We're starting to have signs of spring here in Basel and I've been celebrating by walking to school without shoes.  My, oh my how my feet have softened over the winter months!  I walk to school every day now since I'm not riding my bike anymore due to stability issues, so that has given my feet a quick chance to get toughened up again.  Interestingly enough, people don't seem to ask about what happens when I step on stones and glass and other dangerous objects, rather they are more concerned about the possibility of cold feet.  As it turns out, that includes the police.  Last Wednesday as I was walking past the prison on my way to school, two policemen in a van addressed me with a strong "Guten Morgen!"  Our chat was brief as they were only concerned that my feet might be cold.  I asked if it was legal to go barefoot and I'm happy to say I can go barefoot as much as I want with a clean conscious.  It's nice to know the Basel police care for the whole of a citizen's wellbeing.
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And I'm glad the Swiss don't regulate your footwear. :) I'm a little surprised the school doesn't object...but then again, Tim Poston went barefoot winter and summer when he was a postdoc at the U of R, so maybe it's just the K-12 schools that have a problem with it. (He also dressed in black and carried a carved-snake walking stick. I don't think we ever exchanged more than hellos, if that—but he sure was an interesting character back then. I doubt his appearance would even cause a ripple on American campuses these days.)

Posted by SursumCorda on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 2:08 pm

You're so funny! I love your title.

Posted by joyful on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 9:47 pm
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