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(KPHO)   Phoenix man receives second degree burns to his feet after deciding to walk down street barefoot in the middle of the afternoon   (kpho.com) divider line 88
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2010-07-17 11:23:24 PM  
Now that's a silly walk!
 
2010-07-18 02:24:29 AM  
Go home, snowbirds. Go home.
 
2010-07-18 02:28:18 AM  
wait- *holds finger up to ear*

this just in, breaking news from our field reporter ric romero:

its farking hot in arizona
 
2010-07-18 02:28:52 AM  
Global warming!!!
 
2010-07-18 02:29:53 AM  
Diabetes or some other sort of nerve damage?

I can't imagine someone with feeling in their feet would let themselves get burned so badly.
 
2010-07-18 02:30:23 AM  
When I was a little kid I could actually do this. A kid across the street brought an egg outside, my sister and I stood in the middle of the street with him, barefoot, all three of us, and we broke the egg and watched it fry between our feet. Then we ran through the short trimmed dry, dead grass in the yard. This was normal. We went barefoot all summer in a town that was actually hotter than Phoenix, people in Phoenix didn't believe me after I moved there and told them it wasn't as hot as where I was from.

Now if I go outside barefoot I have 1000 puncture wounds if I walk into dry grass and I get blisters if I walk any significant distance, say beyond a normal mailbox, at anything over about 85.
 
2010-07-18 02:30:39 AM  
(reads TFA)

*whew* - it wasn't my Brother-In-Law

He would totally do something like that...
 
2010-07-18 02:30:56 AM  
The real question is:

Who will he sue?

Or will this be one of those rare cases when personal responsibility is actually recognized?
 
2010-07-18 02:32:12 AM  
The man noticed his feet had become hot and jumped into a grassy area before continuing to walk home. By the time the man had reached his home his feet were badly blistered and burned Jacobs said.

Imagine you put a pan on a red-hot burner. By the time the cooking surface is hot, it will stay hot long after you remove it from the burner.
 
2010-07-18 02:32:21 AM  
Got some serious contenders for slow news day fillers recently, this one's gotta put the brass on the mantle.

I have done more damage to myself on a Fri night bender and got zero sympathy from the wife.

I coulda been a contendah!
 
2010-07-18 02:32:30 AM  
I've only done that once. ONCE!
 
2010-07-18 02:34:18 AM  
I'm reminded of a hooker I saw in Phoenix one time. There was a nice looking woman standing on off of the side of the road on a phone book with no shoes. I was like what the hell? My girlfriend quickly pointed out what she was and what she was trying to do. I was naive about those things back then.
 
2010-07-18 02:34:34 AM  
pecosdave: Now if I go outside barefoot I have 1000 puncture wounds if I walk into dry grass and I get blisters if I walk any significant distance, say beyond a normal mailbox, at anything over about 85.

A soft white collar career has turned us all into vampires...

I actually have to wear sunscreen in the summer. WTF?
 
2010-07-18 02:35:35 AM  
A few weeks ago i did this while taking my trash out to the dumpster. A total of 10 seconds on the asphalt, and had awful burns on my feet. I hate this city.
 
2010-07-18 02:35:36 AM  
You really shouldn't do this 9 months out of the year anyways, and yet we all (AZ ppl) know someone that believes 'I'm only gonna run out for a second!' then they're back w/ blisters...good times...
 
2010-07-18 02:36:04 AM  
Yeah, but it's a dry heat.
 
2010-07-18 02:37:13 AM  
Knucklepopper: Go home, snowbirds. Go home.


Uccelli Della Neve Ite Domum

now write it 100 times before sunrise or I'll cut your balls off
 
2010-07-18 02:38:17 AM  
only here for the headlines:
A soft white collar career has turned us all into vampires...

I actually have to wear sunscreen in the summer. WTF?


No shiat. I got a sunburn a few weeks back. Instead of the normal two days of peeling I peeled for three days, stopped, and pealed another layer. It wasn't even a bad burn! Just a minor one in the sleeve area when I exchanged a T-Shirt for a sleeve less one and spent a couple of hours outside.
 
2010-07-18 02:39:04 AM  
wow, smitty really got the tag correct

it is so damned hot right now... we had a great leisurely spring and now we're paying for it.
 
2010-07-18 02:40:05 AM  
I wouldn't do this in most places in the summer, let alone in Phoenix.
 
2010-07-18 02:40:45 AM  
www.ipcvision.com

I'm in ur sky, burnin' up ur old peoplz.
 
2010-07-18 02:41:06 AM  
bahr: wow, smitty really got the tag correct

it is so damned hot right now... we had a great leisurely spring and now we're paying for it.


Paying for it by having ... totally normal and average weather and heat for this time of year?
 
