Sunday, January 13, 2008

Dangerous Weapons

I noticed a girl at church today who was wearing shoes with incredibly sharp metal heels. They were so narrow they looked like needles. I am sure she must have left some holes in the church carpet.

The National Trust (an English heritage organisation) has a rule that if you visit their properties and you are wearing heels smaller than a postage stamp, you have to change into slippers. The heels this girl was wearing looked smaller than a pencil point.

Fortunately, I know her parents do not allow shoes in their house. Very sensible people.


shoeless Bob said...

while the girl you mention obviously does not wear her shoes at home, I hope that she is as considerate when she visits, even if the home she is visiting allows shoes

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

I hope so too.

Sacramento Bob said...

shoeless Bob said...

"while the girl you mention obviously does not wear her shoes at home..."

In addition to her obvious consideration for fashion, this girl might actually be sensible enough to live in a home which has sufficiently durability that it doesn't require extraordinary accommodations from its residents (e.g., shoelessness). When we built our home, we deliberately chose materials that would minimize maintenance while still looking terrific. Limestone was no more expensive than hardwood and we never have a care about dents, scratches or water damage. Our carpet is nylon, which resists stains and holds up well under heavy foot traffic (even the kind wearing shoes, which describes virtually all of the traffic in our home).

Regrettably, some people either make bad choices or are forced by circumstances to live in homes that are simply too fragile to sustain normal wear and tear without offending the resident's aesthetic sensibilities. And then such people bring attention to their plight when they impose on guests to preserve their fragile abode. To me, it's highly unflattering when a host insists that I remove my shoes, suggesting that her home isn't sufficiently durable to withstand a simple social visit. I'd be far more forgiving of a few dents in the hardwood floors.

We had a delightful dinner party for ten friends last Saturday night, a rainy evening. I'm pleased to report that the floors were unscathed thereafter, despite all those nasty shoes tromping around. But I have to admit that we didn't give this what shoeless folks would call the acid test, i.e., spending the evening lolling around on the floors. Mostly we sat in chairs. (How bourgeois!)

Sacramento Bob

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Thanks for your thoughts.

shoeless Bob said...

Sacramento Bob...according to Matthew the lady in question lives with her parents who have a shoe free home, so here senseability about her home enviornment is not in question.
I can appreciate your feelings about shoelessness and you most certainly have the right to feel as you wish. There are those of us who feel differently for whatever reason and simply stated if you do not like the rules of my home it is certainly your right not to visit.
Yes linestone floors are nice, but not everyone like them. Some people prefer hardwood flooring and light color carpeting. We all make choices in life and some choices require certain modes of behavior.

Sacramento Bob said...

shoeless Bob said...

" most certainly have the right to feel as you wish. There are those of us who feel differently for whatever reason...

We all make choices in life and some choices require certain modes of behavior."

Well said, shoeless Bob. And I guess that's been the reason why I felt compelled to make comments on this site. To his credit, Matthew has permitted opposing points of view to be posted but the absence of such views clearly suggested that perhaps there simply wasn't a valid argument on the shooed side of this debate. I hope I've been able to suggest that isn't the case and to present the rationale of us shod folks in a less pejorative manner.

I've always been a strong proponent of personal freedom, irrespective of whether I agree with it. And I enjoy learning of others perspectives because it enables me to grow intellectually. I pride myself on the fact that my views have changed radically over my 62 years, in large measure because I've sought out contrary views in order to put my own to the test. I hope my comments have helped provide such a test to those of the shoeless persuasion.

And with that, I'll now bow out of the discussion. Thanks for listening and thank you, Matthew, for giving me the opportunity.

Sacramento Bob

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Don't go, Sacramento Bob!

Your comments are very welcome here.

At least come back and comment again some time soon.

God Bless


Shoeless Bob said...

Yes Sacramento Bob please continue to comment!!!