Sole Treatment...

... a strange notion popped into my head this morning as I was sending an email to Jimbo... it involved something, which to me, is deeply Southern.. and basic... and natural.. and deeply, deeply satisfying.... the simple act of sitting on your porch without your shoes...

... I did so yesterday after I finished my lawn work.. I took off the old combat boots that were caked with dirt and rolled my socks off as I sat on the steps of the deck... originally just focusing on not tracking dirt onto the kitchen floor, I sat out there for fifteen minutes or so and just enjoyed the feeling... I walked over the stone path out to the patio and smoked a cigarette, propping my feet up onto the chair opposite me... 73 degrees and the wind chimes going like church bells... sweaty shirt drying on my back in the breeze... it was incredibly relaxing...

... I recall tales told by my relatives of depression era times where kids spent all summer sans footwear... heels hardened enough to allow them to run full tilt down dusty gravel roads with nary a wince... impressive stuff... but hey, that ain't me... I'm 100% tenderfoot... but the I wanna go barefoot gene is still there...

... and in writing that email to Jim, I suddenly remembered a line from Prine's "Mexican Home" and it struck a chord...

... "I sat on the porch without my shoes and I watched the cars roll by..
... as the headlights raced to the corner of the kitchen wall"..

... maybe it isn't just a Southern thing... after all, Prine was hatched out in Illinois... so maybe it is just a redneck thing... this desire to curl your toes into the cool grass or rest your soles on a nice flat rock on the patio...

... incidentally, Prine is playing the Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville tonight.. and I'm planning on enjoying the show with Johnny Oh... so if I'm not around tonight, that's where I'll be...

by Eric on March 03, 2006 | Bullshit (12) | TrackBack (1) | Psycho Rants
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Quit doing that when the wind blows south...we can smell your feet down here in Atlanta.

Bullshitted by zonker on March 3, 2006 08:47 AM

Damn I am jealous......damn

Bullshitted by armywifetoddlermom on March 3, 2006 09:02 AM

I'm jealous as well

But I think your right. While I was held POW in Buffalo, NY I used to sit on my deck and drink coffee each morning before going to work and drink a beer there after getting home.

Folks in the neighborhood thought I was nuts.

Bullshitted by BloodSpite on March 3, 2006 09:43 AM

Sadly, barefootin' doesn't work that well in Jersey, as I noted here.

Bullshitted by Jim - PRS on March 3, 2006 09:50 AM

I'll tell ya that when yer up to yer ass in snow its sure nice to read about a guy workin on his lawn.

Bullshitted by Dan on March 3, 2006 11:02 AM

The urge to go barefoot is universal but I think I like beach better than stepping into red mud. Hard to wash that stuff off. Still you can't beat barefoot on the deck on March 2nd but that was just a tease here. You need socks today. The wind is cold again.

Bullshitted by Libby on March 3, 2006 01:01 PM

There is nothing as sweet as walkin' barefoot. Damn - I miss it. The feel of the soft grass under my feet, or better yet sand between my toes.

Ahhhhh - just the relaxation I need 'bout now. I wonder how long I can wander outside before I get frostbit? I might be worth it today!!!!

Bullshitted by Tammi on March 3, 2006 03:45 PM

Sounds like a great time will be had... :)

Bullshitted by Richmond on March 3, 2006 06:47 PM

Barefoot as I write. I hate shoes. I figured it was a Southern thing, but perhaps its only because its warm in the south to be barefoot as much as we are.

Bullshitted by Bou on March 3, 2006 09:19 PM

Remember J.J. Cale?

Bullshitted by Sam on March 4, 2006 10:37 AM

wait a minute....that link didn't mention j. prine's greatest album - 'bruised oranges', with 'that's the way the world goes 'round'...

Bullshitted by stratguy1961 on March 4, 2006 01:22 PM

I'm always barefoot, except when going out in the snow. I have those calloused heals all year.

Bullshitted by livey on March 4, 2006 09:58 PM