Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Proceed with Caution




I don't believe I'm an overly cautious person.  I have PoPo to handle that for me.  He's my expert weather advisor, my cautious boat driver, and our resident lifeguard.  {"Don't run around the pool!"  Ah, if I had a nickel...} 

I slalom at 30 mph on a narrow stick of graphite.  I'm guessing I cut across the water at speeds between 40-45.  I don't think that sounds like an overly cautious person, does it?  But I can throw caution to the wind because I know he is up front being careful enough for the both of us, and everyone else on the lake.  That, and I have my trusty life vest on!


He constantly reminds me to be aware of my surroundings.  I don't feel I need reminding, but it makes him feel better to say it.  Just last night at dinner, I was joking around about the huge spider webs in our yard {what is up with that -- is it this time of year?}.  I said that if I went missing, they should check to see if I had been cocooned up by a big spider over in the side yard. 

Of course PoPo put his usual overly cautious spin on it and said if I went missing I'd be in the back of somebody's van.  And yes, I smarted back, "They couldn't stand my smell."  As much as this aggravates me, it is a good reminder that even though I feel I'm cautious by always running in my neighborhood, you never know who is watching.  He also scolded me reminded me about not running the same route at the same time every day. 

So just this morning on my predawn run, I think he would have been proud.  I remembered our conversation and I was more aware than normal.  I didn't do my usual sleeping during the first few miles.  I did proceed with caution!

 
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    1. As long as one person is, that's all you need! It's a great balance.

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  2. I don't know if I would call myself cautious, but yes I guess I play that role, I think I would prefer to just say common sense smart, LOL maybe that makes it sound better LOL.
    Actually running different routs is very smart! Years ago when I started running, I remember a few women who dissappeared or were attacked, and on the news they said, they run the same route every day and they weren't sure why today was any different.
    That was a eye opener, running the same things daily/weekly if some creepo see's you and learns your behavior who knows what could happen. When I am running I have about 6 routes I run, and I alternate them. Although I do remember last fall, I lost one of my favorite routes to some stupid drug dealers who noticed me out too much, and I had a little run in with them, so I had to drop that route for a while, I did start back up this summer because I figured if your a drug dealer 6 months later you are probably in jail or dead or somewhere else, so I figured my chances were better than theirs, I was right, they were gone:) Okay, sorry for the mini story, LOL

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    1. It's all about paying attention. Yes, common sense. I do think it's a good idea to mix up your routes and times although logistically a little difficult for me to do. There are other people out usually by daybreak in my neighborhood so I'm not alone for my entire run. I try to pay attention to the parked cars too. It's always the same ones.

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  3. I'm pretty cautious, but sometimes I feel like I need to be more cautious in situations where I feel too comfortable. If that makes sense. It's like I let my guard down and forget that I still need to be aware...this includes on my neighborhood runs.

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    1. I think we can get too comfortable. I've been guilty of that. I have all the cars memorized that usually pass me because there is so little traffic in my neighborhood that early in the morning.

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  4. My husband is for sure the cautious one at our house. I used to blame it on the fact that I was a nurse and been there, done that, seen it all...but I think it's just because I like to live!

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    1. But that makes a great balance! Let him handle that.

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  5. I am more cautious on some things than my husband, like making sure bills get paid on time, I wish he was a little more cautious about that! lol

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    1. Gosh, what did we do before automatic bill pay? Set it up and forget about it -- that's my plan.

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  6. I feel cautious, but i do run around in the dark. I don't alter my route much. I have thought maybe I should take the strava feed off my blog, you never know right...
    Twice in my younger days I have been robbed, once a retail store where I worked and once hands on in a parking lot. Due to those experiences I am always noticing if someone comes to close to me or seems to be too near me in store...I guess it made me more sensitive.

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    1. Mmm...you might want to think about that Strava feed. That would unsettle me. I see it on a lot of blogs though. It's all about being aware. That doesn't mean we are overly cautious, just smart. The dark part doesn't bother me, if someone's going to snatch you they will do it in broad daylight.

