June 23rd, 2002

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On Walking - George W. Bush

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Some folks look at me and see a certain swagger, which in Texas is called walking.
                                                                                                                    ~ George W. Bush
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On Walking - Jean Cocteau

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Since the day of my birth, my death began its walk.  It is walking toward me, without hurrying.
                                                                                                                                ~ Jean Cocteau
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On Walking - Paula Cole

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Walking is magic.  Can't recommend it highly enough.  I read that Plato and Aristotle did much of their brilliant thinking together while ambulating.  The movement, the meditation, the health of the blood pumping, and the rhythm of footsteps...this is a primal way to connect with one's deeper self.
                                                                                                                  ~ Paula Cole                            
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On Walking - Carl Honore

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Your best ideas, those eureka moments that turn the world upside down, seldom come when you're juggling emails, rushing to meet the 5 P.M. deadline or straining to make your voice heard in a high-stress meeting.  They come when you're walking the dog, soaking in the bath or swinging in a hammock.
                                                                                                                          ~ Carl Honore
                 
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On Walking - Stephanie Klein

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The times in my life when I've been my thinnest, I've been a walking psycho wreck.  Forget the fact that I was basically starving myself; skinny was usually due to some kind of loss.  Death.  Rejection.  Divorce.
                                                                                                        ~ Stephanie Klein
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On Walking - Harper Lee

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Well, they're Southern people, and if they know you are working at home, they think nothing of walking right in for coffee.  But they wouldn't dream of interrupting you at golf.
                                                                                  ~ Harper Lee
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On Walking - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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When I am traveling in a carriage, or walking after a good meal, or during the night when I cannot sleep; it is on such occasions that ideas flow best and most abundantly.
                                                                          ~ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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On Walking - Barack Obama

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If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress.
                                                                                                                                                  ~ Barack Obama
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On Walking - Austin O'Malley

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When walking through the valley of shadows, remember, a shadow is cast by a Light.
                                                                                                                          ~ Austin O'Malley      
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On Walking - Rumi

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Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it.
                                                                                                                          ~ Rumi
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On Walking - Margaret Thatcher

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If my critics saw me walking over the Thames they would say it was because I couldn't swim.
                                                                                                                                    ~ Margaret Thatcher
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On Walking in the Heat

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Before You Walk in Hot Weather

When the heat is on, you need to prepare yourself properly for walking. Arm yourself with the right clothing, gear, fluids and knowledge of heat sickness symptoms.

Breathable and Sweat Wicking Tops

A few years ago, cotton was the miracle cloth that breathed. Today, modern microfibers such as Cool-Max not only breathe but also wick sweat away from the skin and allow it to evaporate rapidly, providing even more cooling. Your shirts and sports bras should be made of these modern wicking fabrics for maximum coolness.

Shorts

If your thighs are prone to chafing, choose the bike-style shorts. You may want to layer them under looser shorts. Shorts should also be made of wicking, breathable fabrics. If you use lots of arm motion, avoid shorts with side pockets on which you may jam your thumbs. Running shorts often have a built-in panty so you don't need additional underwear.

Hats and Neck Coolers

Never go out into the sun without a hat. Look for hats made of Cool-Max and with vents or mesh to allow your head to breathe. For long walks, consider a hat with a neck drape to keep your neck from burning. Also look for neck coolers such as the Cobber or Cool Ties. You soak them in cold water, put them around your neck and they cool for hours.

Hot Weather Walking

Chafing and Blisters and Sunscreen

Heat plus sweat equals chafed skin at your underarms, chest, crotch and thighs. This can be prevented by using an anti-chafing product before you walk. Blisters are easier to get when it is hot. Prepare your feet before you walk. And, of course - always wear sunscreen of SPF 15 or greater.

Water AND Sports Drink An hour before your walk, drink a large glass of water. While walking drink a cup of water every mile. On long walks, after an hour switch to a sports drink that contains salts (electrolytes) to maintain your salt balance. If you drink only water while exercising and sweating you may end up in the hospital from depleting your body salt.

Know the Signs of Heat Illness

Your walk is not worth an ambulance ride to the hospital. Heat stroke is a true medical emergency - when your temperature and salt balance is off, it destroys your kidneys and other internal organs rapidly. Stop and cool down at the first signs of heat sickness.

• Top Signs of Heat Sickness and Hyponatremia


Drink or Else!

Dangers for Distance Walkers

Keeping enough fluids and salts in your body during a long distance event such as a marathon, a 20-miler, or a half-marathon is crucial to finishing feeling good, as well as avoiding an IV and a trip to the emergency room.

Dehydration

The basic rule of thumb is to start a walk having had 16 oz. of water, then replenishing with a cup of water every 15-20 minutes. End your walk with a big glass of water. That will prevent dehydration - losing too much fluid from your body. Symptoms such as feeling thirsty happen only after you have lost too much water already. Don't wait until you feel thirsty - keep drinking. Signs of dehydration: Dry mouth, fatigue, dizziness, stomach ache, back pain, headache, irritability, decreased urination.