2010-07-18 02:42:03 AM  
bahr: wow, smitty really got the tag correct

it is so damned hot right now... we had a great leisurely spring and now we're paying for it.


Here on the East side of Texas it's hovering in the high 90's for the high like normal, on the West side of the state where I'm from it's staying mid to low 100's. That's lower than normal. I keep hearing about the heat wave but apparently Texas isn't getting it.
 
2010-07-18 02:42:44 AM  
thenateman: The man noticed his feet had become hot and jumped into a grassy area before continuing to walk home. By the time the man had reached his home his feet were badly blistered and burned Jacobs said.

Imagine you put a pan on a red-hot burner. By the time the cooking surface is hot, it will stay hot long after you remove it from the burner.


I've burned myself enough times to know this.

Common sense, people. Common sense.
 
2010-07-18 02:44:48 AM  
I've known people who have done this in WY in the summer. I always stare at them a little because I know there are crucial connections that just aren't active in their brains.

/have a pair of flip flops by the door just so I don't become one of those stupid people
 
2010-07-18 02:45:09 AM  
This is no joking matter, especially if your feet aren't all calloused and toughened up from having gone barefoot for months/years prior to it. I can relate to the poor old dude.

When I was younger, I was in a Youth Organization that traveled to Texas for a week-long event held in San Antonio. On one of the days, we decided to hit up a local water park (whose name I couldn't tell you if my life depended on it), that had one of those nifty innertube river 'rides'. Our group didn't realize that we'd actually relaxed so much that we floated right on out of the park as the river kept going, and had to bail at the first bank we came to. And the only way to get back to the park was to walk across a glorious blacktop parking area. Mind you, it was in mid July, the average temperature outside was 95+, and I could literally see the heat shimmer from the pavement. That had to be the most painful quarter mile walk I've ever had the misfortune of making. Couldn't stand or walk for the rest of the day; by some miracle I didn't get blisters but one of the girls with us had her feet bottom covered in 'em and had to go the ER.

So yeah, I empathize with the poor yahoo who nuked his feet by going barefoot.

/learned my lesson regarding skin and heat and protection
//or not when I got mild sun poisoning on my arms eight years later
///slow bake, not instant-crisp, please
 
2010-07-18 02:48:25 AM  
This past May, my mother-in-law and I set up a booth at the fairgrounds for their annual "Big Yard Sale". Like an idiot, I chose an outdoor vendor spot, being too cheap to shell out the extra cost for the air-conditioned buildings.

A key thing to note here: I have Lupus. Between my medications and the disease itself I am supposed to be out of the sun as much as possible. Prior to leaving for the fairgrounds, I applied sunblock (SPF 65) to my legs, arms, face, and neck. I grabbed my big, floppy brown hat to wear, my sunglasses, and off we went.

During the event itself I was sure to stay out of the sun, sitting in the shade or inside the car. Around the end of the day, my right leg had that dry sunburn feeling. When I got home, my legs were red - yep, I had a sunburn.

But then, my legs swelled up and I developed HUGE blisters. We're talking the size of a tennis ball. The redness got worse and finally, I could barely walk. Off to the ER I went.

Now, I have been told, I am allergic to the sun. I must avoid it at all costs (with the exception of certain things, such as walking to my car). In addition, I use SPF 100 sunblock (seeing as how I STILL burned with the SPF 65). It took over a month and a half for my legs to heal, as the blisters ruptured and became infected.

/sunburn = joygasm
/CSS
 
2010-07-18 02:51:44 AM  
This happened to me when I was 10.

/Phoenix is hott
 
2010-07-18 02:52:03 AM  
Anyone seen my pants: This is no joking matter, especially if your feet aren't all calloused and toughened up from having gone barefoot for months/years prior to it. I can relate to the poor old dude.

When I was younger, I was in a Youth Organization that traveled to Texas for a week-long event held in San Antonio. On one of the days, we decided to hit up a local water park (whose name I couldn't tell you if my life depended on it), that had one of those nifty innertube river 'rides'. Our group didn't realize that we'd actually relaxed so much that we floated right on out of the park as the river kept going, and had to bail at the first bank we came to. And the only way to get back to the park was to walk across a glorious blacktop parking area. Mind you, it was in mid July, the average temperature outside was 95+, and I could literally see the heat shimmer from the pavement. That had to be the most painful quarter mile walk I've ever had the misfortune of making. Couldn't stand or walk for the rest of the day; by some miracle I didn't get blisters but one of the girls with us had her feet bottom covered in 'em and had to go the ER.

So yeah, I empathize with the poor yahoo who nuked his feet by going barefoot.

/learned my lesson regarding skin and heat and protection
//or not when I got mild sun poisoning on my arms eight years later
///slow bake, not instant-crisp, please


lh4.googleusercontent.com

$20 at K-Mart.
I wear these all day at Blue Bayou in Baton Rouge, every ride, even swim with them on. Had bad experience at Water Wonderland in Odessa just walking in the normal park, learned my lesson.
 
