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Lj Idol: Scorched Earth? - AS IT HAPPENS

Fri, Oct. 30th, 2009

07:40 pm - Lj Idol: Scorched Earth?

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If you've ever lived in what is colloquially referred to as "the ghetto," then you know that much of its life centers around one gathering hole. Ours was no exception.

That pool, and more specifically its water, was probably exposed to every disease known to man at some point. Kind of small yet pretty deep in places, it became the spot where I finally relinquished my irrational fear of water.

For reasons that are not entirely clear to me as I write this, my youngest sister, cousin, and I decided to walk over there from our house without our shoes. I think we were probably afraid of some scruffy kid wandering off with them while we were swimming, if thrashing around amidst a swirl of bodies could be called that.

Walking "uphill," or any sort of walking in grassy or dirt sections wasn't the bad part. It was the cement that we couldn't stand on. The temperature was no less than 102, and as I held my sister's arm, I pretty nearly floated in the air to avoid having my skin singed. We must have been quite the spectacle, stumbling, bumbling, screaming and cursing our way to the water's edge. "Alright," I said once I finally slid below that writhing mass of humanity, "I'm not getting back out of here!"

Of course I did have to get out eventually. We made the same ridiculous bounce step all the way back home, a good 12 to 15-minute walk. By the time we crashed through the door, we were all nearly in tears. "Lord, what is wrong with my children," was all my mom could say before bursting into paroxysms of laughter.

After that, we acquired sandals that could easily be packaged in someone's bag, and gave them to the pathetic soul who was too afraid to venture into those murky depths. One scalding was quite enough, thank you very much.

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From:johnmill79
Date:October 30th, 2009 11:51 pm (UTC)
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Oh yeah, it was true insanity!
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From:jenandbronze
Date:October 31st, 2009 05:03 pm (UTC)
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Imagine our guide dogs, but thankfully there's the invention of booties.

Great entry John!
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From:johnmill79
Date:October 31st, 2009 08:17 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, they have to work in all kinds of crazy conditions.
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From:faerie_spark
Date:October 31st, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)
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Nice concise little view into your childhood. Thanks for sharing. scalding cement does kill the bare feet, doesn't it? My feet have never been the same after traversing two or three feet of scalding pool deck during a July visit to Atlanta.
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From:johnmill79
Date:October 31st, 2009 01:39 am (UTC)
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Thanks for reading. I think about my childhood lots. And yeah, I don't really wanna walk on hard surfaces when it's really hot anymore!
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From:joeymichaels
Date:November 1st, 2009 06:53 am (UTC)
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Did they ever give you that story about how if you walk on the painted lines it isn't as hot as the pavement? Because that story is a lie. Ouch!
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From:johnmill79
Date:November 1st, 2009 01:36 pm (UTC)
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It seems I may have heard that at some point. I ain't walking on any hot solid surfaces anymore.
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From:shadowwolf13
Date:October 31st, 2009 03:18 am (UTC)
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I shouldn't laugh but I can see you all trying to make it across the cement. *giggle*
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From:johnmill79
Date:October 31st, 2009 04:05 am (UTC)
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Haha, we still laugh about that all the time.
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From:onda_bianca
Date:October 31st, 2009 06:57 pm (UTC)
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Great entry. I don't do barefoot on concrete, ouch!
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From:johnmill79
Date:October 31st, 2009 08:17 pm (UTC)
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Thanks. I certainly don't anymore!
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From:sherriola
Date:October 31st, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
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OOOOW. ouch. That makes my feet hurt. smile. Glad you finally all got sandals.
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From:johnmill79
Date:October 31st, 2009 08:19 pm (UTC)
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Haha, yeah we were silly kids indeed.
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From:norda
Date:November 1st, 2009 04:12 pm (UTC)
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Our neighborhood pool is much the same kind of gathering ground.
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From:johnmill79
Date:November 1st, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, sometimes I miss those days. I think we do have a pool up here, but I'm kinda nervous about all those kids now. lol
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From:baxaphobia
Date:November 2nd, 2009 12:01 am (UTC)
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Smile!
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From:johnmill79
Date:November 2nd, 2009 12:14 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I had fun writing that. Needed the commic relief!
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From:teaberryblue
Date:November 2nd, 2009 04:32 am (UTC)
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Ahahaha I remember burning my feet on the concrete a couple of times when I was a kid! Damn blacktop!
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From:johnmill79
Date:November 2nd, 2009 04:43 am (UTC)
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Oh yeah! Very painful. Must always wear shoes of some kind. lol
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From:adamant_turtle
Date:November 2nd, 2009 08:10 pm (UTC)
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When I was a kid, one of my closest friends lived across the street from one of the city swimming pools -- so of course, being like 10 at the time, we'd leave our shoes at her house and then dash across the road barefoot. OWWWW!

And in regard to "shoe theft," that's always my first thought about leaving ANYTHING around here unattended, LOL. As recently as my early twenties, a friend and I went rollerblading in the park, and we were at a loss as where to leave our shoes. Since mine were just cheap, beat-up flip flops, it wasn't the value I cared about; but as my friend said, people around here will take stuff just because they CAN, not because they WANT it...
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From:johnmill79
Date:November 2nd, 2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
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lol Well at least you only had to cross one street.

And yeah, they certainly would just take things for no real reason but because they could. Devious children! Of course some of those "children" were in their mid 20's.
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