That said, I have a few things I would like to share
First, two nights ago I went to the gym with my roommate and a friend of his to the gym. I am exercising so why the hell would I even consider wearing shoes?
I checked in, read the signs on the door and desk that had a very detailed list of requirements. Not among them was a requirement for shoes. No posted sign? No JWU policy? No law? No Problem!
A few minutes into my workout one of the students working the desk came over and asked me where my shoes were. I told him I don't wear shoes and he told me that I need shoes. I told him I know that is not posted on the door or in the dress code, I looked. I also told him JWU policy is silent on the issue. He then looked puzzled, but respectful, and left. I continued with my workout, treadmills, leg workouts, arm "stuff" I am not a huge gym guy so I really don't know much about the machines. Ran a few miles on the treadmill at speed 8. Less than what I did back in high school when I ran every day but whatever.
I left with my friends, and thanked them with a really happy feeling that this was a simple in and out issue.
I forgot my ID in my hometown so I couldn't take the JWU bus. Instead I ran to class which felt glorious. I was in math class doing the work and the teacher was making his rounds to check our progress with the problems. As he passed me I told him I need to wear shoes next time. I replied with a simple "Why?" He told me it was a health hazard and I told him that was not true at all. I told him I had been doing it for two years here and I have had no problems (not entirely accurate but it sounds better). He said that I could have something on my feet and rub it on the rug. I told him most people wear shoes so it doesn't matter. He walked away and I thought I heard him mutter "You will have to too."
So I wrote up the following email. I haven't sent it yet but plan to today or tomorrow morning.
"I am sorry you take issue with my lack of footwear, but I must inform you the university does not share your concern. The JWU handbook mentions no requirement for students to wear shoes in class, it was the first thing I checked my freshman year. You may also be interested to know that no state in the union has laws or regulations requiring citizens to wear shoes, partially because they don't care enough to set a rule like that, but mostly because it is unconstitutional.
Fairly civil and appropriate I think. Thoughts?
Now I checked my email this morning to find this:
Barefooting is easy
Barefooting is good for you
Barefooting is NOT illegal
Join the revolution
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