The Agony of the Feet.

The trip to San Francisco this morning was happily uneventful, with the exception of the feet.

The nasty, smelly, hammertoed, chipped-silver-nailpolish-covered, old lady feet. The feet that remained mercilessly unsheathed from any sort of protective footwear the entire flight. Right next to me.

Occasionally they touched me.

Seriously, you are glad the resolution on this is so bad.

Tomorrow Bay Area friends can watch Kristen and I choke on live TV doing Mother's Day gift recos on ABC's View from the Bay somewhere between tips for turning off technology, and fun and easy exercises to get your body ready for the beach.

I hope they don't expect us to participate in either of those.

I imagine we'll be okay if I can manage not to think about the feet.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've seen a lot of totally vile blog posts in my day.

But this is truly horrifying. I may never go out in public again, just to avoid this situation.

Next time, warn us. Though god willing, there will NEVER be a next time.

4/23/08, 5:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's really disgusting!

I worked in a Podiatrist's office for a year, so I feel qualified to make that statement.

4/23/08, 6:02 PM  
Blogger kittenpie said...

OMG, you are TOTALLY FREAKING ME OUT! BLECH! God, I hate any feet, let alone nasty, gnarly ones. *shudder*

4/23/08, 6:15 PM  
Blogger Sam and Harper said...

I can not stand when strangers take their shoes/socks off on a plane next to me. Those feet touching me... I can't think about it. So gross- I hate feet.

4/23/08, 7:41 PM  
Blogger bethtrue said...

Wow that is super gross. And so inconsiderately rude of that woman, too. I mean my goodness! Hope that you were sufficiently covered such that you didn't catch any germies...


4/23/08, 7:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations! on "View from the Bay" (not the neighboring feet). That show is huge. Spencer from Channel 7 in NY does that show now.

You are gonna be great!

Sending fabulous vibes to you.

4/23/08, 8:19 PM  
Blogger Karen Bodkin said...

dude. i was totally eating my dinner - pork tenderloin. (key word: was)
you're such a brat!

4/23/08, 8:35 PM  
Blogger Blooming said...

I have to admit my morbid curiosity as to how you took the photo without being noticed. And what would you have said if you got caught? Do you tell the truth...or lie and say you have a foot fetish and want to preserve this memory for the future?

4/23/08, 8:38 PM  
Blogger Hilary said...

Ew...I hate toes...all toes, even my own...they are long and lean, like my fingers and I can cross them...weird, huh? Having your feet unsheathed in a public place is so not appropriate...maybe she thought she was still in San Fran??

4/23/08, 8:48 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Ugh, that's disgusting.

OK, folks, new social rule: when flying, KEEP YOUR SHOES ON! Actually, unless you're a foot model, keep your shoes on in public.

4/23/08, 8:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm going to the bathroom now. I may be some time.

Hope it all went swimmingly today! And indeed beachingly!

4/23/08, 9:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love it that you managed to snap a picture of The Feet. Nastiness. I hate feet!

4/23/08, 9:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eww.. I think I just threw up a little! I can't believe the feet touched you. *shiver*!

Kudos to you for snapping a picture. Some memories simply must be cherished!!

4/23/08, 9:52 PM  
Blogger Julie Marsh said...

I can't believe you took a picture. I bow down to your cojones.

4/23/08, 10:15 PM  
Blogger PunditMom said...

First, kudos on getting that pic. You are BOLD! Second, I am always amazed at your ability to make happenings into great blog posts. You need to do a BlogHer seesion on that!

4/23/08, 10:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Couldn't she at least have worn a trendy nail polish color on those dagger toes? Good luck!

4/23/08, 10:22 PM  
Blogger Tracey said...

oh my god, those feet are truly terrifying. THE HORROR...

i'm now going to have to spend a good hour trying to scour that image from my mind. because i don't want to know what kind of psychotic nightmares my brain might produce were i to go to bed with that still actively floating around in my imagination. (shudder)

4/23/08, 10:31 PM  
Blogger Suburban Turmoil said...

You could make a horror movie poster off that pic. Love it!

But you'd better copyright it or it'll end up on eBay on a lighter.

4/23/08, 10:37 PM  
Blogger Mom101 said...

Kayleighjeanne: The genius of the iPhone. It is both discreet and effective in situations like this.

Had I been caught however I'd have feigned ignorance. What? Oh wait...I just took a picture? Oh shoot, I just got this thing and I have NO idea how to work it...

4/23/08, 11:01 PM  
Blogger the mama bird diaries said...

That is a strong showing... taking a covert pic of the feet and all. Your commitment to blogging is so appreciated.

4/23/08, 11:18 PM  
Blogger Fairly Odd Mother said...

I can't even let my husband touch me with his feet. I would've run shrieking from the plane.

4/23/08, 11:33 PM  
Blogger Cassey said...

