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Sidewalk Runners

6 Jan

Every time I’m driving around a see someone running down the sidewalk my first thought is, “oh they’re hard-core!”

running on sidewalk 1

But they are not–not hardly.  

First, every REAL runner knows that running on concrete is one of the worst things you could do.  It’s terribly unforgiving on your feet and legs (and back and rest of your body) because it is so hard.  Out of running surfaces, concrete would probably rank LAST.  It would go (in my opinion, which I guess this whole post is, so why specify) it would go:  all-weather track, treadmill, asphalt, beach, dirt, fresh snow, grass (with it’s pot holes it’s a guaranteed flat-tire situation, hard on my ankles), mud, icy conditions = concrete.  Even mud ranks above it, because it’s so bad for you.  Only thing as bad is ice, which is self-explanatory.  Concrete is so hard of a surface that it almost immediately gives me shin-splints.  I know this because our high school’s practice pole-vault runway had concrete under the runway padding, and it was AWFUL on my legs.  I’m not sure of all the running surfaces that are out there, but I know concrete is the WORST.

2nd, running on the sidewalk puts you with traffic.  Safety becomes an issue, because you make yourself a pedestrian.  And what about the other pedestrians walking or waiting on the sidewalk?  People on actual trails are notoriously bad at sharing it (especially here in Utah) so you’d have to awkwardly squeeze past.  You have to wait at intersections, which means you frequently stop running.  It’s loud.  And it wouldn’t be super-safe to be up in the street with ear buds in, and who wants to run even a short distance without their tunes?  There’s smog.  People are looking at you–nobody actually running looks cute doing it.  REAL runners would have a favorite spot.  Trail, gym, loop at the park, whatever–road would be last.  Like, put some effort into your new habit and find a good spot to run.  I’m in a brand new state, and already I know at least 2 different places that are good to run, and a third that’s better to hike, but I could run there in a pinch.

2 of my pet-peeves: running on concrete AND spandex

2 of my pet-peeves: running on concrete AND spandex

So in my head, I’ve decided that sidewalk runners are the very newest of new-bees to running.  What are they trying to do?  Show off?  All they’re doing is a mediocre run where everyone can SEE them-lame.  Sidewalk runners, consider yourselves my newest pet-peeve.





Is It Friendly?

13 Aug

This stupid question is a pet peeve of mine.  

As an animal worker, I quickly learned that owners cannot be trusted to deliver accurate



information on their pet’s temperament.  More than once, I or my co-workers have had to get the gloves (or worse got injured) by a “gentle” pet.  On the other hand, almost 85% of cats being called “fractious” by owners let me take their rectal temperature independently.  It’s not the owner’s fault.  Really, asking ANYONE this question about any animal is not appropriate.

defensive or hungry (depending on noises)

defensive or hungry (depending on noises)

Any breed/species, any size, any average attitude, in any situation is liable to act out of character.  You can’t say with confidence that an animal is nice/mean/whatever, because it’s mood and behavior is always changing based on the environment and the circumstances.  This is why people that have bonded with their wild animals should still take safety precautions.  And why people’s tigers maul them and their monkeys bite their face off when they don’t.  This is why your kitty who is sweet and cuddly at home turns all teeth and claws at the vet.  Any animal has the potential to defend itself or aggress.

Today, Cool and I had to transport another abandoned kitten to the shelter.  This is



unacceptable and I hate the type of person that does this!  But that’s a subject in another post.  Anyway, our landlord’s kids had crated the kitten, but that had been hours prior and in our relatively quiet courtyard.  When the shelter-worker went to transfer the kitten from the landlord’s crate to their cage, he asked, “Is it friendly?”  I thought–are you kidding with this?  Do you ask everyone this?  How many times has this heeding the answer to this question backfired?  Additionally, I thought–wow, not the smartest to let people help you load animals (for liability), and do you really think it’s a

impatient--leave me alone

impatient–leave me alone

good idea to do this in the lobby (with other animals present and people coming in and out the door to the busy street)?

I told him I didn’t know.  Which I didn’t because I never handled her.  And because I wasn’t sure how stressed she might be from the crate/ride/noisy lobby/touching by strangers/etc. .  So he asked me again, “Is she friendly?”  This time with an edge to his voice.  I again responded I didn’t know.

If you can’t ascertain an animal’s temperament by looking at it’s body language, listening to it, feeling the tenseness of the body–you’re in trouble in animal-related fields.  If you can’t handle yourself appropriately and restrain as the current situation calls for–you shouldn’t be handling animals.  Especially in an open lobby with



the client’s assistance.  By the way, I could have easily done this by myself, but hung back because I realize they have liabilities and respect they want to do their job.

This reminded me 1)  what a pet-peeve that question is and how many people have run into trouble by listening to inaccurate answers 2) I could NEVER, NEVER, NEVER work in shelter medicine.  The people that come in are trashy, hateful, and/or irresponsible.  The workers are incompetent, burned-out, overworked, and jaded.  It’s busy and understaffed.  You would come face-to-face with the reality of the animal overpopulation problem.  Constantly.  It would simultaneously make me



belligerent and break my heart.

So Sir, you get a pass for terrible, inept customer service because of all the things you put up with at your job on a daily basis.  But I suggest you stop asking people what an animal’s temperament is and pay attention to the actual animal–they’ll tell you the truth.