Or otherwise titled: Things I Typically Try to Avoid on a Daily Basis.
But alas, today would not be that day.
I went back to the pool today, six weeks post surgery.
Let’s just say those six weeks off did not do a body good.
The first 200 were like swimming through concrete, the second 200 were about as close to drowning as I have come, and the next 400 were simply a battle with my mind.
When I hit 800, I decided that I would just round it out at 1000, and call it a day. I rationalized that, just like when I returned to running, it all starts small.
But just to prove I haven’t lost my competitive edge, I was doing my flip turn at the end of the pool, and noticed the woman next to me also doing hers. I saw out of the corner of my eye that she had good form, so I thought I would race her (in my head). I pulled ahead fairly easily, and was giving myself an d underwater pat on my back when I noticed something.
She was, like, 86.
As in, years old.
And wearing flippers.
So it was a hallow victory.
Remember my sister’s neighbor – the dogfighter?
Yeah, so I ran into him today. His name, I believe, is Dante.
I see him almost everyday, because given his other line of work, he often hangs out outside waiting for his, ahem, customers.
The typical exchange is usually a couple of “Hi’s” a wave, and a “have a good day.”
The way I see it, it is always good to be personable to the criminal element, especially if you frequent the neighborhood. See, that way, if I ever got jumped, or my car got damaged, I know I would have at least one person who might step up for me.
I imagine the exchange to go something like this:
Cop: Did you see anything?
Dante: With who?
Cop: Young woman, 31 years old….
Dante: Oh, that nice girl whose always walking around in gym shoes and carrying a laundry basket? Drives that tore-up little car? Looks like she doesn’t really brush her hair?
Cop: That would be her.
Dante: Oh yeah, she a nice lady. Always says hi, nice smile. Got mugged, you say?
Cop: That’s what I said. What do you know about it.?
Dante: Well, she seems like a nice lady, so I guess I can tell you that it was my brother. Yeah, my brother did it. He lives right here, in this building behind me. He did it, yup.
Cop: You just gave up your own brother?
Dante: Well, like I say, she a nice lady – always says “Hi.” I dig that.
See- Mugger caught, I win.
So today, I saw Dante, we had our friendly words, and I SOOOO wanted to ask him about his recent legal “struggles.” But how do you do that? What is the etiquette for addressing one’s criminal activity? Like, do you ask about it and validate their street cred, or do you ignore it, make nice, and go about your day?
I picked the middle ground.
Me: Hey, where’s your dog? She’s usually always with you.
Dante: (Smiles politely) Have a nice day, Miss.
I’m so getting mugged.