While I should be thinking about Greece in terms of the original marathon since today was the running of the big one in New York, I have something entirely different on my mind thanks to a recent story from Fox News (motto: “We are a lot more interested in erotica than you might think.”)
But this blog post is less about things lascivious, and more about not getting lost.
As much as I am very used to people telling me to “get lost,” I typically have a difficult time doing so.
Given my innate sense of direction, excellent map reading skills, and superior compass utilization, I often can pinpoint myself to within 100 feet; well, as long as I have my trusty GPS receiver.
The problem is sometimes just remembering to take the Garmin with me. But, that may no longer be a concern as certain manufacturers are now putting GPS receivers in shoes.
Apparently, senior citizens are one of the primary target groups to use this specially equipped foot apparel,
"They might be living in their home but they’re confused. They go for a walk and they can get lost for days."
”The shoes will sell at around $300 a pair and buyers will be able to set up a monitoring service to locate wandering seniors…even set up alerts if a person strays outside of a predefined area.”
I can see it now. Combine this device with a method that the wife-person can send a disabling electrical shock if I get out a little too far from home, and ZAP, you have a human LoJack.
What does this have to do with sex work and what does this have to do with Greece?
“Another manufacturer strode into the picture with a decidedly different demographic — prostitutes.”
The Aphrodite Project has a new line of footwear specifically designed for sex work, and was inspired by the prostitutes of ancient Greece and Rome, who enticed clients with their flutes and sandals that left ‘follow me’ footprints in the earth.”
“Promotional and safety features designed to meet the needs of today’s sex workers.”
“Safety features?” Is not getting lost one of their bigger safety concerns? Really?
While I am not going to conjecture that these new shoes have a place in the ongoing Occupy Wall Street Movement, the company does seem to have the best interest of the working man…ah, make that, working woman in mind.
“Our shoes use the latest technology to bring sex workers on par with other public workers, whose lives are valued highly because they work in dangerous professions that serve the needs of the community.”
What exactly are they navigating to?
I’ve heard of shrinkage, but needing GPS to find their way?