Saturday, July 16, 2011
Found this note on the floor when I got out off bed this morning....
After many years of staying silent we felt it necessary to start letting you know that this could not continue - the abuse and mistreatment you have enacted upon us has finally bought us to this point and we are threatening strike action if it does not cease.
We could say we are going to 'walk off the job' but that would be a bad attempt at humour.
If you wouldn't minding taking the time to look down (suck in your tummy for a better view) you will notice that your legs (yes - those things that hang off your torso) do not end at your knees.
That's it - look closer - that's right! Going on from your knees are us - your lower legs, ankles and feet.
For a moment consider what we have been doing while you have been munching away up there, slowly expanding your bulk:
1. Assumng an average of 6000 steps a day (come on - you know you need to do more!) over 47 or so years we have taken just over ONE HUNDRED MILLION STEPS!
2. Those rare times when you are upright, each step you take puts about 130 pounds per square inch of pressure on each of your feet - a normal car tire would BURST at that PSI pressure and yet we keep going - for 100,000,000 steps so far and counting.
3. You have crammed us into ill fitting shoes (lets not talk about those clunky high heeled shoes from the 70's - or as Dad called them - clodhoppers!) and suffocated us for just under 100,000 hours - thats about 10 years. YOU try being stuck in a tight, sweaty, sometimes smelly place for 10 years!
4. You like your calves - they look mucled and not at all like some of those scrawny guys legs do. You know why? Because we have both lifted 60 kilos up and down nearly 1.5 million times in your life - no WONDER we look like we're on steroids!
So we have started taking action - you may not have realised but the protest march is already in progress.
That ache just behind your ankles and calves when you stand up in the morning accompanied by pain in your heels - thats us - and we are just STARTING the protest rally!
Keep expanding up there and we'll kick into high gear - soon every step will be us yelling about our unfair working conditions.
We're tired, over worked and starting to age - and we're gettin' grumpy. And we've started to complain about it - as you know.
Hey don't get us wrong - we LIVE to walk - we WANT to walk - we just want a workplace with a little less pressure.
Just in the last year or so I have started to notice pain behind my ankles and in my heels - as I age and am less mobile it seems to be getting worse.
SO - today was my first walk for ages and my feet seem to have enjoyed it:
(I didn't actually draw the faces on my shoes - just a bit of photoshopping to show how happy there were to have been for a walk:)
This will become a daily ritual. I live in a place with beautiful scenic walks and now is the time to get going.
It's time to listen to my body -and get some happy feet!