Rather amusing bit of ironic humor... To all those who said glass would one day hurt me, turns out you were right. Though, not how either of us would have imagined. Last night I got a large sliver of glass in my hand... It ripped through every layer of skin leaving a very creepy looking gash in the web between my thumb and index finger. Luckily I have an insanely high pain tolerance and I am pretty much impervious to panic.
Well folks it's been quite busy lately. I've been working nearly nonstop but for the most part it's been good work.
I worked several jobs in the summer and am still working a few now. I managed to get some spare time this summer, though it was still pretty lonely. I did however get a chance to improve my long boarding skills to a point that I am now able to zip though traffic at high speeds with total maneuverability. I have built up my climbing skills enough that I can confidently conquer nearly any local face with no rope at all. I have done more filming for a A day in THE LIFE, which is fun but it's just a casual hobby. I've still been selling my letterpress stuff and making money on the side.
The biggest things that have happened to me recently are that I have spontaneously decided to start buying and wearing really high end clothing, for nearly any activity. I've been much more social than usual and have started talking to a lot more people and enjoying it. Finally and perhaps most importantly, I went in for an interview today for a job with my University. It went very well and they were fascinated and accepting of my lack of footwear. The job is a tutor esque role primarily for the Adobe Creative Suite. This job could perhaps, if I play my cards right lead to more employment at the university. Wouldn't it be lovely to be a professor?
On the subject of bare feet, I have been asked to leave two places so far this school year. Both stories are interesting and brief.
The first took place at a campus dining facility about a month ago. A man in a culinary uniform came up to me and said I couldn't be here without shoes. I asked him why not mentioning that there is no sign on the door and no JWU policy and he said "It's a law." We all know that's what we in polite society call "horse shit."
I basically informed him that I had faced this issue before and it had been resolved. I told him that I had hoped that the university had moved on from such foolishness. He informed me that he wasn't even at the university for that. The worker also said that he would speak with the heads of campus dining and that he wasn't aware he needed signs and would be putting them up. He tried bringing up the feeble old glass arguement. I would not let that stand. I told him he knows just as well as I do the condition of the streets of Providence. He replied with the typical "I know but in here..." I was growing tired with this drone and was really wanting to eat with my roommate who had been patiently waiting at our table. I basically told him that as it stands he had no authority to remove me and he relented and said next time I would need shoes. I haven't went back since. Mostly because I don't like the food. The second instance was about a week ago. I was walking through the east side of Providence helping my roommate distribute some flyers to find a job. We went into a Pizzaria on Wickenden St. They quickly noticed I had no shoes and said I can't be in here, I told them "I'm sorry I must have missed the sign on the door." They quickly fired back that they didn't need a sign. Sensing the opportunity for some fun I cocked my head sideways in confusion. This took them back a little that the idea of anyone being barred from a store for no shoes was apparently so foreign to me. They then tried reasoning with me. They said "Well feet and food just don't go together." I guess they thought I wasn't quick enough to come back with a coherent response. I replied within an instant "I agree completely. That's why I don't eat off of the floor." There is a great degree of satisfaction outwitting the unintelligent. They told me it's a Rhode Island state law. I informed them that it is actually a very pervasive myth and theres no law saying I need shoes. I left shortly after mostly because we just needed to drop off flyers. It was fun. In class a few people have been very interested and finally have started talking to me after seeing me for a few years. I guess they had to wait to see if I was some sort of maniac. Once they realized I won't bite them they have started to be more social. With all of this still happening I have been working, and working, and working. My hopes by putting up a new post are to both let you folks know how it's been going for me and to hopefully get some of that ad money to add to the tuition fund. You folks know college is expensive. Gotta keep the machine going. Sorry for the absence and I hope to post more regularly.
Pulling out of an unfortunately deep depression, I have been trying to re invent myself into an all around better person.
I've also suffered a series of financial setbacks over the past year that have made my situation less advantageous. Instead of conforming to the foolishness of convention and getting a loan, I have instead decided to do what I like to call "Beasting out jobs like a Motherfucker." This might be referred to in polite society as "Getting as many jobs as I can handle." The current number is four. That might be set to increase if I don't get what I need from the previous four. In addition to these jobs, I am a taxi for friends, I run a business buying and selling printing presses, and I am constantly doing freelance work through craigslist.
On top of all this, Google finally got their act together and managed to get my ad pin number to my site so I can hopefully get some additional revenue from this blog.
With all that said and done, don't worry folks, I still refuse to wear shoes.
All these jobs however cannot prevent me from enjoying the finer things in life, like climbing, or trudging through abandoned buildings. You know, fancy stuff.
As usual, I'll throw in a few pictures of what I've been up to recently.
Here I am at my run down house sorting movable type (printing press letters) to sell, a major source of income for me and also a passion of mine
I have not given up climbing and I certainly have no intention to ever do so.
If you weren't there, you might not understand what this is. This is the roller component of the old Seekonk Railroad Bridge. I crawled into the innards of the roller to play in the tiny cavities and tunnels inside the components of the bridge.
I have also been doing a lot of work taking pictures of my brother when he climbs, mostly because he cant climb and hold a camera at the same time and he is more photogenic.
As you can see, he climbs barefoot too...for safety...of course.
We already know my feelings on the matter, so for those of you that are new I will sum it up for you.
I do not oppose the idea that children should have the choice to wear shoes if they so choose. I do believe they should come with warning labels, as any potentially hazardous product is required to have, but it is the dishonest and manipulative marketing technique that TOMS uses that is the most offensive and deplorable to me. It's Hard Without Shoes? False. I and all the other barefooters out there are living evidence that is false. The only thing hard about being without shoes is bigoted ignorant people that think bare feet are unhealthy or illegal. A belief organizations like TOMS foster in their flock.
It is no secret that one of my main slogans is "It's Easy Without Shoes!" This is meant to be in direct opposition with the TOMS line. I periodically post little photos or videos here and there showing the things bare feet can do, well it's time to put them all together. It's time to FILL a blogpost with images and videos showing just how strong bare feet can be. There will be some extreme examples here.
Barefooting is easy Barefooting is good for you Barefooting is NOT illegal Join the revolution GO BAREFOOT