Friday, March 27, 2009

HITCH-HIKERS GUIDE

I’ve been walking to work lately instead of riding the bike….this is how it goes:

As I lock my front door I think “its only two and a half miles, all it takes is about 45 minutes”
After I get about 100 feet away I think ‘There’s the crazy neighbor lady’s car…I wonder do she might like to take me in?”
Half a mile later I think ’Man, this is going to be good for you. I’ll bet I’ve already lost a pound!”
At the one mile mark I’m wondering who could I call to come get me.
At the one and a quarter mile I determine I am not as spry as I used to be and neither are my legs.
At the one and a half mile mark I’m thinking maybe the Ex Mrs. Bulletholes might come get me.
At the two mile mark I resist the urge to put out my thumb.

Which reminds me of the guy that used to hitch-hike all over this area between 1971 and 1989. Sometimes you’d see him in the morning one place and later that day he’d be all the way across town. He carried a briefcase. I’ll bet that over the period of 18 years this guy got rides from everybody in Fort Worth at some point. I picked him up once in 1975. Besides the longevity of this guys hitch-hiking run there was something else that made him stand out. As he walked along with his thumb out, he did not walk in the direction of the traffic….he walked into the traffic, confident that a ride would come.
He was famous.

So just past the two mile mark I can see my office, and I am glad that no one has run over me. Right now, with morning temps in the 60’s its really a pleasant walk.

In June, when the temps run 85-90 in the morning…well…lets just see how this goes.

3 comments:

Waiter Extraordinaire said...

Keep it up Bulletholes! As for me I am just waiting for soccer season to start running around with the boys again.

petra michelle; Whose role is it anyway? said...

Good for you, Steve! Great for the body, mind, and soul! Enjoyed your stream of consciousness along the way. Wouldn't it have been ironic if the guy with the briefcase drove by offering a ride?!

Barbara said...

So let's see... how many pounds have you lost with all this walking?

That belly is going to have to fight to stay on.