Saturday, March 10, 2012
Last night I went swimming again at the Waterloo Swimplex. The pool was closed for an emergency cleaning when I got there, so the guy at the counter referred me upstairs to the open indoor track, free to the public, to use while I waited. The wind outside was biting and cold, and it was nice to be indoors where the temperature was steady. There was even hockey practice going on in the rink below, so I had something to watch while I walked around and around and around the 200 m track. It was nice, but even with the novelty of watching young hockey players practice their slap shots and seeing the ice resurfacing working (I wanna do that!), it was boring as boring can be. The track didn't go anywhere, it was perfectly level, and the view was nearly identical from one lap to the next.
Today, I went for a nice long walk in my neighbourhood. The wind was blowing, yes, but the sun was out, and it was a relatively nice day. I saw a limosine, a nice sleek grey one, and it followed me (briefly) until I started up a side street. I got a cheerful 'Hello'! from a little boy out for a walk with his parents. I had dogs bark greetings at me from their yards. I exchanged bonjours with a man out walking his dog. I saw sparrows collecting stuff for their nests. I saw a woman out with her two little girls, one on a scooter and one on a tiny little tricycle. On some parts of the walk, the wind was behind me, pushing me along to go faster. On other parts, it was blowing directly in my face, providing some resistance to push through. The sun sparkled off the ice formed in corners and dips in the sidewalk, and my route took me up hills and down, on sidewalk and gravel and dirt paths, on straight paths and curving ones, and past houses, then a park, then retail businesses, then professional buildings, then back among the houses.
Sure, it was a bit cold. But the walking soon warmed me up. And it was ten times more interesting than the walk last night.