Best. Motto. Ever.

Best. Motto. Ever.
You'll hear me repeat it until my dying day: "BARE FEET = HAPPY LIFE!" ...It's THAT simple!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Tales of the Ticklish 19: Tickling Mom & Dad's Feet, Running Away Very Fast!

The original version..
Cute bare feet, right?!..
     The human brain, and it's seemingly unlimited storage capacity.. Our biological version of the biggest computer hard drive that hasn't even been built yet. It's amazing how certain sights, smells, sounds, and tastes can, from out-of-nowhere, trigger such long-forgotten memories, immediately bringing them up to the surface, where you then remember every single detail & nuance of the event that happened so long ago. I've typed long and often in this ongoing, "Bare feet are awesome", blog about a silly, but irresistable, love of tickling bare feet, that I've had ever since I was a little kid. Bluntly put, an unbridled love of making people laugh, and a feeling that ticklish laughter is just some of the best, most soulful (or "sole-ful", if you're searching for a pun) laughter that you'll ever experience in your life. Well, cue the great memories once again..
..BUT, flip the photo 90 degrees, and
it's how my parents' bare feet would
look, hanging off the end of our couch! LOL!
     Recently, I saw this fantastic bare feet photo online, and I think it was from some bedding ad, showing a couple's bare feet sticking out from under the blankets. I immediately took notice, because the bottoms of cute bare feet always, immediately, conjure the word "tickle" in my brain, instantly forcing a smile to form on my lips! But, as I stared longer at the photo, something in my brain told me to flip it 90 degrees, so I did.. And, BOOM, there the memory was! I started laughing, literally out loud, at the vivid visual that came rushing back, now hoping that you'll laugh along with me.. This was how my parents bare feet would look, stacked up, as they laid together on the couch, watching TV, waaaaaaaaaay back in the late 1970's!
     My beloved Mom & Dad would always lay on the couch together, when I was 7 or 8, or maybe 9, years old, to watch TV in the late afternoons, or evenings, while I played with toys or read comic books. But they would always lay spoon-style (Dad in back of Mom, Mom at the front edge), and thus, their feet would hang off the end of this couch, almost exactly like pictured in the 2nd photo! More than once, 2nd or 3rd grade me would be walking by, catch sight of the bottoms of two pairs of bare feet set up, PERFECTLY, like this, and immediately go for the ticklish laughs! (I had watched enough Three Stooges, or Little Rascals, episodes to know that you're SUPPOSED to tickle any bare feet that you see!) The reactions, if I remember correctly, were always hilarious, as they would both spasm and lightly kick at my little, annoying, tickling fingers! My mother, who is as nuclear-ticklish in her arches as I am, would laugh hysterically, while my Dad would also laugh, but would also manage to squeeze in a warning of a severe butt-whipping, if I didn't stop! (That was actually one of the funnier parts of an already funny situation: My tougher-than-steel Dad, trying to growl a threat, while simultaneously laughing) It was only when Dad swung his legs off the couch to jump up, that I knew it was time to run away, as fast as I could! "Feets, don't fail me now!!" ..Still, the chance to make Mom & Dad laugh was always worth a crack across the ass for insubordination! To my young ears, ticklish feet laughter was better than hearing them laugh at any funny movie/TV scene, and it was better by a wide margin! Because it was me who was causing the laughter, not some actor or comedian! Great times, great memories, and a lifetime of love & laughs. Thanks, brain, for keeping that memory in storage! And, three cheers, as always, for ticklish bare feet! :)

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July, Barefoot Nation!

"America, F*** Yeah!"
..And to the nation as a whole! Wishing everyone, both happy barefooters AND you folks who insist on wearing shoes, a very joyous, very safe 4th of July! Thank you to our troops, for their continued service, and to all of our 1st responders, who don't get to take today off, instead working to keep the rest of us safe, sound, & secure! GOD BLESS THE USA! (...Yes, those are my toes, and yes, they STILL rock!)

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Summer 2014, Part 2: "Dirty Bare Feet Means You're Doing It Right!!"

