879: Walking barefoot for miles

In support of TOMS shoes, help spread the word about this awful moment in lives of children:

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One Day Without Shoes is the day we spread awareness about the impact a simple pair of shoes can have on a child’s life. On April 8th, we ask people to go the day, part of the day or even just a few minutes, barefoot, to experience a life without shoes first-hand, and inspire others at the same time.

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It’s Hard Without Shoes

Through everyday encounters with domestic poverty, we are reminded to appreciate having food and shelter, but most of us all but forget about our feet. Food, shelter, AND shoes facilitate life’s fundamentals. Imagine a life without shoes; constantly aware of the ground in front of you, suffering regular cuts and scrapes, tending to infection after each walk, and enduring not only terrain, but heat and cold.

The problem is large, but the solution is simple. Wearing shoes and practicing basic hygiene can prevent both infection and disease due to unsafe roads and contaminated soil. By imagining a life barefoot, we can all contribute to the awareness of these conditions. On April 8th, communities, campuses, organizations, and individuals are banding together to walk barefoot for One Day Without Shoes.

Take a walk with us on April 8th, 2010.

Facts:

  • In some developing nations, children must walk for miles to school, clean water and to seek medical help.
  • Cuts and sores on feet can lead to serious infection.
  • Often, children cannot attend school barefoot.
  • In Ethiopia, approximately one million people are suffering from Podoconiosis, a debilitating and disfiguring disease caused by walking barefoot in volcanic soil.
  • Podoconiosis is 100% preventable with basic foot hygiene and wearing shoes.

Learn more about our mission and giving at www.TOMS.com.

924: Finding Someone’s Mail (in your Mailbox)

Go to fullsize imageOn my journey through the DC metro area my buddy and I were walking through the streets of Dupont Circle when as we were crossing the street we saw a guy pause while he was walking, look down to the ground, then walk onward.

When we came to the spot where he was we saw that he was looking at a piece of mail with someone’s name on it.  We picked it up and looked like it had sat in the dirt for a moment.  It was snow on the ground after the two most recent snow storms that blew in as of recent.  We shook off the snow and looked at the heading.

Odd why wouldn’t it have been mailed?  Right behind that mail was another piece of mail with the person’s name with a yellow “return to sender” sticker.  As I walked around the corner to see if maybe a mailbox was nearby (as if I knew the area) I saw another letter and another out in the road!  My friend yelled out there are 2 more in the street!

So here we are hopping the side street forts of snow to run out into the road to grab this unidentified person’s mail!  We finally stood at the corner and saw that they all belonged to the same person!  Who was this person?

Needless to say I took the mail home with me, I know doesn’t help with it now being 3 hours away, but I think if I take it to the post office they might be able to help the person.  I just hope they get their mail it was sent to the wrong place!

Just as bad as getting mail from your neighbor in your mailbox.  Now you have to slip it at their door or wait till when they get home and hand it to them.  Always the odd look of “Gee thanks” when they take from you.  Now how awful is that?!

939. Puppy tears up his pillow

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Puppies, those cute little versions of dogs that whimper and whine for our affection. How we go “aww” when we see them in the store window. Yet when we finally go and select one, get papers, shots, and naming the puppy settled, and take it home comes the matter of house training the puppy.

You go out and make a space for the puppy in your home and you just let your puppy walk around and looking all scared you pick up puppy and tour him around the home. He sits shaking on the kitchen floor only to welcome his housewarming with a fresh yellow puddle.

So now begins the joy of his journey, after some months have passed you go home and bring him a puppy pillow for his crate and he just loves it. After a long tiring day at work you come home to see not fragments but chunks of his pillow tore up all over the floor. He’s just sitting there looking at you with his sad little eyes like oops!

So in a fit of fRuStRaTiOn you pick up the pieces and there you have a present waiting for you in the middle of the floor and it’s not chocolate. Now how awful is that?!

946. Taking an extra surprise step in the snow

You can’t believe it!  It actually is snowing!  So you layer on 3 shirts, 2 pants, 2 thick socks, gloves, a scarf, glasses, a hoodie, boots, and a thick winter jacket!  Good to go!  So you get outside to enjoy the snow as in some areas like ours it’s just a rarity!  So you figure why not walk to 7-11 it’s open cause you know they are open all the time kinda like Walmart, it just never seems to close!

So as you take steps towards the sidewalk things to be doing well!  I got this down you think.  So you just hobble along the snow as best as you can – hey what can I say it’s better than shoveling it!  Anyhow, as you make your journey 2 short blocks to get some coffee you get to the cross walk.  You cross the street carefully not to make sure you slide off on some black ice so you then search for the curb and sidewalk.  Since the roads are rather covered in thick snow you make due with where you think the sidewalk might be located.  You continue to look a bit as the snow just flurries by your face not making any of this better.

