People who drive toward with the sun bouncing off their windshield think you can see them and will later complain that you were unfriendly.
People who drive toward you when the sun is in your eyes think the same thing, so smile at everybody. It will piss off the people who don't like you and make the others either happy or confused, so it's all good.
People with smelly trucks or smelly motorbikes have no idea how noxious they are. They also don't understand why you don't want them to stop to talk to you while their exhaust poisons you.
Always walk facing traffic. Always.
Smile at everyone but give people with dogs a wide berth. If it's dark and sparsely populated, give women a wide berth too as you just might be making them nervous.
Cringing from the cold makes it colder. Stick out your chest and point your chin defiantly at the wind. Stare down the cold!
If I may add: if it is possible to cross the street and walk on the other side, do that rather than walking directly behind the woman. If you can, walk briskly so you can pass her and continue on your way. Don't keep looking at her while passing her. Please do not try to start a conversation; a dark empty street is just not the right place for being sociable.
Yes, I like to make plenty of noise when coming up behind anyone and especially a woman. I walk quickly so I can come up on them fast. I'll whistle a tune, kick up some dirt, and yes, cross the street if it is safe.
True. Years back, my wife and I walked five miles or more every night after dinner, good weather or bad. It was our adventure, it was time together to hold hands and talk. Those were some of the best times of our life.
Sadly, she can't walk with me any more. She's in too much pain. I therefore don't go out as often or for as long because I feel both lonely and guilty without her. I try to fit it in when she's busy with friends or off at her doctors.
I miss walking with her and she misses it too. We talk about it sometimes, but that's hard too. The memories are good but knowing we are denied them now is painful.
I'm sorry to hear that. It must've been nice to walk together. My husband won't walk with me. He doesn't know what he's missing. Well, he would walk, he says, if we first drove to some big park that has an official walking path. I say that defeats the purpose and takes away some of the fun. But anyway. I walk with a lady/neighbor across the street. We walk to the middle of town, Post Office, etc., and around the block. Gets us outta the house and exercises our various limbs (her limited hip and my limited-motion R.A.-stiff legs and arms.)
This is a neat thread. Walking is good for people. We do refrain from doing the "power walk" though. Have you ever seen anyone do that? It's comical. Besides, we'd probably end up on our rears if we tried it. ha.
You're right, it is very comical looking. I always thought it looked like there would be additional wear & tear on the hips. That's a good reason not to do it (besides having to get over "the world doesn't revolve around me" and feeling silly doing it).
I walk with a friend every Sunday morning, it's our time to chat and solve the problems of the world, lol. We hate when other people walk to close to us and usually speed up or walk across the road. It's strange but it feels like they are invading our personal space.
I also walk my dog during the week and have doggy bags with me and occasionally (I know this may sound gross) I pick up other dogs poop as well if it's close to Sassie's. I really hate dog owners who don't clean up after their own dogs!
But you may walk into a giant spider web with a banana spider waiting quietly - unless your son yells, Mom, stop! I'm glad he was with me on that adventurous walk through the woods in back of our property. I love to walk, it's a simple, healthy pleasure.
They will love walking with you, talking and just being with you.
They also have a different view of the world, both physically and mentally. When was the last time you stopped to closely examine an ant? Or peer into a curb drain? When did you last view the world from kneecap height? When was the last time you laughed at a rock going PLOOSH! in the creek?
I walk my two dogs nearly every day (they are walked separately). These days, I am working on canine obedience, so I am very conscious of how well my dog is heeling. I probably do miss some things in my environment.
Walking will really never be the "fun" it once was until I have little robot dogs that heel perfectly and ignore other dogs.
I was trying to vary the speed last year with my toy poodle (I really tried to race walk with her), and I tripped on a crack in the sidewalk. Fortunately, I fell forward, and braced my fall on the grass with my palms. I let go of the leash automatically, but my poodle did not run off.
Cell phones are good to take on a walk. But I don't always do that. I carry a garage door opener, dog waste bags, kleenex, and a container of pepper spray. Sometimes I have a radio with me!
Somewhere I still have a small bottle with a screw-off cap, in which you can secrete your name, address, and phone number. It's on a cord you wear around your neck.
Feeling the sensation of movement is good. I have Fibromyalgia so am always achy. However, I can turn that to advantage when I walk, as my achy muscles and tight tendons tell me where I need to stretch. Walking stretches both, and it lubricates joints. Giving a reminder of those good things helps with the positive feelings of walking.
times to go walking: when the sun is rising when the moon is rising when you need to think when you need to not think when there is just a little rain when your bff wants to take a walk when your dog wants to take a walk when you want to look at something besides the computer screen when you want to breath some fresh air when you're trying to think of the next line of that poem when you're out of gas when you need to go get a really good espresso