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Archive date:  October 6, 2016

Getting Older

Thank you for voting us ‘Best of Nashville’ for the 13th time!

At some point in life we all become more cognizant of the effects of aging.  Just after that realization, many people, like me, attempt to retard that inevitable process. I have enjoyed running for many years, up until about 18 months ago; my knees were getting sore.  I finally gave up running for other exercise, but have never found biking or elliptical machines to be as productive or satisfying.

A few weeks back I began to slowly work my way back into running.  I have been running a relatively short 1.3-mile distance, while slowly increasing the frequency.  Feeling quite well this morning, I decided to increase the distance a bit; 2.25 miles seemed easily attainable. I’m making progress! 

I am usually out on the road before daylight.  I know it is dangerous.  I take extreme measures to insure my visibility.  I wear a Sugoi jacket/vest that reflects so much light it appears to run on batteries.  I also wear a flashing LED armband.  I also watch the traffic carefully and cross traffic in marked ‘Cross-Walk’ areas. 

This morning I came to the crosswalk I have crossed many hundreds of times.  Traffic stopped.  I gave my customary wave to the motionless vehicles as I proceeded across the marked crosswalk.  After passing the first vehicle, and approaching the second, the second vehicle suddenly, and unexpectedly, took off.  I tried to stop.  I could not.  Momentum carried me forward and down onto the street, directly into the path of the vehicle. 

My life didn’t flash before my eyes.  It was a feeling of acceptance that ‘this is it”.  The tires of the vehicle stopped directly beside my ribcage.  I got up from under the bumper of the car with bloodied knees and elbows, looked into the car’s tinted windshield, and resumed my run. You may now safely deduce: I am happy to be getting older!

Here’s another cautionary tale: The weather is wonderful, but dry!  Water both new and existing plants…thoroughly. Panolas have been fully re-stocked!


David Bates