall her name or the titles of those tales. Anyone know who I'm talking about? 

* Although I read Someplace to be Flying years ago, I seem to remember the Crow Girls going barefoot throughout it. They're not barefoot in the story "Crow Girls," though. Am I right, or thinking of someone else?

* Can anyone else suggest other urban fantasy characters or stories in which someone either has unusual feet (claws, hooves, etc.) or goes barefoot as a lifestyle choice? 


Current Mood: busy

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Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008
11:31 am
Faerie Tales Employing Puppets and/or Bare or Unusual Feet?
Huh? Please allow me to explain. :)

I recently scored a gig writing essays about classic and modern/ postmodern folk tales. Two of the essays I have coming up (with deadlines far shorter than I'd like!) deal with the following topics. I'd love suggestions about sources or stories - especially stories! - dealing with these subjects:  

Puppets in Folklore - Not puppet-show versions of faerie tales, but faerie/folk tales dealing with puppets as characters, themes or setting elements. Examples: Pinocchio, Being John Malkovitch, A.I., "Punch & Judy" (and the many variations on Punch), etc.

Bare or Unusual Feet - Characters, stories or themes in which bare or unusual feet (cloven hooves, duck feet, raven's claws, etc.) feature prominently. Examples: McKinley's Deerskin, Johnny Appleseed, Pre-Raphaelite artwork, "The Barefoot Woman," "Wicked John and the Devil," "The Little Match Girl," etc.

All suggestions are welcome. Thanks! :)


Current Mood: curious

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Friday, June 20th, 2008
11:34 pm
Two barefoot beauties

These pretty girls, as well, as all the girls on  www.city-feet.com are really crfazy about walking barefoot in the street!!! Enjoy them posing theis dirty soles for you.
two barefoot babes
two barefoot babes

Two girls are walking barefoot in the street. Their feet are really dirty! :)
The pics are taken from www.city-feet.com

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Wednesday, April 30th, 2008
12:15 pm
It's Official. We Rule!

Well, I’m afraid I have some bad news for you: You walk wrong.

Look, it’s not your fault. It’s your shoes. Shoes are bad. I don’t just mean stiletto heels, or cowboy boots, or tottering espadrilles, or any of the other fairly obvious foot-torture devices into which we wincingly jam our feet. I mean all shoes. Shoes hurt your feet. They change how you walk. In fact, your feet—your poor, tender, abused, ignored, maligned, misunderstood feet—are getting trounced in a war that’s been raging for roughly a thousand years: the battle of shoes versus feet

Well, I’m afraid I have some bad news for you: You walk wrong.

Look, it’s not your fault. It’s your shoes. Shoes are bad. I don’t just mean stiletto heels, or cowboy boots, or tottering espadrilles, or any of the other fairly obvious foot-torture devices into which we wincingly jam our feet. I mean all shoes. Shoes hurt your feet. They change how you walk. In fact, your feet—your poor, tender, abused, ignored, maligned, misunderstood feet—are getting trounced in a war that’s been raging for roughly a thousand years: the battle of shoes versus feet...




We're not crazy - we're right. 

But then, we already knew that... ;) 


Current Mood: Vindicated

(3 Freed feet | Free your feet)

Thursday, April 24th, 2008
3:24 pm

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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008
7:35 pm
First colours of Spring...
Usually my feet don't get to see too much of ground during the winter, so Springtime is just a happy time for me and my feet...
And unfortunately, I also seem to neglect my feet during the winter. This means that once the warmer weather starts, my feet see a bit more action and love... and with that, I present My First Spring Colours!

The colour is a bit more orangey in real life. It's called Really Rio.

(3 Freed feet | Free your feet)

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008
6:56 am
Driving WTF?
So okay...

It's barefoot season again -or at least it was this past Saturday, when I was chatting with a friend of mine on my cell phone. My girlfriend and I had the landlady over doing some work, so when my friend called, I took my phone and went rambling - barefoot of course - around my neighborhood. 

GORGEOUS day, mid-seventies, cloudless, slight breeze, lots of birdsong. We live in a pretty nice suburban neighborhood, around folks of the prosperous upper-middle-class set. So as I'm walking and chatting, I wave to the occasional neighbors, who wave back. All is good with the world. 

Out of nowhere, this dude drives up to me. Older guy, maybe late 50s-early 60s. He's driving down the road, I'm walking up the road. Everybody's going their own way... until he rolls up to me, rolls down his window, and loudly proclaims, "YOU'RE GONNA GET YOUR FEET DIRTY."  

Yeah. Here I am, minding my own business, Talking to someone else, and this dude feels it's not only his right but his duty to stop and inform a total stranger that his feet are gonna get dirty. 

Amazed, I just stop. Look at the guy like he had three heads, and try not to spark off a confrontation with a response like "And what the fuck business is this of yours?" He's grinning at me like he's just said the most profound thing in the world and expects me to agree. Finally, I just shoot him a withering look and say "Where did you get the idea that it's okay to say that?" He just keeps grinning, no response. My friend on the phone asks what's wrong. "Nothing much," I tell her. "Just some guy who's being rude." 

"Well, you will," he says with Platonic sagacty. 

"Yeah," I reply. "Thanks." 

He drives off, I walk off, and the day, while still beautiful, resounds with a mighty WTF?!?!?

Welcome to spring. 

Current Mood: confused

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