The topic of discussion today is about communication. During coffe break, it was mentioned how “clicky” groups of people are....for example: Mustang drivers wave to Mustang drivers, Harley riders acknowledge each other all the time, etc...
I made the comment that most runners acknowledge each other with a wave or a nod but sometimes you do get RUDE runners who either outright ignore you or make an effort to ensure that they do not have to acknowledge you. What gives with that? I always make it a point to say “Hi” or wave....I think we support each other by acknowledging one another....don’t you?
So todays story, Know your Audience:
I used to give blood donations when I was younger. I gave about 6 times but then got tired of passing out ¾ of the time. Not real macho when your trying to be cool, your eyes roll back and you land face first somewhere. But I digress....so this particular donation was in a college gymnasium. I was asked to lie down on the gurney and the nurse came and started the procedure. Once I was all hooked up, away she went to steal someone elses blood. Being the “Chatty Cathy” (no offence to any Cathys out there), I looked at the fellow next to me and tried to strike up a conversation...”It only hurts the first time they stick it in you” I said. The gentleman said exactly nothing to me, kept staring straight up at the ceiling....so I did too. My next comment a couple of minutes later was “Wonder how all those stains got on the ceiling?”. Once again, I was ignored. By now my frustration was setting in about being ignored, I mean really, twice I had initiated the conversation and buddy ignored me!!! What’s up with that?
So I figured 2 could play that game, so I ignored him back. Within 10 minutes or so, I had filled the bag, probably had the blood pressure up so it was pumping in there pretty quick. As I was getting un-hooked, I glanced over at buddy to see that the nurse was talking to him...in sign language.
My 1st instinct was to try and find a hole to crawl into and the the 2nd was to see if anyone had been watching the situation unfold.
So lesson learned, know your audience before making a snap decision. And the original question...do you acknowledge other runners?
Have a great weekend all, nailed about 8 miles last night on my terms....MOST AWESOME.