Friday, November 13, 2009

Flashback Friday: Be Seen or Be Slain

Twice this week it happened. Driving home from work, I saw some runners whom I almost didn't see. Obviously, these jokers need a brush-up on my Winter Running Rules, specifically No. 6.

As a runner, I like to think I'm fairly cautious about looking out for fellow runners when I'm driving. You know, do unto others? Namely, don't squash a runner with your right front fender if you yourself would prefer not to be squashed by another driver's right front fender.

One of these runners I saw actually was wearing a reflective vest, but he was still a bit difficult to see. It should go as a warning that you should do your best to be as visible as possible, but remain aware that sometimes your efforts are still not enough.

Be careful out there. I hate when my readers die off.

Back Talk
Wherein we consider the spiritual path of the Ninja.

FunnyRunner swats a nunchaku at my Ninja running style: "Maybe you're just thinking about it too much. Just run, man. Think about something else ..."

Answer: How Zen. Do Ninjas follow Zen? Or would that make me a Samurai? That could be a Haiku.

Happy Hour is nearly upon us, teammates. Don't spend your weekend in the drunk tank. Run well and drink well. Cheers!


The Sean said...

this is not haiku
which does as it do.
A ninja is, who knows who?
The Samurai will slice n dice you!
zen is all and all is too~

Funnyrunner said...

lol. gosh. good thing I checked in; you're talking about me behind my back.

I am WAY guilty of being an endangered killed off reader. I am SO BAD at running in the dark. I just stay as close to the side as I can and get ready to lunge into the grass on the side of the road at any given moment. No light, no reflector vest. sheeeut. I don't even think my jacket has a reflector tape on it - my gloves don't either. I suck. I live dangerously.

Yet, I've never had a close call at night. My closest call was when I was running in broad daylight in London where they drive on the goddamned wrong side of the road. I looked LEFT before stepping off of the curb into the road and a car just about made me into pancake coming from the direction I didn't expect...

Well, off I go to run in the dark again. (Oh - I have tripped on a sidewalk slab of cement that was sticking up where it didn't belong and fallen flat on my face at night, too. that sucked).

Maybe if I would've stopped reading blogs awhile ago it wouldn't be dark now. geez.

Funnyrunner said...

hey btw. I've been a terrible blog reader lately; have you done your fall marathon yet? Hope it goes or went well!

Jess said...

Yeah, it would be bad karma to run over a fellow runner.

Ms. V. said...

Come and run LA!!!

X-Country2 said...

I'm all about the reflective gear in the winter. I look like a mis-matched tool inside, but I'm full of shinny reflecting light when I'm outside.

Al's CL Reviews said...

I nearly kill people in my car on a monthly basis (used to be weekly but I've gotten used to moving around to check blind spots). Word to the wise...if ever you are running and see a FJ Cruiser, assume they don't see you. That thing has more blind spots.

the erratic epicurean said...

i pass a guy like everyday on my way home from work. the first few times i didn't notice him until i was right up on him even though he was wearing a vest and a flashing necklace thing. now i am more cautious since i see him regularly but for pete's sakes - i think he needs a strobe light or something!

Xenia said...

So does the blog silence mean this week's Flashback Friday is going to be a blank post? Totally meta, dude.