Searching …

Searching….

THERE! Found a spot, you jump on it a little bit, good continue the walk and then you take a step good …feels about safe and then you look over and notice the street lamp post is a bit close to your left isn’t the sidewalk to the left of it and as you turn your foot DROPS deep down a pocket of snow and sinks causing you to lose your footing and balance and topple in the snow.  Great!!!!  How nice!

Oh nice here comes a car, now how awful is that?!

951. Walking down the sidewalk to the beat of a song, but off key

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So taking your leisurely walk down the block to jolt up your day.  You just finish uploading a fresh mix of songs to inspire your day and get the energy flowing. Nothing could go wrong for you this fine morning.

As you check the weather online

Pick out the cool workout attire

You set your shoes on and

Out the door for a good round or so.

Now as you cue up your music you start feeling the energy come alive and then you skip a song or two and it’s that song you wanted that gets you in the energy crazed mood.  You want to dance in the streets – but you can’t.  You want to sing out loud – but you have no voice.  So what do you do?

You walk to the beat of the music.  That’s right it’s all you!  You’re workin’ it.  Get it Get it!  You’re on fire!  That’s okay if the cars down the street see you doin’ your thing.  Cause it’s your song.  Own the moment.

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It’s okay…no one saw you until you hear

HONK!!!!! HONK!!!!!!

Saw that!

Now how awful is that?!

956. Realizing when your clothes are a bit too tight

As you are getting ready to go out for one of the numerous functions (date, work, play) you go to your closet and put on a pair of jeans only to realize that the button is a little bit tough to tighten.  Then you think to yourself . o O (Did I do the laundry the other day?!  Maybe it’s just shrunk and snugged up a little!) as you convince yourself that could be the reason you suck in your stomach and try to relax only to then realize you still can’t manage to button it up still.  So you jump back lying on the bed sucking in your deepest and parying to the holiest of figures that it’ll fit this one time and sucking in your last breath the button finally comes together.

You stand in the mirror in disbelief and disgust and think geesh what happened to myself!  As you stand there and try to let out a little more air halfway breathing in and out you lower your hands. There! Got it!https://i2.wp.com/www.blogcdn.com/www.thatsfit.com/media/2007/04/jeans.jpg

As you put on your shirt and then prepare to put on your socks you then realize – oh great! Now I have zipper up the pants.  Now how awfully tight is that?!

Further Reading:

* How to Stretch Out Too Tight Jeans

* Instant Button for Jeans

* 10 yrs Younger: Jean Buying Guide

957. When your child is off running around while you are doing a task

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It always seem that toddlers and little children happen to know when the best time to strike and create their own little world of excitement.  As a parent one thing to know is that you do not want to go somewhere and be publicly humiliated or embarrassed on behalf of their actions (funny how tables turn when they become tweens).

Well as I was waiting for a set of keys to be delivered tome today  sat in the lobby just looking over some forms reviewing my recent meeting when I observed in the lobby of the recreation center a mother and her mother (the grandmother) filling out the registration form to sign up their children for ballet classes.  The two women intently talking about the course and mom filling out the form with accuracy were so engrossed in the process.  They were so engrossed they weren’t noticing what the two little girls were off doing on the side.  As I sat there in awe and laughter I watched the ship slowly sink into the water.

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It started off simply with the “oh we get to walk around” the girls walk at first seemingly 4 or 5 or so they are giddish with laughter and then the toddler version of “walking” turns into chase because breaking it down children must run everywhere.  Walking isn’t instilled in their mental realm yet.  If only we are this energetic at 35.  Anyhow they start chasing each other and begin to hold onto the spiral upward ramp looking between the gap of the railing and wall to see their mother and wave giggling.  Then they stand over by the column and then become fascinated by the plastic tube stand for recycled batteries.  One girl tilts it toward her and starts yelling in it while the other goes back to wave to her mom.

After wards when the girl tries to reach for the batteries then goes off and in a jibberish talk goes to the end of the table and then runs away and laughs hiding behind the column with her sister.  Then the other girl does the same.  Then they repeat this run to the table-babble-run off process for about 2 minutes.  Sitting there I laugh cause it looks so funny but the parents are sooooo intent on filling out the papers that can they not see what is going on?! Wow!

Then the best part comes just as in a bank they have the line dividers and the kid’s run between and underneath them giggling and yelping in excitement and then one girl falls in surprise.  Still no parent reaction…. until this…. the receptionist comes out behind the desk and ask the mom to get ahold of the girls and asks them to be quiet since it’s making it hard for them to answer the phone and blocking the pathway for members entering the building (as they are running all over).

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It was only at that moment the mom looked up mortified and then reacted to their children’s actions – passing time of childlike antics 8 minutes.

Now how awfully embarrassing is that?!