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This afternoon I had to pick up a prescription at Rite Aid. A lady that just left the pharmacy was using her remote to unlock her car. When I was nearer she said to me:"I see you walking all over Allentown. Don't you have a car or use the bus?" If you are over 65 you can get a free bus pass for Allentown. I recognized the lady quite vaguely as living somewhere in our neighborhood. In fact I recognized the color of her car more than the lady. I had my car keys hooked on my shoulderbag and showed them with a rattle to the lady. "Why don't you use your car?" I asked her how old she thought I was. With a little hesisation and wrinkling her forehead she estimated me between 60 and 65. I said I was 75. "Now you know why I walk that much." I left her slightly puzzled.
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Good for you with that remark! Some people should just mind their own business....
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That is awesome!! Made me smile!
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Fred in Skirts wrote:
Mon Feb 17, 2020 12:49 am
Good for you with that remark! Some people should just mind their own business....
The lady said it in a cheerful way and I felt no negative vibes at all. I think she also had seen me walking in a skirt and that could have triggered her remark. I don't think I would have reacted as I did if there was anything nosey in her attitude.
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beachlion wrote:
Sun Feb 16, 2020 11:31 pm
I left her slightly puzzled.
Slightly. I love your sense of the ridiculous; she will be puzzling over that for the rest of her life.
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denimini wrote:
Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:46 am

Slightly. I love your sense of the ridiculous; she will be puzzling over that for the rest of her life.
Either that, or he may find a walking partner next time.
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Kilted_John wrote:
Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:49 pm
denimini wrote:
Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:46 am

Slightly. I love your sense of the ridiculous; she will be puzzling over that for the rest of her life.
Either that, or he may find a walking partner next time.
I don't think there are that many walking genes in the American DNA these days.
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I perforce do a lot of dog walking mornings & evenings, but that's not cardio. Endorphins are generated in my torture chamber, which features a rowing machine....

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beachlion wrote:
Mon Feb 17, 2020 10:09 pm

I don't think there are that many walking genes in the American DNA these days.
Yeah, for the most part. Unfortunately. Hoping to change that for myself, at least.
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It’s weird how most people can’t understand why you would choose to walk when you could drive. It does keep you active. I have long been an advocate of get a dog not a gym membership. It’s socially acceptable to see a guy walking with a dog but considered suspicious if he’s alone. Just an observation, you’re that strange guy who walks about not the guy in the skirt. Is that progress ? I don’t know!
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Re: walking, I wouldn't do it alone now. Far better to have a nice big dog along for company. At other times I join small groups for a specific walk, ramble or trek depending on the route and the terrain.

On a recent weekend spent with my elder son & his family in Worcestershire, South of Birmingham he suggested we walk to a pub to which he had taken us by car some months previously.
He's taller than me with a stride to match and the walk turned out to be Five very brisk Miles....under the M42 and on to a very welcome pint there. I was mindful also that it was all of 5 miles back as well!

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Kirbstone wrote:
Tue Feb 18, 2020 5:24 pm
..... On a recent weekend spent with my elder son & his family in Worcestershire, South of Birmingham he suggested we walk to a pub to which he had taken us by car some months previously.
He's taller than me with a stride to match and the walk turned out to be Five very brisk Miles....under the M42 and on to a very welcome pint there. I was mindful also that it was all of 5 miles back as well!

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My experience is that every pint (or standard glass of other alcohol) you drink is adding a few miles to the distance you have to walk back. I have covered a lot of extra miles (or kilometers) that way. The same applies to biking. ;)
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I walk the dog a couple of times a day, always in a skirt or kilt. Often get into conversions about the dog or kilt, rarely the skirt though.
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The weather was very nice this afternoon. Quite unexpected. When one weather system moves faster and another slower than predicted, the weather might change dramatically for a short time.
With 15C (60F) it was really nice. I had to go to the Home Depot to get my last batch of wood to finish a project. I was in a denim skirt, one of my favorites. Because of the virus, only 100 people were allowed in. I had to wait outside with my cart. The cleaning material department showed the same desolate state as in supermarkets. But they had the wood I was looking for.

On the way home I visited my grocery store but still no toilet paper, soap or hand sanitizer. With a roll of paper towels, eggs and some canned stuff under my arms I went to the register. I seldom go in the daytime so the lady at the register was a new one to me. Very friendly she asked if I wore a kilt and added that she had never seen that sort before. I was a little tired of explaining the things of life (also the empty shelves did not help) and said that is was the tartan of a very obscure Scottish clan. Which clan is it she asked quite seriously. While I put the change in my wallet I said that is was the McDenim clan but like a conspirator I asked her, with a soft voice, to keep it quiet.

To be honest, I had this form of conversation prepared. I just had to wait for the right moment.
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beachlion wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:14 pm
While I put the change in my wallet I said that is was the McDenim clan but like a conspirator I asked her, with a soft voice, to keep it quiet.
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