In the brisk, crisp and fogless, windless San Francisco evening. Pure delight. I was so motivated to use these muscles (that are literally sore from lack of use!) that I ascended many hills in the ‘hood. It was delightful to breathe the fresh air and to take everything in: looking off to the gorgeous SF skyline to the east, and to the rolling, home-lit dotted hills on the west.
I was able to venture down many quaint side streets I don’t normally take the time (or effort) to see on my runs, and hope I can claim them as “my” neighborhood (‘cuz they sure are nice).
So, while my feet did tingle (and have a few sharp twinges here and there) as I was nearing the end of the loop going down Castro street, it was worth every block: oxygen and movement on a clear SF evening are such gifts!!
WALK! Albeit a slow shuffle, but a walk! A walk! The crisp air made it the best lunch hour *ever*! I love my ‘hood.
And I’m a little scared at how much I’ve ‘adapted’ to working from home. Will I be able to “re-enter” next week??
eu‧phe‧mism /ˈyufəˌmɪzəm/[yoo-fuh-miz-uhm] – noun
1. the substitution of a mild, indirect, or vague expression for one thought to be offensive, harsh, or blunt.
I like that this definition comes from the UN-abridged dictionary….
Anyway. Today provided a wonderful example of euphemism. It was another follow-up appointment with my doctor, who:
1) Was very positive at the progress of my feet; and
2) Offered this euphemism:
“It’s really surprising, how cautious you are being… given your demographic.”
Some alternative translations:
“You are acting wimpier than any grandmother would.”
“You are a woos.”
“Get over it.”
I spent a moment assessing whether I should feel ashamed or embarassed (hey, I teach aerobics!). I admit I’ve been careful but come on: who wants to mess up surgery like that? It’s your *feet*. So, I chose to put the shame asiide and instead to feel encouraged. I am getting better! There is light at the end of tunnel!
So I opted to walk back as much as I could to the MUNI (ok, i took the bus for 1 block). And I had some nice chuckles along the way. “For your demographic.” Nice.