Blue Tag on Their Big Toe :: Follow the Commas

From http://patronsofthepit.wordpress.com/2013/02/02/fire-and-ice-the-rise-of-the-snow-weber/

fireA Blogger wrote the following:

“. . . A frozen monument if you will, erected in a semi-stately homage, symbolic to all the keepers of the grill out there, who do not, and will not, save for a trip somewhere with a blue tag on their big toe, take the winter off…. A tale of fire and ice.”

1. What does the Blogger mean by “save for”? 2. What is the definition of “save,” used in this context? 3. What does the Blogger mean by “trip somewhere with a blue tag on their big toe”? 4. Is this “trip” literal,metaphorical or both? 5. What does a blue tag on a big toe symbolize or represent?
[Use R.A.F.T. in your response]

. . . to all the keepers of the grill out there, who do not, and will not, save for a trip somewhere with a blue tag on their big toe, take the winter off.

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Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes and “Mule Bone”

In 1930, Zora Neale Hurston started working with Langston Hughes on a play which they named “Mule Bone,” a comedic depiction of Negro life in those days. Guess what? The play never saw the light of the day during the playwrights’ lifetimes. Do you know why? It’s because Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes had a giant dispute over credits. However, there’s a modern version of “Mule Bone” (now known as “Mules and Men”). It is in the form of a complete novel.

What have you learned about Zora and Langston that might explain why they argued?