My friend, and fitness coach extraordinaire,
LeLou, the "barefooting beast", knows all
about the happiness of dirty bare feet!
     Last blog-post, I remarked about making sure your bare feet were ready for summer, and to enjoy the benefits of repeated trips to the pedicure salon.. But if you're a barefooter like me, you tend to trash your feet repeatedly, so having dirty feet kinda' becomes a happy badge of honor, in most cases! In a blog that I wrote a few months back, I addressed how some people find it gross, but so many people love the sight of dirty bare feet. Not in a sexual fetish way.. although there's plenty of those out there (WAY too many f**king creeps).. but more of a, "having a good time" way! Because, 9 times out of 10, if your bare feet are dirty, you had a REALLY good day! So let's all go barefoot more often, and all it takes is a shower and some bodywash to reset it back to clean bare feet.. ready to be trashed once again! :)
Dirty bare feet via a nice day at the park..

Oh, how I absolutely LOVE this! An Instagrammer posted this,
that she did her entire wedding ceremony AND reception completely
barefoot! As someone who dances barefoot all the time at
wedding receptions (WELL documented throughout the 3+ years
of this blog), this really made me smile! I'm not crazy, GO BAREFOOT

Friday, June 6, 2014

Summer's Here, 2014! Are Your Bare Feet Ready?!

My FAVORITE summer view, one that truly tells
me the good times are here: dangling, relaxed,
HAPPY bare feet!
HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN! (and the crowd erupts!) ..Yeah, I try to go barefoot (or only wear flip-flops) as much as I can possibly get away with it, year-round, but, understandably, that's gets a little dicey in those four months between December & March. But, hey, now it's June, and bare feet simply crave sunshine, air, & freedom! So, if you've got some appearance issues with those tootsies, get your butts to your local pedicure spot, and let those wonderful, talented, Asian girls work their magic! After, all, my life motto is in full effect, now: "Get barefoot, get happy, stay barefoot, STAY happy!" Cheers, my friends! 

My friend Jodi's daughter, from a few years back..
smiling & barefoot!

The girls are getting some vitamin D sunshine on their feetsies
while relaxing outdoors! :)

WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT! Hello, Summer! Hello, more bare feet!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day 2014.. (Let Mom Stay Barefoot Today, ALL Day!)

I love all of my mom friends, and I looooooooove my bare feet friends.. so, of course, I REALLY, truly love when we get to honor the two of those things together!! Happy barefoot (almost 80 degrees today!) Mother's Day, to all of you beautiful & wonderful mothers! Shoes-off, bare feet kicked up, relaxation, and nothing but love & smiles to you all!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Toms Shoe Co.'s 'One Day Without Shoes', 2014.. Barefoot for a Good Cause!

My friend, Daisy, with bonus chalk art points!
     April 29th, 2014, was the annual campaign started by the Toms Shoe Co. to raise awareness for helping poverty-stricken kids, mostly in 3rd world countries, who can't afford shoes when they DO actually need them! So, every year, usually around this time, it's "One Day Without Shoes", where you are supposed to go barefoot EVERYwhere (I kinda' do this anyway, to an extent, weather permitting! LOL!).. school, stores, work (if allowed), and when asked by strangers (which you will inevitably be), tell them about Toms mission. I do think it's kinda' cool that the company sends one pair of shoes out, to these poor kids, for every pair that's purchased. That easily qualifies as "putting your money where your mouth is". I had been all set to play along this year, had some cool & fun photo ideas for bare feet in public places/spaces, but, here in NY, it was 49 degrees and raining, and I did not see one barefoot person anywhere..uh, except at the pedi place, where I was enjoying my bi-weekly "therapy"! (wink) ..So, hopefully next year.. Hey Toms, let's shoot for mid-May instead of April! Here's some of the cuter photos that I've seen from two days ago, including participation by some of my best "photography & bare feet" buddies!
One Day Without Shoes..and a fine day for bare feet on the windshield! :)

One Day Without Shoes.. and a fine day for styling hair, bare feet for the whole shift!

One Day Without Shoes, and I think the whole staff at a Herba-Life shop was in on the fun!

One Day Without Shoes.. and my friend Stacy says, "Ask away!!"  :)

Oops! Forgot to Post This Year's Easter Toes!

OPI blue & OPI yellow with white Crackle on top!

     My bad! Been busy as hell, and totally forgot to pop up my 2014 Easter toes! I repeated last year's popular theme of "marshmallow peeps in a blender", so without any further delay, Happy Belated Easter 2014!  :)

...Plus, my pal had her awesome Easter BUNNY toes rockin' too! Good times!