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September 25, 2008

A lesson in watching the traffic and not the lights:

The city is quiet in the pre-dawn light.  Chloe and I jog side by side toward Mission Dolores Park.  We have started running at 6 am, in order to get our daily exercise in before she has to go to work and I have to not go to work. Anyway, as we are crossing the street, on a walk signal mind you, a hurried driver makes a left-hand turn, apparently with his eyes closed, and comes to within 6 inches of running us down.  He slams on the breaks and covers his face with his hands in horror before speeding off without a word.  Safely on the sidewalk we walk for a few minutes contemplating what might have been the end of our lives, or at least the end of our kneecaps.  “I can’t believe we almost got run over by a Prius,” Chloe remarks. No wonder we didn’t hear it coming. 

On the course of our runs we go up a hill that I have named, “The Hillinator.”  It is a practically vertical incline that goes for several blocks.  Somehow this is my fault, because on the first day of our run I asked, upon coming upon the hill, “Should we go that way?”  “Sure, if you want,” Chloe had answered.  I did not want, and and now we are condemned to ascend the The Hillinator on every run.  By the time I am reaching the top of this mountain my legs are so tight and heavy, that during the last 25 feet I have actually felt a serious urge to shout, “No pain, no gain,” while pumping my fist in the air.

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  1. Kent McMIllan permalink
    September 26, 2008 12:59 am

    “I can’t believe we almost got run over by a Prius,” Chloe remarks.

    It was probably wrong to enjoy that summary of a near miss, but I did. It has a nice balance of the careless driver and his prudent car.

    I do wonder whether intuitives ought to be out and about before the rest of the city has had its coffee, though.

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