John Roderick is the singer and songwriter responsible for Seattle's The Long Winters. He tweets @johnroderick .
I love to golf, and even more so, love to golf barefoot. Are there any other summer activities you'd recommend doing barefoot? -- Kevin Calabro, host of The Kevin Calabro Show on 710 ESPN Seattle
Roderick: This is a question that could best be answered by Matthew McConaughey, so I'm going to turn it over to him:
"Hey, bro-dog, big high-five on the barefoot-activities question. Every day that I don't have to put on flip-flops is a day I know I'm living in grace. But let me turn that question around: Why are barefoot activities only confined to summer?
Our forefathers and mothers were barefoot all the time, which is why their connection to the Earth was so strong! I don't like to give advice, because advice is just fear, but since you asked: Everything is better barefoot, from eating fish tacos to making love on the beach in Madagascar. Set yourself free, my bro-master, and join me on the beach of life." --Matthew McConaughey
Please rank the following on the evolutionary ladder: radio DJs, magazine/newspaper critics, and bloggers. (Feel free to use other examples--worms, geoducks--to give full perspective.) --Andy Harms, DJ, 107.7 The End, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., weekdays
Roderick: All DJs, writers, and bloggers are members of the phylum Chordata, class Mammalia, order Primates, family Hominidae, genus Homo, species Homo sapiens. I can think of no instance of any of these occupations being filled by a member of a different species, let alone a different phylum, so their different ranks on the evolutionary ladder are so minuscule as to be imperceptible.
Now, worms are much more interesting! Even the common earthworm--phylum Annelida, class Clitellata, subclass Oligochaeta, order Haplotaxida, sub-order Lumbricina--diverges into so many different family classifications that it would be impossible for me to give due consideration to their diversity even at the level of genus. Geoducks are also invertebrates, as are the vast majority of living things: phylum Mollusca, class Bivalvia, order Myoida, family Hiatellidae. They are presently worth more per pound on the Asian market than either earthworms or music bloggers. A
ll the examples you mention are members of the kingdom Animalia. I hope this helps.