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Messages - Bob Knows

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I'm a little wary of open-toed shoes. In March, I was in sandals in the garden. I bumped into a root or a small stump and fell. Result: emergency service at the hospital, local anaesthesia to remove a splinter of wood deeply embedded and four stitches. 

There are risks everywhere.   There have been a few risk studies of bare feet vs. shod feet.   Shoes tend to result in more risk of slip and fall injuries.  Feet have special nerve endings that measure how slippery the surface is, but they aren't effective when the foot is covered.  Shoes prevent some foot injuries, but increase the risk of ankle, knee, hip, and back injuries. 

Over the years I suffered numerous "sprained ankle" or sprained knee injuries while wearing shoes or boots.  One common cause of sprained ankles is stepping on a rock that rolls under your (solid) shoe.  That turns your ankle or knee. When you are 5 miles from your car that can be serious.  While I was a Scoutmaster one Assistant Scoutmaster told about his experience doing trail running in athletic shoes.  His female running partner suffered a spiral leg fracture when a rock rolled under her running shoe. Lots of dangers out there.   

The usual heel strike gait forced by shoes is also responsible for knee, hip, and back damage suffered by many people from years of repetitive small shocks. The medical business now makes big money replacing hips. 


Flip-flops may be the worst of both, not protecting feet and increasing the risk of fall.  Open sandals also have risks of shoe injuries while giving a false sense of confidence that can result in toe injuries.  I now choose to let my own natural feat cope with all the loose rocks, weeds, pieces of wood, pine needles, etc.  I haven't gotten a sprained ankle or other serious foot injury since I started going nudefoot. I haven't slipped and fallen from a wet floor at the auto parts store either.


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Trip reports / Re: An Evening Stroll
« on: June 28, 2020, 06:16:57 PM »
Looks like a good place to roam.   

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Free Range Naturism / Re: British police say nude hiking is legal
« on: June 28, 2020, 06:14:39 PM »
It is a shame, when the police are mostly following the new guidance (with occasional reminders) that cheap tabloids put back progress with the pubic by putting out misleading information for cheap copy.

Cheap tabloids, and much of the mainstream media are still pushing restrictions on human bodies.  They want naked to be a big news item.

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Free Range Naturism / Re: Summer Solstice Hike, Vermont USA
« on: June 28, 2020, 06:10:14 PM »
Sounds like a fun hike.  I wish we had one around here.  I tried organizing a group a few years ago but nobody would show up.

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I've been generally barefoot, or nudefoot, summer and winter for about 6 years now.  Nudefoot around home, in the woods, in stores and bars, its all good.

I do my hiking barefoot.  The only terrain I avoid nudefoot is crushed rock such as former railroad ballast.  Our feet evolved bare and are capable of almost every natural terrain, but crushed rock is unnatural.  When forced I use harrachi sandals with a thin sole and strings.

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Free Range Naturism / Re: The Secret Naturist Handbook
« on: June 24, 2020, 04:42:53 PM »
I"m with Ric.  Boots or shoes are restrictive and actually harmful to human feet.  Boots or shoes increase the risk of painful or debilitating injuries. 

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Free Range Naturism / Re: In Defense of World Nude Hiking Day
« on: June 24, 2020, 04:40:50 PM »
Good response Jbee.  Can you post a link to that article here so we see what you are writing about?

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Naturism & Art / Re: The dance of social distance
« on: June 19, 2020, 08:35:23 PM »
"Social Distance" is very inhuman.   

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Free Range Naturism / Re: How was your month for Free Range Naturism?
« on: June 11, 2020, 07:50:44 PM »
We are having another cold, wet spring here in WA, USA.  Middle of June almost and only a few days when its warm enough to go outside naked.  Sheeesh!

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Free Range Naturism / Re: The Secret Naturist Handbook
« on: June 09, 2020, 03:57:34 PM »
I am glad public awareness building in the UK Ric.  Sounds like a good afternoon meeting people on a trail without problems. 

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Free Range Naturism / Re: British police say nude hiking is legal
« on: June 07, 2020, 05:10:55 PM »

A century ago they were arresting women in Chicago for not covering their legs. Its all about what you are used to.   People who see nudity will complain at first but will soon get used to it.   Nudists need to be seen often enough for seeing someone naked becomes a common experience. 




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Free Range Naturism / Re: British police say nude hiking is legal
« on: June 06, 2020, 04:57:08 PM »
Nudists out behaving passively promote public awareness of nudity as an acceptable choice of cover or not.   News stories such as this educate the public that nudity is not a crime.  Women who see someone naked and call the police learn that no law is being violated.  Police get practice informing the public.  Its a good outcome all around. 

We nudists, wherever we are, need to get out and be seen by more people until seeing naked ramblers is a common experience for the general public, and police get tired of wasting time talking to those who can't mind their own business. 

A century ago 1922, women were arrested in Chicago for wearing swimming suits that did not cover their legs.  They got the law changed because they were brave enough to challenge the law even when they got arrested.  That kind of challenge to "indecent exposure" law needs to happen today in Chicago and other places.  We can only make changes if we are brave enough to confront tyranny.

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General Naturism Discussion / Re: Epiphany and Anniversary
« on: June 01, 2020, 04:45:26 PM »
Its hard to say what qualifies as my first nudist experience was. I started sleeping naked at about age 6 because it was so hot in my upstairs bedroom during summers.  I was sent to YMCA swimming lessons at about age 7 or 8, and the YMCA swimming pool was naked in those years.  At about age 9 or 10 I was sleeping outside in the back yard with some neighbor boys because the upstairs bedrooms were too hot in mid summer.  I was sleeping naked in a sleeping bag because I didn't own any pajamas.  One of the boys dared another to run naked in the dark to the back fence and return.  Soon we were all running naked out the back gate into our school yard which was behind our houses.  Maybe that was the first "nudist" experience -- if you don't count sleeping naked or swimming naked.  That was about 65 years ago.

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Free Range Naturism / Re: The Secret Naturist Handbook
« on: May 31, 2020, 07:51:25 PM »

I really don't like sushi.  It's the sticky rice I find a bit cloying and nauseating.  I know many folks love it but its something I have never really got to like.
John

I'm with you John.  I don't much care for most fish anyway and the thought of raw fish is beyond my tolerance.  I've given up carbs too, and rice is pretty much all carbs.  Lots of other good things to eat.

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Free Range Naturism / Re: The Secret Naturist Handbook
« on: May 28, 2020, 01:18:29 AM »
Back when I was in college in Seattle there was this ravine that cut through one of the many hills, and about 1/2 mile north of the University. It was designated Ravena Park.  Two bridges crossed the ravine.  At the bottom a small stream flowed with a gravel walking path beside it.  The path was wide enough for park department trucks.  There were a couple of side paths leading up to the streets where bridges spanned the ravine.  Sometimes when I was up late at University I would do late night naked exercise running down the path from end to end and back. Total about 2 miles.  I don't still remember if I ever passed any other pedestrians or not.  It was half a century ago. 

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