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  7. I think the Caveman and I are pretty even when it comes to caution. Although he's a much less cautious driver than I. And has the tickets to prove it.

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    1. Well, I didn't get into the driving topic. That is where PoPo throws his caution to the wind! The need for speed rules.

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  8. Although I am cautious, my husband is way more cautious than I am. I guess it's a man thing?

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    1. Maybe it's their need to feel like they are protecting us? Like someone else pointed out, at least they care.

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  9. ok, I think PoPo and my hubby are related, geez we have the same conversations. It has to be a guy thing or mine is an old guy thing (hehe) but at least I know he is paying attention :)

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    1. They are doing their best to protect us MB. That's what I tell myself anyway. It's a good balance,, right?

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  10. I'm not cautious and my hubby is even less cautious.

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    1. You are the first person who has said neither one of you are cautious. Just an observation. I bet you have all the fun!

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  11. I'm definitely the cautious one in my family, probably a little too much, but I've always been this way!

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    1. That's perfectly OK. I'm guessing not being cautious would be stressful. We should do what we are comfortable with.

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  12. I am cautious about some things, less about others. I think statistics show most accidents happen close to home - probably because we're in our routine and not fully paying attention. So it certainly helps to raise the awareness on some of our usual activities!

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    1. Very good point. I think when we are in unfamiliar locations or in unknown situations, we are naturally more cautious. I'm guilty of letting my guard down around the neighborhood.

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  13. I think I am cautious to a point. But I think it's more of being responsible and want to make the right decisions(that is in life) As far as running. I wouldn't say I'm that cautious. I used to run in unfamiliar places all the time w no cell phone. I know not the smartest.

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    1. You are correct, it's more about being smart and responsible. I really don't like running with my cell. It's heavy.

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  14. It is a good idea to mix up your running schedule. And don't ever approach a car "asking for directions." I'd rather be rude than abducted.

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    1. Yes, stay away from all cars! I've also been known to take out my phone and pretend to make a call while looking at the tag.

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  15. Due to my advanced age, I am definitely a cautious one. You are axing going that fast on the water ski. Yikes!

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    1. I think I can do that because I've got a good support system (being cautious for me) and good equipment helps too. I try to be smart about my running, but I wouldn't call it cautious.

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  16. I am definitely the cautious one in my family. I don't like speed, risk taking is always thought through, and I am always very aware of my sourroundings.

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    1. I actually like speed as long as I feel I am in control. I would have to say I'm cautious about certain things -- locking doors is a big one for me.

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  17. Kind of depends on the topic. Sometimes my husband is the super paranoid cautious one, he tends to follow old wives tales and I am like oh hell no. Like the feed a cold starve a fever. Either way your body needs nutrients! and you cannot catch the flu from being outside in the cold. But then I go running out in the hills with the rattlesnakes and bears. Eh, pick your battles!

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    1. Exactly, pick your battles. Your husband is probably just wanting to protect you and your kids anyway. Some of those old wives tales make no sense whatsoever!

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  18. I think my husband is more cautious than I am, and I'm pretty sure he thinks I'm a disaster waiting to happen!

    Thanks for linking up!

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    1. I think that makes for a good balance though. Mine loves to give me reminders about being safe.

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  19. I also feel like I'm not an overly cautious person, but I do pay attention to safety when running (especially running solo). I pay attention to my surroundings, make sure I don't have a predictable routine, tell someone where I'm going and when I expect to be back, etc.

    I think I annoy my husband with asking him to be cautious. Anytime he's doing anything (like working with a power tool or going up on the roof) I can't help but let the words "be careful!" slip out of my mouth. I know he's going to be, but I still can't help but say it. He often replies "oh, well I was going to cut my leg off with the chainsaw, but now that you told me to be careful I won't do that." Ha-ha.

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    1. My MIL always says "Watch for Deer" when we leave their house to travel home. She once told me she can't NOT say it because what she really means is 'I Love You". We say things like that to our loved ones because we care, not because they are ignorantly carefree.

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