I have heard a great deal about pickleball lately. It sounds like something I would enjoy and that would provide fun exercise. A former colleague of mine teaches it locally, and said I should drop by—9am to noon on Saturdays. I laughed; I may be up by 11 but I am not out. So I need to find another time/alternative.
In the meantime, with the warmer weather of spring, I have been walking any chance I get. There’s a walking path nearby, and I can go quite a distance if I can safely get to it; some of the sidewalks are still brick, none of them are at the same height or angle, and sometimes they have shocks of grass growing between them; one must tread carefully.
The path also provides entertainment. I’m not much of a gambler, but I like to bet with myself who will say hello. I mean, we’re on the path for exercise, a common activity, right? So it’s interesting that some people won’t even make eye contact. Some will, and even nod, or smile, or even mouth a hello. And very occasionally, wonder of wonders, they even vocalize a greeting. I of course adjust my greeting in response to theirs; I mean, I wouldn’t want to bellow a hearty “hello!” to a person who’s going to give me a sidelong glance and barely part their lips in a semblance of a “hi.” Or “hehh,” which looks like it’s spoken by a ventriloquist dummy sitting on a shelf in a 5.0 earthquake.
So there’s physical and mental exercise, with a high degree of improv. Walking is good exercise for the mind and body!
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