Hyponatremia (loss of sodium)

Sweating removes both water and salts - electrolytes - from your body as you walk. Depending on the humidity, you may not notice how much you are sweating. For walks of over an hour, replenishing your electrolytes with sports drink is also important to prevent hyponatremia. It is recommended to drink 1 bottle of sports drink for every 2 bottles of water. Or drink a mixture throughout your walk. Signs of hyponatremia: nausea, headache, cramps, confusion, slurred speech, bloating and swollen hands.

Carrying It

How do you carry along sports drink on a long training walk where you won't have any support? Assuming you have a source of water, buy the powdered sports drink mix and mix it with your water. It adds little weight and could keep you out of the emergency room.

Deadly Quotes

Anne Thimm heard plenty of excuses for not drinking enough water and sports drink at the Avon Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk last year. At 20 miles a day for three days in hot weather, those excuses could put you in the hospital. Read these deadly quotes:

Drink or Else!

Quotes that Could Put You in the Hospital

by Anne Thimm

Hyponatremia, loss of sodium through sweating or from over-hydrating, was a huge problem on last year's DC Avon Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk. The following are some scary quotes that I have heard/read from people. These are mindsets that you should avoid on any long walk - marathon, half marathon, or 20-miler such as at the Avon Walk.

1. "I hate sports drinks! I won't drink them." If you don't drink them, you could easily become a victim of hyponatremia. While salty snacks are good, they are not a total substitute for the electrolytes in sports drinks. Mix sports drinks with water to whatever concentration you desire (most can tolerate half and half).

2. "I walked the entire event last year and didn't drink any sports drinks." You were lucky, very lucky. This year, you might not be so lucky. More importantly, the person you are telling this to may think that they can also make it without sport drinks. Their metabolism is different from yours. They might not make it because you gave them this bad advice. This is not the type of testimonial that distance walkers should be giving out.

3. "I need to drink something, but I only like purple (or orange, or green) sports drinks. This stop doesn't have my flavor. I'll wait for the next stop." Trust me, chances are that if you will only drink a certain flavor of sports drink, you won't find it anywhere on the walk. Don't plan on an assortment of every flavor of drink at every stop. Drink whatever is available.

4. "There are no cold drinks at this stop. I'll wait until the next one." Don't wait, drink it even if it is warm. Pretend that you are in Paris and drinking warm drinks the European way - ooo-la-la!!!! Even if the bottles are warm, fill your personal water bottle with ice, water, and sports drink - yum! Odds are, if one stop is out of ice cold drinks, the next place might not have them either.

5. "Sports drinks make me gag." Lack of sport drinks can may you go into seizures. Bring some powdered Kool-aid/Crystal Light to help cover the sports drink taste.

6. "I'm on a diet, and I don't want the calories." You are on an intense endurance event, and you NEED the calories! THERE ARE NO DIETS ON THE WALK (exemption - diabetics, special medical cases, of course - but for the vast majority of us - NO DIETS. NO GUILT - OKAY!)
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On War -- Greta Garbo

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There are other things to live for than war...I tell you, I want no more of it.  I want for my people security and happiness.  I want to cultivate the arts of peace, the arts of life; I want peace, and peace I will have.
                                                                                                                      ~ Greta Garbo as Queen Christina
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The War God's Horse Song -- Anonymous Navajo poet

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The War God's Horse Song


I am the Turquoise Woman's Son,
On top of Belted Mountain
beautiful horses -- slim like a weasel!
My horse with a hoof like a striped agate,
with his fetlock like a fine eagle plume:
my horse whose legs are like quick lightning
whose body is an eagle-plumed arrow:
my horse whose tail is like a trailing black cloud.
The Little Holy Wind blows through his hair.
My horse with a mane made of short rainbows.
My horse with ears made of round corn.
My horse with eyes made of big starts.
My horse with a head made of mixed waters.
My horse with teeth made of white shell.
The long rainbow is in his mouth for a bridle
and with it I guide him.
                              ~ Anonymous Navajo poet
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On Watches -- Jane Austen

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Oh!  Do not attack me with your watch.  A watch is always too fast or too slow.  I cannot be dictated to by a watch.
                                                                                                                                      ~ Jane Austen
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On Weight -- Unknown

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Inside me lives a skinny woman crying to get out.  But I can usually shut her up with cookies.
                                                                                                                                        ~ Unknown
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On What Lies Within -- William Morrow

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What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
                                                                                                                                      ~ William Morrow
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What Makes Us Human? -- Glen Seaborg

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I believe that one of the characteristics of the human race - possibly the one that is primarily responsible for its course of evolution - is that it has grown by creatively responding to failure.
                                                                                                              ~ Glen Seaborg
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Who's On First?

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This went out to all the Administrative Assistants in our region.  At least they're still laughing:)  After all, only 2/3 of us will lose our jobs through all the reorginazination....

Several cannibals were recently hired by a big corporation.  "You are all part of our team now," said the Human Resources representative during the welcoming briefing.  "You get all the usual benefits and you can go to the cafeteria for something to eat, but please don't eat any of the other employees."

The cannibals promised.

Four weeks later their boss remarked, "You're all working very hard, and I'm satisfied with you.  However, one of our administrative assistants has disappeared.  Do any of you know what happened to her?"

