Tirelesstraveler Is In Shock!
Why Do People Run On Cold December Days?
Tirelesstraveler's running group just finished running 4 miles. It was cold and dark. Forty-one degrees when they got back and the temperature was dropping. They all knew it was cold, but athletes are a competitive bunch, they are preparing for a marathon in March. TT is running, on team Specht, in The Arthritis Foundation's Jingle Bell run in Pacific Grove, California, on December 14. Running in the cold is good training for a cold run. Duh! Last year it was around freezing at the start of the Jingle Bell walk/run. It was such a festive atmosphere nobody noticed the cold. No, that's not true. It was stinking cold and the amazing beauty of the Pacific Ocean got everyone through the time leading up to the start. Mr. B was the only one sensibly dressed and even he was chilly until we stated taking off our warm up gear and piling it on him.
Runners are a sturdy lot, they need a hat, gloves, tights, a couple of layers and they are good to go. Warm-up slowly and they will be fine.
The main discussions this evening ranged from topics such as, where are the Christmas lights? How are Richard and Oscar going to stay warm sailing, on Saturday and what are we going to eat when we get back? Talking about the difficulties of staying warm while, wearing running clothes is like talking about food when you are hungry. If you are cold you talking about staying warm. At one point Tireless actually considered taking a layer off. Thought better of it; the temperature was still dropping. Surely just thinking about taking a jacket off can't send a body into shock
There were not too many Christmas lights, which was disappointing. The purpose of running through neighborhoods instead of the track was to look at the lights. Good conversation, excellent exercise made up for the disappointment. The shock hit Tirelesstraveler later; which was very strange
Treatment For Shock
Tireless appeared to be perfectly fine when she sat down at the computer after the run. She had consumed plenty of warm liquids. We thought she was toasty, wrapped in warm clothing when suddenly she went pale and began to sweat profusely. She had all the symptoms of shock.
What was the cause of this shock. There was no physical trauma, This was a shock to the writers core. Her fingers which normally run wild over the key board were frozen.
I had to read her computer screen to figure out what caused the shock.
How Do You Spell...
The Only Thing I Can Find
The only thing I can find that could have caused Tireless to go into shock is, notification of a new accolade. She answered 300 questions on Hub Pages.
That sounds like a lot of questions. I have known Tireless since she was a girl and this is absolutely out of character. This gal neither asked nor answered that many questions in public during the 16 years she was in school.
I pondered how long it took her to answer 300 questions. Wandering around her account I noticed she has been at Hub Pages for 33 months. I estimate about 9 answers a month. There that puts it into perspective. Well maybe not. Why did she answer those questions? What changed from the days she was in school until now?
Let me think.
Could it have been the wild frenzy to prove to her husband and children that time writing wasn't pointless. That writing could one day lead to some sort of income, Perhaps she began answering questions for writing practice? Was it because she liked meeting other writers? My understanding is networking and helping other writers get the word out is what Hub Pages is all about.
Perhaps some of those authors would follow her. I would think having nice people encouraging you would cause you to exceed to new heights. She is always talking about the interesting, helpful people she meets on HubPages. Knowing someone is reading your writing spurs you to write more. All writers need an audience and Tireless really likes hearing from her people.
Tireless has limitless information stored in her brain. Perhaps answering questions allowed her to share that information. A fixer by personality, sharing would be something Tireless would do to help others. She is always trying to give others tools for fixing their dilemmas.
What on earth did Tireless have to do to answer 300 questions?
I have watched as she spent hours at the computer. It seems she just started, then kept on answering. Slow and steady does it. Each day when Tireless begins her day she checks her Hub Pages notifications. I have heard her mutter as she reads about who has written what. Then she checks the comments, and answer any questions she has answers for. Satisfying some desire to fix people can't be the only reason she answers questions,but what could it be.
I did overhear Tireless and Truly Beloved talking about the the difference between the Scientific Method and the Engineering method. Truly went into detail about the engineering method. He has been an engineer a long time. Tireless went into detail about the scientific method, long ago she did study science extensively. They decided the question was very important in both methodologies.
The Question is the basis for the scientific method. The Answer is the main reason for the engineering method. Or is it the other way around, I get so confused listening to them some times. Now if you wanted to talk about language translation and cultural anthropology that would be more my expertise.
I think Tireless would say,"If you have a question, chances are, someone else is probably looking for the answer too. Tireless loves to travel almost as much as I do and answering questions helps her lead others to new and exciting places. Answering questions requires thought and that is something tireless is always trying to provoke in me..
Could it be answering questions honestly gives questioners new insight? Tireless is always looking for new and thought provoking information. Sometimes her new ideas drive me crazy. Yes, that must be it. Being active in questions must have led Tirelesstraveler to authors who enrich her life. That is certainly a Tireless idea.
Thought Provoking Questions, Even Some Good Questions
Could it be that answering questions is a hold over from her teaching days. I remember being in her classroom and seeing the question of the day written on the chalkboard.
"Why did you have a question of the day", I asked her once? It is an excellent writing activity. The kids come into class, read the question then write an answer in their writing book. At the end of the year they have written more than it you ask them to write a paper. This was a serious exercise, she checked for grammar and spelling, but didn't let them write a second more than five minutes. It was a clever game to promote quick thinking and writing without pain. Yes, that must be why she answers questions to get faster at thinking and writing.
Tireless is coming around. Her coloring is returning to normal . Just took her temperature and she has warmed up. "Can you talk"? She shook her head, "Yes".
"Would you like to say something to your friends?"
She says," Love you all".
Excuse me while I tuck her into bed. She will be in much better form in the morning.
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