Thursday, February 12, 2009

Please Wave

Hey, if you see this guy in Prospect Park, especially during a weekday afternoon, please wave ...

(The next comments will make sense if you click through the link, which is to a story in February's Runner's World.)

I'm not a waver, actually. I'm one of those eye-contact people. If I'm approaching someone (and not off in some kind of zone), I'll look at the person to see if I know him or her. If we make eye contact, I'll smile or nod -- then spend the next several minutes trying to figure out if I actually know that person. Waving ... not my style.

There are other approaches, obviously. I'm reminded of a friend of mine in high school who, while on a run, playfully punched a fellow runner (also a friend), as we ran by. That resulted in a fractured finger. Don't recommend that.

3 comments:

ChickenUnderwear said...

It would get lost on the Runners World Blog, but this was my comment to his story..

ringrunner wrote:
How new are you to Brooklyn? This is not Kansas. Do you ride the Subway, do you go to the grocery store. Eye contact is considered a threat. Waving can get you killed. Whatareyou nuts? Forgetaboutit.

Janet said...

Since I have observed ringrunner talking to strangers, I hope he's kidding.

While waving is a waste of energy, I do engage in eyecontact with and smile or nod at runners who are traveling in the opposite direction and don't have their nose in the air. On a couple of occasions, guys have thought I wanted to be closer friends, but I've never had anyone get hostile.

ChickenUnderwear said...

I got nice and added another comment

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ringrunner wrote:
Seriously, in Brooklyn ya gotta join a gang to get a waive back. I recommend the Prospect Park Track Club www.pptc.org. But there are others.
2/19/2009 7:26 AM CST