2010-07-18 02:54:28 AM  
To Wish Impossible Things: Diabetes or some other sort of nerve damage?

The local Phoenix NPR affiliate did a warning about exactly this, give the man a prize.
 
2010-07-18 02:59:42 AM  
Anyone seen my pants:
When I was younger, I was in a Youth Organization that traveled to Texas for a week-long event held in San Antonio. On one of the days, we decided to hit up a local water park (whose name I couldn't tell you if my life depended on it)


Probably Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels.

See, I don't understand this - I lived in the Phillippine islands on Clark AB for three years when I was a kid, and I was barefoot probably 95% of the time. It's just what you did. And, when we moved back to the US and settled in San Antonio, I usually went barefoot as well, including going across the street to our neighborhood pool to swim, across an asphalt parking lot. Never had a problem. I guess I had pretty thick calluses back then.
 
2010-07-18 03:01:32 AM  
PerpetualFascination: The local Phoenix NPR affiliate did a warning about exactly this, give the man a prize.

I heard that on 91.5 KJZZ, too. I forget if it was Terry Ward or Mike Sauceda. Timely, just the same.
 
2010-07-18 03:01:39 AM  
pecosdave: $20 at K-Mart. I wear these all day at Blue Bayou in Baton Rouge, every ride, even swim with them on. Had bad experience at Water Wonderland in Odessa just walking in the normal park, learned my lesson.

Yeah, if I'd known we'd be going outside the water park I probably would've had at least something. All I got was a towel that I had to use to try to stumble across first the paved blacktop, then the gravel.

Good to know though, will probably pick up a pair in the near future here.
 
2010-07-18 03:02:11 AM  
dcigary: Anyone seen my pants:
When I was younger, I was in a Youth Organization that traveled to Texas for a week-long event held in San Antonio. On one of the days, we decided to hit up a local water park (whose name I couldn't tell you if my life depended on it)

Probably Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels.

See, I don't understand this - I lived in the Phillippine islands on Clark AB for three years when I was a kid, and I was barefoot probably 95% of the time. It's just what you did. And, when we moved back to the US and settled in San Antonio, I usually went barefoot as well, including going across the street to our neighborhood pool to swim, across an asphalt parking lot. Never had a problem. I guess I had pretty thick calluses back then.


*click profile*

yes... yes you did. you also might have been drinking the whole time... i go for midnight runs barefoot and in my underwear while i'm drunk so and dont feel any 'pain' until the next day... it could be that

/just the one time
//i swear
 
2010-07-18 03:03:39 AM  
Ugh. Walk it off you pussy.
 
2010-07-18 03:24:22 AM  
www.chickenwingscomics.com
 
wee
2010-07-18 03:25:50 AM  
When I was a kid we cooked eggs on the street once. The sidewalk wasn't quite hot enough.

In the late 80's we had "The Hottest Day Evar". It was 122 degrees. A couple weeks beforehand, I took a job to save up money for college. Turns out repairing air conditioners might sound like a "cool" job, until you realize that the air conditioners proper are almost invariably outside, in full sun. And they're hot. Like, really hot, since they exchange heat with the air inside.

That day I had the joy of crawling around in a guy's attic. And it was that day I decided I wanted to learn a skill that kept me indoors.
 
2010-07-18 03:37:38 AM  
Wimp.

/Done that
//Except for the seeing the doctor bit.
///What, grew up in Hawaii. Shoes were optional.
////WIMP
 
2010-07-18 03:47:19 AM  
Nuke Phoenix from orbit, it's the only sure way ... to cool it down.
 
2010-07-18 03:55:55 AM  
We are having a mild summer in Portland, OR. I really can't imagine living in Phoenix, if you can call that living. Why yes, I like the rain. Rain in the Pacific Northwest is more like a soft shower.
 
2010-07-18 04:15:52 AM  
Why would you live in Phoenix? Ugh. It gets bloody hot in Salt Lake (High 90's to low 100's) but I can drive for about 30 minutes and be high in the mountains, where its 80 degrees.
 
2010-07-18 04:47:30 AM  
Baz the Spaz: Yeah, but it's a dry heat.

Not this month; it is sweltering now thanks to humidity. Maybe not 'Florida' humidity, but it is farking muggy and hateful right now. 110-115 is farking unreasonable here; 100-105 seems like a nice spring day.


/I live here because this is where I live, not going to move based on stupid unreasonable weather....

