Can’t you just picture this bench in the middle of spring or summer? With the warm sun and gentle, refreshing breeze?
Instead, today, we had gusts of wind and negative temperatures.
It was back to sidewalks and streets today as we tried, again, to find our walking groove. This was the first time we’ve been out lunchtime walking since this past weekend’s ice storms. We quickly learned to try to avoid the pretty, shiny parts of the sidewalks after both of us had a few close calls with cement.
At one point, I think we were at Beltrami Avenue and Third Street, we both stepped on ice at the same time and had an "oh no" moment.
Me: "Hey, look at us. We simultaneously slipped and slid all over the place."
Our one victory was that neither of us actually fell.
Which brought up a somewhat interesting question, from Laurie: Have we ever fallen while walking?
At first, it seemed, no. We didn’t think so. But something is still nagging me about Irvine Avenue and winter last year, so I’m pretty sure I must have fallen along there sometime last year. And, we know, Laurie once fell on the trail this past summer. So did Jada. But she wasn’t wearing shoes, so we excused her for that one. And, well, for her being a kid. Us adults should be able to stay upright.
We also saw this guy, who was out shoveling his sidewalks, and for that, he is one of our most favorite Bemidjians today. (There are still quite a few un-shoveled sidewalks throughout our walk and it’s a source of frequent grumbling.)
This is a bit off-topic, and we didn’t take any pictures (thank goodness), but I thought I should at least acknowledge that we did attend our first class through Bemidji’s Passport to Fitness program last night. It was Zumba, a dance class.
It was very nice to be back in a group fitness class again — I used to do all sorts of kickboxing programs in the Cities — but I have to admit that Zumba is not really a great fit for me. Too much choreography. I can handle the steps and the arms, but the spinning and whirling this way and that was just too much for this first-timer.
Laurie, on the other hand, loved it.
I am liking the Passport program, though. I like the idea of having a mix of classes. Our only complaint is that a bulk of the classes are on Monday nights, when we both work. I can’t really get out of city council meetings and Laurie really needs to be here to layout our newspaper pages.
But, hey, if that’s our only complaint, then it must be a good program!
Onto the fun stuff!
Today’s Puzzler is …
And here’s a hint: It is part of a slogan.
Have a great evening!