Author Topic: The Less Joyous Aspects of Walking  (Read 914 times)

Bigfoot_Mike

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Re: The Less Joyous Aspects of Walking
« Reply #30 on: 19:55:26, 06/09/19 »
Better to be an eternal optimist than an unmitigated pessimist. The pessimist is always depressed about something that is about to go wrong. If he is proved right then it is a disaster and if things turn out well, he is grumpy because he was wrong.  ;D

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Re: The Less Joyous Aspects of Walking
« Reply #31 on: 19:57:17, 06/09/19 »
Better to be an eternal optimist than an unmitigated pessimist. The pessimist is always depressed about something that is about to go wrong. If he is proved right then it is a disaster and if things turn out well, he is grumpy because he was wrong.  ;D
Bahh humbug >:( ......... ;)

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Re: The Less Joyous Aspects of Walking
« Reply #32 on: 20:00:23, 06/09/19 »
On the other hand a bit of pessimism is a good survival tool.  I expect things to go wrong so, as Mrs N will tell you, I always have plans A, B, C and perhaps D plus a "Church Hall if wet" plan if everything goes to worms.  I take stick for it from the family but they have had occasion to be grateful.
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Re: The Less Joyous Aspects of Walking
« Reply #33 on: 20:07:30, 06/09/19 »
I enjoyed the OP's good-humoured 'rant'.  Much of it strikes a chord!  But I prefer cyclists to ring their bell rather than coming past me without warning.  Two irritations I'd add are noisy people and gates that are a struggle to open and shut. This year my thumb got caught in a gate latch and I ended up losing my nail.

But whatever the annoyances I come across, they are far outweighed by the tremendous enjoyment I get from walking.

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Re: The Less Joyous Aspects of Walking
« Reply #34 on: 20:43:24, 06/09/19 »
My trouble is cyclists.  When they come up behind me and ping their bell - I keep thinking I have just had an email on my phone.


I've been doing quite a bit of cycling this year, both on and off road. I got told off by a very irate woman on the Glen Ogle trail, I'd shouted "Hello" but didn't ring my bell. "haven't you got a bell! you're supposed to have one you know".


I've found most dog walkers do actually say "thanks for the bell".


Again on the Glen Ogle trail, I came across a large group of people walking towards me and completely filling the track. I moved to one side but they didn't move over to let me get by, so I stopped. One man was walking along starring at his phone, he actually walked right into me and didn't even see me. He just walked off still starring at his phone, didn't utter a word. 

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Re: The Less Joyous Aspects of Walking
« Reply #35 on: 21:42:02, 06/09/19 »
On the other hand a bit of pessimism is a good survival tool.  I expect things to go wrong so, as Mrs N will tell you, I always have plans A, B, C and perhaps D plus a "Church Hall if wet" plan if everything goes to worms.  I take stick for it from the family but they have had occasion to be grateful.
We optimists have plans A, B and C. That way we know we have a lot to be positive about.

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Re: The Less Joyous Aspects of Walking
« Reply #36 on: 22:20:33, 06/09/19 »
Real optimists expect everything to be fine so they don't need a plan beyond A
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Bigfoot_Mike

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Re: The Less Joyous Aspects of Walking
« Reply #37 on: 23:13:42, 06/09/19 »
Real optimists expect everything to be fine so they don't need a plan beyond A
Those are fantasists, not optimists. True optimists are realists, but understand that we can make a difference. I am optimistic on a hike because I go well prepared, not just because I hope everything will be OK as I wander across the Cairngorm plateau in mid winter wearing my Speedos.



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Re: The Less Joyous Aspects of Walking
« Reply #38 on: 01:50:16, 07/09/19 »
Real walkers just get on with it...
Stop whinging..
A 2 B with little fuss,no how "big" am i...
We all encounter problems on our ways...
Out n about is 100% better than being laid up..
End of the day,a short diversion is better than an incident..
ROW does not mean a safe way..
Dogs,nettles,cows,ploughed fields,all of these things are,in my mind,part of the adventure..
Sure,i dont want to get bitten,2 cases of my trousers being "nipped",not my fault,very wary now..
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Re: The Less Joyous Aspects of Walking
« Reply #39 on: 08:17:34, 07/09/19 »
Reading this thread makes me feel pleased I have a life long condition, that has been life-threatening at times.


It puts all those little niggles away in a box somewhere in your head, so you can enjoy just the simple pleasure of walking this earth  ;)
Walking is the world’s oldest exercise and today’s modern medicine.

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