Monday, April 18, 2005

I live in Nerdland

So I was getting gas this morning and there was a little note posted by the management essentially asking people not to pay for their gas in change because it took too long to count. As I glanced at the note, I noticed that someone had written on it. Now, in any normal town, you would expect to maybe see a phone number or perhaps a " ______ was here" or perhaps a lewd picture or limerick.... right? Well, as I looked a little more closely, I noticed that our petty vandal had done none of these things. Intead, this person had corrected the grammar on the note! I live in nerdland.

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Best compliment in a long time...

Okay, I'm just going to say upfront that this probably won't mean anything to 90% of the people out there, but I got the best compliment I've received in a long time on Thursday...

I was out on my usual Thursday afternoon run through Duke Forest and I came upon two Kenyans running on the trail ahead of me (there is a fairly sizeable contingent of Kenyans who train in the area - I can't figure out why they chose here, but they did). They were obviously warming up because I was gaining on them as I made my way around the trail and as I passed them, I smiled at one and continued running. I should also note here that the Kenyans very rarely speak to anyone else on the trail and, as I learned on Thursday, don't even chat with each other much while running. I don't think they're unfriendly or anything, I kind of figure it's got to be a combination of being focused on their training and just being quiet by nature because they are always very trail courteous. ANYWAY, about halfway around the 3-ish mile loop, they apparently finished their warmup and started picking up the pace. I could hear them coming up behind me, so I moved over to the edge of the trail to give them room to pass and as they did, one of them turned to me and said, "looking good." Now coming from many other places, I would assume it was some obnoxious commentary on what I was wearing or how I looked, but given that a) I was nasty and sweaty from running, and b) these were KENYANS, I can only assume he was commenting on my run. I GOT A COMPLIMENT FROM A KENYAN ON MY RUNNING!!!!!!!!!!!

Like I said - it won't mean much to most of you :-P