//beats most of the country most of the time as far as good weather

///but yes, summer sucks big ole' balls
 
2010-07-18 04:53:03 AM  
pecosdave: enix one time. There was a nice looking woman standing on off of the side of the road on a phone book with no shoes. I was like what the hell? My girlfriend quickly pointed out what she was and what she was trying to do. I was naive about those things back

Back when I was 17 and went to Phoenix on a job and I was floored by the amount of hookers walking the streets. I come from the Orange County/LA area and have seen many girls of the night, but never so many and so badly (hookerly?) dressed before.

/I see you beat me by three months on signing up for FARK, woo hoo, class of 2003!
 
2010-07-18 04:53:48 AM  
Mini Ditka: Baz the Spaz: Yeah, but it's a dry heat.

Not this month; it is sweltering now thanks to humidity. Maybe not 'Florida' humidity, but it is farking muggy and hateful right now. 110-115 is farking unreasonable here; 100-105 seems like a nice spring day.


/I live here because this is where I live, not going to move based on stupid unreasonable weather....

//beats most of the country most of the time as far as good weather

///but yes, summer sucks big ole' balls


we really do have nice sunsets...
 
2010-07-18 04:54:29 AM  
Mini Ditka: Baz the Spaz: Yeah, but it's a dry heat.

Not this month; it is sweltering now thanks to humidity. Maybe not 'Florida' humidity, but it is farking muggy and hateful right now. 110-115 is farking unreasonable here; 100-105 seems like a nice spring day.


/I live here because this is where I live, not going to move based on stupid unreasonable weather....


Unbearable weather seems like a great reason to leave. That, and the lack of jobs, careers, schools, and culture.

//beats most of the country most of the time as far as good weather

Not sure if serious.

///but yes, summer sucks big ole' balls

Late spring sucks big balls,
Summer sucks big balls, but
Early fall can suck the biggest balls of all.
 
2010-07-18 05:02:15 AM  
RoyBatty: Unbearable weather seems like a great reason to leave. That, and the lack of jobs, careers, schools, and culture.

It's easy to say that, but I have a pretty great job and have 18 years invested in the company.

And what little family I have is all in close proximity.


/We deal with 4-5 months of shiatty heat, midwest/eastcoast deals with 4/5 months of shiatty winter

//six of one......
 
2010-07-18 05:02:58 AM  
What a hot Phoenix might look like.
www.jmm-comics.com
 
2010-07-18 05:51:24 AM  
Welcome to Phoenix, AZ. When I was 10 I cooked an egg on the sidewalk in late July. It's hot and humid!
 
2010-07-18 06:06:25 AM  
Homr: Why would you live in Phoenix? Ugh. It gets bloody hot in Salt Lake (High 90's to low 100's) but I can drive for about 30 minutes and be high in the mountains, where its 80 degrees.

I miss Phoenix some times. I left for career reasons. I found out there were a lot a manufacturing jobs, there were a whole bunch of engineering and upper level jobs, there wasn't a whole lot in between while I was there, but there were tons of in-between jobs in Houston. Not to mention far superior city planning.

Now that I'm of a level where going back to Phoenix would make sense, I'm sort of stuck here - yes, my feet are nailed down. Two reasons I really want to go back - I miss the weather and people drive better.
 
2010-07-18 06:19:02 AM  
Anyone seen my pants: This is no joking matter, especially if your feet aren't all calloused and toughened up from having gone barefoot for months/years prior to it. I can relate to the poor old dude.

When I was younger, I was in a Youth Organization that traveled to Texas for a week-long event held in San Antonio. On one of the days, we decided to hit up a local water park (whose name I couldn't tell you if my life depended on it), that had one of those nifty innertube river 'rides'. Our group didn't realize that we'd actually relaxed so much that we floated right on out of the park as the river kept going, and had to bail at the first bank we came to. And the only way to get back to the park was to walk across a glorious blacktop parking area. Mind you, it was in mid July, the average temperature outside was 95+, and I could literally see the heat shimmer from the pavement. That had to be the most painful quarter mile walk I've ever had the misfortune of making. Couldn't stand or walk for the rest of the day; by some miracle I didn't get blisters but one of the girls with us had her feet bottom covered in 'em and had to go the ER.

So yeah, I empathize with the poor yahoo who nuked his feet by going barefoot.

/learned my lesson regarding skin and heat and protection
//or not when I got mild sun poisoning on my arms eight years later
///slow bake, not instant-crisp, please


(Story NSFWeak stomachs)
My brother once did one of those day-at-the-lake things in AZ. Now, mind you he is a pretty pale redhead, so his natural SPF is just a hair above zero. But all his companions actually had skin that could take the sun for more than a few minutes, hours even. So, he slathered himself up and away they went. His friends came back a couple shades darker. He, on the other hand, came back with blisters all over and skin to match his hair. But the best part is that he had these epic uniblisters on each foot. Each one had about the liquid volume of a shot glass, and sloshed with his steps. He had to get silver colloid cream to keep the infections down.
 
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