Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Dear person from the Netherlands

It is very nice that you keep visiting. You are very welcome here.

It would be nice of you to comment. I do appreciate feedback.

I also welcome comments from other visitors. It is nice to have so many different nationalities visiting.

4 comments:

Jasper1971 said...

Hi Matthew,

I think you might be meaning me. You are a real Big Brother, aren't you? LOL
I'm always quite interested in pages like these, as I (male, turning 36 very soon) would personally rather have visitors take their shoes off, too. The thing is, though, that I'm in a wheelchair and don't feel anything in my feet, so it doesn't really matter what I do. Also, it could be argued, as my parents do, that I am tracking in dirt on the wheels on my wheelchairs anyway, so it's not on to ask visitors to remove their shoes.
So I am rather reluctant to express this preference, even though most 20 and 30 somethings I have asked, don't seem to mind at all.

Best regards,

Jasper

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Jasper, thankyou for being sociable.

Big Brother started in the Netherlands, not in England, I am sure you know.

Wheelchair users had occurred to me, though I have never posted on that.

Even if I was in a wheelchair and was bringing in dirt that way, I would be uncomfortable with people wearing shoes in my house.

While it serves a practical function; it also has an aesthetic aspect.

If you are bringing in dirt on your wheelchair, you can still ask for shoes-off. No need to let more of it get tracked in. However, as the floor might not be as spotless as it might otherwise be, you might have to accept more refusals to remove shoes.

You can certainly insist on a lady with high heeled shoes removing her shoes. I am sure they would scratch the floor more than your wheels do.

God Bless

Matthew

Jasper1971 said...

Hi Matthew,

Thanks for your reply.
I know (or at least guessed) that the tv show originated here, but I was rather referring to George Orwell's 1984's character... And Orwell was a Brit, wasn't he? ;-)
I fully agree with your comment about the aesthetic aspect of shoes off requests, especially when you're talking about younger females who wear their shoes sockless. (I am talking aesthetics only, nothing fetish related, mind you.)
Another argument my parents made, was that I'm not crawling on the floor (there are no kids in the house at present nor in the forseeabe future), and that I deliberately put in laminate flooring which is easy to clean. True in a way, but still I'm slightly 'allergic' to shoe prints...
Anyway, as long as visitors in large part do oblige, I am not really going to complain about those who do not.

Jasper

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

"I fully agree with your comment about the aesthetic aspect of shoes off requests, especially when you're talking about younger females who wear their shoes sockless."

I was more thinking about the fact that it seems more comfortable being in a room full of shoeless people, but I know what you mean.

"Another argument my parents made, was that I'm not crawling on the floor (there are no kids in the house at present nor in the forseeabe future), and that I deliberately put in laminate flooring which is easy to clean."

This reminds me of a post I wrote:

Recipricocity

To summarise that post, the point is that you may not need people in your house to remove their shoes, but if you have a no-shoes rule, you make it easier for other people who do need shoes-off to have one.

God Bless

Matthew