Hi friends! And strangers who creepily read my blog without commenting. I have so many things to tell you, but none of them are related, so this is a pretty random blog post. Don’t say you weren’t warned.
Thing #1: My Scary Running Experience
This morning, as I was running, I passed an old couple in motorized wheelchairs. We said good morning, and that was that. Until I headed back. As I turned a corner, I saw the old woman standing up, clearly fighting with something on her wheelchair. I thought, “I’ll be there in a few seconds; if she’s still struggling, I’ll see if I can help.” But then, she fell face-first onto the sidewalk. I said a naughty word and kicked it into a sprint.
When I got to her, she had managed to turn over and was sitting up. The wheelchair had rolled forward, pinning her foot against the curb. I pushed the wheelchair gently off her foot; it had twisted her shoe, but her shoe and sock were both thick, so her foot didn’t seem badly hurt. I asked if she needed me to call someone (with the cell phone that I left at home…), and that’s when I learned she didn’t speak English. Her husband did, though, and insisted that they could make it home. I helped her get back into the wheelchair and put her shoe back on, then asked the man how close they lived. He told me, and I said, “I’m running that way anyway. I’ll follow you.” (I was running that way, but would’ve followed anyway, of course). So I did follow them, and they at least made it home, where I knew he would have access to a phone if she was hurt worse than she seemed.
So that was my scary experience this morning. I’m just glad she was okay! And it reminded me that I should carry my phone. My new iPhone is too big to fit in any of the water bottle pockets that my old phone fit in. I bought an armband for it, but in order for the phone to fit, I’d have to take it out of the Otterbox. And putting it back in the Otterbox is a pain, so I don’t want to do that every day.
So, my fellow iPhoners, how do you carry your phone when you run?
Thing #2: Fun Times at the County Fairs
I mentioned earlier in the week that we would be hopping between two local county fairs to watch our niece and our students. Tuesday, we headed up to Fair #1 and watched the bull riding. Bull riding scares me, even though I’m not the one on the bull. Illogical? Probably. But I don’t like to see people get hurt (see Thing #1). But I like it when the cowboy makes the whole ride.
Wednesday morning, our niece showed her sheep. She did well, and we got in some QT with the family.
After that fair, we headed to our county’s. A couple of weeks ago, we heard that they needed some help serving a dinner at the fair. Since every now and then we like to do something nice, we volunteered. I didn’t take any pictures, because it was basically just us standing behind a table of food, saying “Would you like steak or a hamburger?” several hundred times. I know that’s really exciting stuff and you would have loved a picture, but tough luck.
We got to see a few of our students at the dinner, and saw a bunch of their exhibits and livestock with their awards. Our kids did really well. Good job, kids. (Not sarcastic. Why does everything I write seem sarcastic? Oh, maybe because 90% of the time I am sarcastic. Probably should work on that.)
Thing #3: Proofreading Is Important.
I got my journalism students’ press passes today from the Colorado High School Athletic Association. This was part of the letter that came with them:
I didn’t know that press credentials could be disturbed, and I’m pretty sure my students don’t need to be encouraged to disturb anything. Nice work, CHSAA.
Thing #4: Adios, Summer
Although I’ve been in to work many times this summer, tomorrow is the first day that I have to be there. So, summer is over. Bye, friend. I’ll miss you.
And those are all my things. For now.
Since you’ve probably forgotten this question by now: iPhoners, where do you carry your phone when you run?
What’s the scariest thing you’ve seen while running/walking/cycling/ whateveryoudo?
Do you like bull riding?