Sunday, August 31, 2008

The American presidential contest

As I have mentioned before, Barack Obama, the Democrat candidate is from Hawaii where shoes are always removed at the door.

The Republican candidate, John McCain has now chosen as his running mate an Alaskan, Sarah Palinn. While removing shoes may not be as universal in Alaska as in Hawaii, I believe it is pretty common there, as with many cold weather places.

2 comments:

Amanda said...

I have also observed that many cold weather places practice "shoes off at the door". It must be connected with the frequent mud and snowy slush of cold winters. Muddy shoes are the norm so people are unshod.

Regarding how to enforce the "shoes off at the door" policy I have observed that when guests have an obvious place for their shoes, they are more likely to leave their shoes. A friend of mine has a plastic shoe mat in her entry way. We never forget to leave our shoes on the mat. On the other hand, I am new to introducing the no shoes policy in my home and I do not yet have a good place for shoes. So we tend to forget and our guests never remove their shoes. It just doesn't occur to them.

Celestial Fundie said...

"Regarding how to enforce the "shoes off at the door" policy I have observed that when guests have an obvious place for their shoes, they are more likely to leave their shoes."

Sometimes that happens. But here in the UK where shoes-off is not the norm, people need more training than that.

I think you just have to be really brave and ask people nicely.

You don't get anything in life without being pro-active. Same with shoes-off.

God Bless

Matthew