The cannibals all shook their heads no.  After the boss had left, the leader of the cannibals said to the others, "Which one of you idiots ate the admin assistant?"

A hand raised hesitantly, to which the leader of the cannibals continued, "You fool!  For four weeks we've been eating Managers, and no one noticed anything, then you had to go and eat the admin assistant!"
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On Windows -- George Bernard Shaw

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Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.
                                                                                                                          ~ George Bernard Shaw
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On Wishing -- Alexander Woollcott

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Many of us spend half of our time wishing for things we could have if we didn't spend half our time wishing.
                                                                                                                                              ~ Alexander Woollcott
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On Wonder -- E. Merrill Root

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We need a renaissance of wonder.  We need to renew, in our hearts and in our souls, the deathless dream, the eternal poetry, the perennial sense that life is miracle and magic.
                                                                                      ~ E. Merrill Root
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Word Origins

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Interesting stories. I wonder if they are true!

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In George Washington's day, there were no cameras. One's image was either sculpted or painted. Some paintings of George Washington showed him standing behind a desk with one arm behind his back, while others showed both legs and both arms. Prices charged by painters were not based on how many people were to be painted, but by how many limbs were to be painted. Arms and legs are "limbs," therefore painting them would cost the buyer more. Hence the expression "Okay, but it'll cost you an arm and a leg."

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As incredible as it sounds, men and women took baths only twice a year! (May & October) Women always kept their hair covered while men shaved their heads (because of lice and bugs) and wore wigs.

Wealthy men could afford good wigs. The wigs couldn't be washed, but to clean them, they could carve out a loaf of bread, put the wig in the shell and bake it for 30 minutes. The heat would make the wig big and fluffy, hence the term "big wig."

Today we often use the term "here comes the Big Wig" because someone appears to be, or is, powerful and wealthy.

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In the late 1700's many houses consisted of a large room with only one chair. Commonly, a long wide board was folded down from the wall and used for dining. The "head of the household" always sat in the chair while everyone else ate sitting on the floor. Once in a while an invited guest, almost always a man, would be offered this chair to sit in during a meal. To sit in the chair meant you were important and in charge. Sitting in the chair, one was called the "chair man." Today in business we use the expression/title "Chairman."

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Needless to say, personal hygiene left much to be desired. As a result, many women and men had developed acne scars by adulthood. The women would spread bee's wax over their facial skin to smooth out their complexions. When they were speaking to each other, if a woman began to stare at another woman's face she was told "mind your own bee's wax."

Should the woman smile, the wax would crack, hence the term "crack a smile."

Also, when they sat too close to the fire, the wax would melt and
therefore the expression "losing face."

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Ladies wore corsets which would lace up in the front. A tightly tied lace garment, worn by a proper and dignified lady, gave birth to the term "straight laced".

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Common entertainment included playing cards. However, there was a tax levied when purchasing playing cards but only applicable to the "ace of spades." To avoid paying the tax, people would purchase 51 cards instead.

Yet, since most games require 52 cards, these people were thought to be stupid or dumb because they weren't "playing with a full deck."

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Early politicians required feedback from the public to determine what was considered important to the people. Since there were no telephones, TV's or radios, the politicians sent their assistants to local taverns, pubs and bars who were told to "go sip some ale" and listen to people's conversations and political concerns. Many assistants were dispatched at different times "you go sip here" and "you go sip there." The two words "go sip" were eventually combined when referring to the local opinion; thus, we have the term "gossip."

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At local taverns, pubs and bars, people drank from pint and quart sized containers. A bar maid's job was to keep an eye on the customers and keep the drinks coming. She had to pay close attention and remember who was drinking in "pints" and who was drinking in "quarts." Hence the term "minding your 'P's and Q's."

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Another explanation of that one:

In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts. So in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them mind their own pints and quarts and settle down. It's where we get the phrase "mind your P's and Q's".

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Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim or handle of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. "Wet your whistle" is the phrase inspired by this practice.

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It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month we know today as the honeymoon.

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In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes, the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase "goodnight, sleep tight."

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In Scotland, a new game was invented. It was entitled Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden.... and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language.
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On Work -- Robert Benchley

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Anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing.
~ Robert Benchley (1889-1945), U.S. humorous writer.  Quoted in The Algonquin Wits (ed. by Robert E. Drennan, 1968).  Benchley's own method is also quoted in the book, "I do most of my work sitting down.  That's where I shine."
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On Work -- Margaret Fontey

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The most important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one's work seriously and taking one's self seriously. The first is imperative, and the second disastrous.
                                                                                                            ~ Margaret Fontey
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On Work -- Robert Frost

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The world is filled with willing people; some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.
                                                                                                                      ~ Robert Frost
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On Working -- Charles Kingsley

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Being forced to work, and forced to do your best, will breed in you temperance and self-control, diligence and strength of will, cheerfulness and content, and a hundred virtues which the idle never know.
                                                                                                 ~ Charles Kingsley                                                                                                                                                                                           
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On Writing- Gene Fowler

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Writing is easy: all you do is sit staring at the blank sheet of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead.
                                                                                                                      ~ Gene Fowler
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