45 Days After Lockdown and Feeling a Bit Guilty

Yes, it’s another unboxing blog. I’m feeling guilty because perhaps I shouldn’t be having so much fun while on lockdown when others aren’t so lucky.

Every day starts out with a 5 mile walk on the portion of “The Loop” that is close to my house. It’s starting to get warmer now. Eighty-four degrees this morning when I started. I’m sure it was a bit warmer when I got home. I don’t think I could do it without my headphones and a healthy backlog of podcasts. Most people out on the loop are there to get exercise same as me. I usually wave with my palm open and my 2nd and 3rd fingers spread a bit like Mr. Spock in Star Trek. I say, “good morning” and most respond back. A couple of days back I decided to mix it up a bit and said, “Nanu nanu.” The responses were varied. Some knew the reference and smiled a bit broader. Some just waved. Some looked puzzled. Just like most days, there were the few dedicated, serious peddlers that rode past with that scowl that says, “Don’t bother me I’m doing something really important here!” I get that I guess. People are different. I personally enjoy a “howdy do” during these times of isolation but I understand how others may not. What I don’t understand are the bikers that come from behind and pass at break-neck speed as close possible. There have been times when I step off the trail to let large groups go by. I’m a bit reluctant to do that now because we have some non-human company sharing the path these days.

Normally, these guys don’t bother me much, but “The Loop” is rather busy, and they appear to be rather nervous and noisy. They’re easy to spot on the paved path, but their camouflage is very well matched to the desert on each side. They disappear. On the positive side, I think I get more out of my exercise when I hear the rattle. I’m sure my heart rate goes up a bit. Lately, I’ve seeing two or three every day.

I like to take a few of those plastic grocery bags with me when I walk. They don’t weigh much and don’t take up much space, but they’re handy for collecting the trash along the way. I prefer the path to be clean and it doesn’t hurt to take a few minutes to pick up things along the way that shouldn’t be there. There are three trash barrels along the section that I use. Sometimes, I find things that I want to take home. Some items find their way into reuse projects. Pictured is a shelf completely covered with reuse projects. I have to say that this shelf is not universally appreciated but I still get away with it. Just today I picked up the little green bottle sitting between Rosie and R2D2. It came in handy when I needed a small light weight object to move with my new robotic arm.

By the way, I should end this here. I’ve reached 500 words and came full circle. The box of parts in the beginning is now a working robotic arm capable of holding something that I found on my walk. Nanu nanu!

About AZAtheist

Retired--Researcher, Developer, Program Manager, Arizona Regional Director--American Atheists, Organizer--Tucson Atheists, Organizer--Skeptics of Tucson
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1 Response to 45 Days After Lockdown and Feeling a Bit Guilty

  1. Mark Hamilton says:

    Nanu Nanu! Keep picking up junk, you never know:)

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