Sunday, August 21, 2005

This week's column:
Putting his bare foot forward

You may have read my column a few weeks ago in which I declared I had never worn flip-flop sandals. By “you” I mean the handful of people who read this column who are not my mother or a frustrated copy editor who’d rather be working on his novel.

Anyway, that column garnered a sizable response from readers concerned that my aversion to flip-flops was some sort of cry for help. In fact, the column hadn’t been in print for more than 20 minutes when I got an e-mail from someone named Barefoot Ted, who offered the following piece of advice: “Dude, take off your shoes and learn to live a little.”

It’s a simple statement, but I have to say it came as something of a wake-up call. I was particularly moved by the way Barefoot Ted referred to me as “Dude” — it was like he was admitting me into his inner cabal, offering me a glimpse into the very heart of his Barefoot Tedness.

To read the rest of this week's AT LARGE by Peter Chianca, click here.


mrs. awesome said...

dude, so did you do it? take off your shoes, live a little?

Pete Chianca said...

You have to read the column! But here's a clue: No I didn't.

Suzie said...

Hahaha, "WWBTD"... That's great!

So to you, everyday life is an extreme sport if you add a little imagination... minus the flip flops?

No-L said...

I still think you need to take off the shoes, DUDE!!! Seriously go get a pedicure and some leather slippers and enjoy yourself. Who cares what your feet look like... well if there bad I don't want to see them ;)

BTW WWBTD is hilarious!

praynlady said...

WWBTD! Too funny!
A DUDE wearing leather?! Now theres a thought. Ride a cow then wear it! haha
Sorry activists, just kidding.
P. really enjoyed your article in this weeks colomn. I am still laughing,

GO, Barefoot Ted, Go!

Barefoot Ted said...


This is me, Barefoot Ted, and I say Howdy from Sunny Southern California.

I have had some great adventures this year including running a 100 mile trail race and doing a rim to rim at the Grand Canyon all barefoot.

Check out my blog for the latest.

And, dude, I sure hope you found a little time to FEEL the world a little. It really does feel good.

Best Regards, Barefoot Ted

PS. If you must cover, use the FiveFinges shoes by Vibram.