Saturday, February 20, 2010

The Huffington Post: Shoes Off at the Door? New Reasons Why

The Huffington Post: Shoes Off at the Door? New Reasons Why

by Annie B. Bond

The author does not like taking her shoes off when visiting people, but she admits there are some good reasons to do so. For instance;

"In a new study, and the largest ever conducted, 22 pesticides were commonly found in the dust of homes in Salinas, California. Salinas is an agricultural community, but not all the pesticides found were agricultural pesticides. The Environmental Protection Agency and National Institute of Environmental Health have found that low level chronic pesticide exposure as found in these homes can cause numerous health problems, especially for fetuses and young children. The study was by the California state Department of Public Health and researchers with the Center for the Health Assessment of Mothers and Children of Salinas (CHAMACOS) with the University of California, Berkeley. Protection Agency."

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Not sure whether this is of interest or whether anyone else has experienced anything similar?

I work in a fairly small branch of a bank. There is a young lady who work on our customer services counter who normally wears formal shoes all the time.

However, when we had bad snow she wore wellies to work, and just bought a pair of slippers to change into in the branch.

For 3 days she just wore her slippers in work ,and did'nt even bring any shoes with her, - while the weather was bad.

Is this unusual - has anyone else seen anything similar?

Peter.

Celestial Fundy said...

An awful lot of readers have cited examples of people doing that. It seems to be especially common in banks.

Thanks for visiting, Peter.
What are your thoughts on removing shoes in homes?

Anonymous said...

Hi,

Yes I do take my shoes off at home, and now often when visiting friends etc.

To be honest with you my g/f got me into the habit.

I would'nt take my shoes off in work though.

I did'nt relise other people had experienced the same thing with slippers. Are the details still available?

She has gone bck to wearing shoes now, but I was pretty surpried at her behaviour.

Peter.

Celestial Fundy said...

Peter, good for you. I recommend you ask visitors to remove their shoes too; it really makes a difference.

Try looking at some of the posts with lots of comments. A lot of them have been about people removing shoes at work in recent weeks.

Sandro said...

from quite a few posts, it seems women are more likely to promote the policy

Celestial Fundy said...

One of the professors who examined me for my PhD came upon this blog by chance. She was clever enough to work out my identity.

She told me her son's girlfriend was asking visitors to remove their shoes and bring slippers.

Sandro said...

I know a girl who always takes her shoes off at the door when at other people's homes, but quite often walks in her shoes in her own apartment for a few minutes before leaving. Does anyone have such experience?

Celestial Fundy said...

Yes, I have seen people do that.

Sandro said...

They think they must respect others' homes, but don't have to do theirs

Bob said...

What I found annoying about Ms Bond's post was that she disliked removing her shoes when visiting unless it was the cultural norm. According to her if one is not Asian, Buddhists, etc you do not have the same right to expect people to remove their shoes at your home.Seems discriminating to me

Celestial Fundy said...

Yes, it is a rotten attitude, Bob.

And patronizing to people of Asian origin, as though they cannot help their behaviour. Maybe Asian folks just want to keep their homes clean like you and me!

Celestial Fundy said...

Bob, perhaps you are of Polish descent?

If so, you could claim removing shoes as part of your heritage.

Bob said...

Sorry Matthew, I am not of Polish descent. Actually my heitage is Italian!
I have maintained a shoeless home since I was single. It was my housekeeper who was the driving force behind it. She always removed her shoes when she was in my apartment because she did not want to make marks on the hardwood floors or soil the carpeting. It made sense to me so I followed suit.
One day when she was there a women whom I was dating at the time came by. I was out running an errand. She answered the door and told the women that I would be back in a few minutes and invited her in. As the women walked in she told her in no uncertain terms that her high heels were to remain at the door. After that whenever this women visited, she immediately remover her shoes least she incur the wrath of my housekeeper!

Celestial Fundy said...

Well, with your being Catholic, it was at least a possibility. I am related to a Polish-American in Florida, though I have never met him.

So the shoes-off policy was not your wife's idea then? How did she take to it?

Bob said...

It was not a problem. The first time she came to my apartment I simply asked her to take off her shoes and she complied willingly. She had another friend who asked shoes be removed so it was not a foreign idea to her. I believe that she related that story in her post a few weeks ago.

Celestial Fundy said...

Yes, she did. Though she did not make clear which of you came up with the idea.

Moderate Mouse said...

Bob,

I apologize in advance if this question offends you by any means, but do you by any chance have plastic sheeting on any of your furniture? I'm just asking because you mentioned having an Italian hertiage (as does a friend of my sister's), and I've heard that the plastic sheeting on furniture is something that is more associated with Italians than the shoes-off thing. Also there's an ongoing reality show on the US channel VH1 called, "Frank the Entertainer in...A Basement Affair." I don't know if you've heard of this show, but it takes place in the home of a family of Italian descent. They don't have a shoes-off policy, but occasionally there's a scene that features one of their couches (a brownish one I think it is) which is covered in plastic, and as far as I know, it's the only one that is.

Again, I apologize if my question offends you. I'm just curious. (I'm not trying to judge here. If it IS something you do, that's your perogative. I'm of the belief that the person who lives in the home is the one who knows what's in the best interest of it.)

Bob said...

Moderate Mouse...no there are no plastic coveings on our furniture, nor have I ever seen such a thing in any home. I believe that plastic coverings on furniture is an urban myth like so many other stero typical traits attributed to Italians...no your question did not offend me at all

J Sawyer said...

Dear Matthew,

I hope you reconsider using the Huffington Post as source for your blog. It is the cyber-version of shoe soot.

As a Sarah Palin supporter I had to mention it.

Btw, I don't think you're a late night person, Matthew, but Sarah can be seen on CNN tonight at 1:30 London time, though CNN might keep with the stars arriving at the Oscars. She will give an address at a right to life event in Ohio, my home state.

Blessings,

Jodie

Celestial Fundy said...

I am not endorsing anything I link to.

J Sawyer said...

I know, just thought I'd tease you by being a scold.