Haven't people been kicked off planes for being inappropriately dressed? And this they allow? I can handle a mini-skirt, this is way more offensive.

4/23/08, 11:34 PM  
Blogger Maternal Mirth said...

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4/24/08, 1:28 AM  
Blogger Maternal Mirth said...

I won't be able to sleep now, thankyouverymuch.

4/24/08, 1:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think you should totally get your airfare back.
that is too much.

4/24/08, 5:24 AM  
Blogger emily said...

Oh my goodness. My husband's grandmother insists on wearing sandals, and her feet look like that. The toes cross over each other - they can't even lie flat. It skeeves me out, yet I cannot look away. There needs to be an offical foot committee who can dictate at what point you must always keep your feet completely covered for the safety of those around you.

4/24/08, 6:54 AM  
Blogger kevin black said...

Sometimes a pedicure is in order. Other times, amputation.

4/24/08, 7:05 AM  
Blogger Renée said...


Rosemary's Feet.

4/24/08, 8:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of airlines, why aren't they throwing people with nasty feet off planes? I'd much rather see a boob and a baby sucking on it, than that stinky foot.

4/24/08, 10:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I admire your ability to sit through the entire flight with that disgusting view in front of you the whole time! You really took one for the team... good luck on the show:)

4/24/08, 11:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

blech. ick. ew. yuck.

Did I mention blech?

Yet another reason to avoid flying.

4/24/08, 1:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, you're in my neck of the woods! View from the Bay starts at 3:00; I'm looking forward to watching you and Kristen. Congrats!

(sorry about the feet)

4/24/08, 4:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Liz, hang out with me. I'll treat you to a cosmo or cocoa or whatever you like.

4/24/08, 5:33 PM  
Blogger RookieMom Whitney said...

Ok, I'm gonna be watching. If I was organized and a good host, and knew you were going to be here, I would have invited you over. None of those things are true, however.

4/24/08, 5:34 PM  
Blogger Lady M said...

Yuck, yuck, yuck!

Wish I could run up to see you on your SF visit. Have a great trip!

4/24/08, 8:28 PM  
Blogger Lara said...

i will definitely be watching! :)

4/24/08, 8:47 PM  
Blogger Debbie said...

you were both lovely, composed, brilliant, and FABulous.


i felt all proud and shit. :)

4/24/08, 11:55 PM  
Blogger SUEB0B said...

Well...to be charitable, if my feet were that f***ed up, I might take my shoes off too...because they look so painful.

But still.

4/25/08, 12:04 AM  
Blogger mod*mom said...

WoW!!!!!! you are a star!!!! you stole the show mom-101!!! even spencer got in how he used to work with your dad! you 2 were fabulous!
you seemed more relaxed than on your alpha tv videos. your daughter + mom are stars too. kristen looked so fabulously pregnant. the camera loves you both! can't wait to see you on oprah + the apprentice :)

4/25/08, 1:39 AM  
Blogger Bri said...

Oh, ewww! Just....ewww. That is all.

4/25/08, 2:31 AM  
Blogger josetteplank.com said...

You are a SUPERSTAR! Congrats on the gig!

And the feet...uh...that was me, actually. I've had funky old lady feet since I've been 8 years old. I promise, I was just feeling claustrophobic. I'll wear peds next time. ;-)

4/25/08, 11:50 AM  
Blogger the Lerro family said...

There's something about the chipped silver nail polish that takes it to a whole other level of NASTY. I work in a hospital and I've seen some pretty disgusting feet, but those take the cake.

4/25/08, 1:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

stinky feet are the worst! I wish my son would take that to heart... maybe I'll show him the picture in this post.

4/25/08, 2:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks like some kind of ghostly x-ray of a foot. EWWWW.

Was fun hanging with you and the fab Kristen last night. xoxo

4/25/08, 5:25 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

They touched you?! Oh good gawd! That's disgusting, I'd have lost it! Beatch! Get fungi ridden feet off of ME! and then there'd have been an emergency stop where I'd have been handed over to security. *shudder* Oh the nastiness of those feet.

4/26/08, 12:32 AM  
Blogger Tracy said...

Yikes! Glad you survived the flight! Have fun on TV!!!

4/26/08, 6:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are a better woman than I am.

I would have asked her to take her monkey toes and bunyons and place them else where.


Either that, I would have totally asked where she got her pedicure and bonded with her over her hammer toes.

I'm fickle that way.

Good luck on the boob tube.

4/27/08, 2:06 PM  
Blogger LiteralDan said...

The picture-taking was a great idea. If she objected, you can just point out that once something violates your personal space, it's yours enough to take a picture without asking. If she doesn't want people taking pictures of her feet, she should put them away.

Then, if you so desired, you could firmly declare, "In your FACE!" for effect.

4/28/08, 10:55 AM  
Blogger Mom101 said...

Kevin, that is the freaking funniest thing I ever heard.

5/1/08, 8:06 PM  

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