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Jan. 3, 2009 at 4:44pm

Why don't people smile back?

I was running this morning and as I passed two ladies, I smiled, but neither one of them would, they just gave that tight lipped grimace thing, so I smiled bigger thinking maybe they didn't see it, still nothing. WTF why do people do that, especially women. Was it that I was running up the hill and they were walking down, was it my obvious athletic prowess, or was it my well behaved, calm dog. Whatever it was that caused their faces to do that fake grimacy thing, I will not stop smiling at people.

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by scout on 1/3/2009 @ 5:12pm
Were they chubby?

by scout on 1/3/2009 @ 5:14pm
My cat says that chubby people hate runners

- it makes them feel guilty, especially when it's 40 below in the dead of winter and Christmas goodies have all been scarfed up.

Of course that's easy for him to say ... fur and all

by scout on 1/3/2009 @ 5:19pm
Or, it's simply a matter that their faces are frozen in a grimace from earlier in the day - that's why I work out at the YMCA and run inside.

The only problem there is interminable cheerfulness....

by deeble interactive on 1/3/2009 @ 7:22pm
it's possible they were talking about a family member or child who is dying of aids or some other bummer thing. Don't take it personal.

by Dave_L on 1/3/2009 @ 7:30pm
Besides, they might now face the same fate as Betty Page. That tight-lipped grimage-thing is better than no reaction at all. And maybe they were experiencing sympathy cramps. As an on-again, mostly off-again runner, I noticed a noticeable increase in the number of runners outside, surely beginning their New Years resolutions.

by chrism39 on 1/3/2009 @ 7:43pm
Good point Deeble.

by scout on 1/3/2009 @ 8:12pm
Dave L.,

Is a "grimage" when you grimace during a scrimmage?

Is there no end to my relentless teasing you?

by Marguerite on 1/4/2009 @ 10:07am
As a beginning runner I am incable of smiles after about 10 minutes...

by Marguerite on 1/4/2009 @ 10:08am
incapable. Sorry.

by Mofo from the Hood on 1/4/2009 @ 11:32am
Why didn't those women smile back?...

They probably don't like you.

by scout on 1/4/2009 @ 12:18pm
More like they don't like themselves

by chrism39 on 1/4/2009 @ 7:16pm
I could understand not smiling back if they were running, but they were walking down the hill. Down the hill shouldn't tax them.

by Mofo from the Hood on 1/4/2009 @ 8:34pm
They don't like you.

by scout on 1/5/2009 @ 1:50am

When you go to confession, don't forget being mean to thy neighbor as one of your sins.

I went to Catholic school for nine years and can be hired on the side to dole out penance in a pinch. Guilt will be extra. "It'll cost ya"

by fredo on 1/5/2009 @ 8:25am
Chris asked why people didn't smile back, Mofo gave a possible reason. Is there a religous issue here?

by scout on 1/5/2009 @ 8:57am
It was a joke!

by fredo on 1/5/2009 @ 11:04am
Oh, one of those "religious" jokes like the grimace- producing ones preachers give from the pulpit.

by scout on 1/5/2009 @ 11:07am
Not really, Mr. Snotty-Pants, more like alluding to Mofo's other blog/post about Catholicism and confession posted on the same day. Can we drop this now?

by Altered Chords on 1/5/2009 @ 12:09pm
It's not that they don't like you. They don't even know you.

This is the reason:

Smiling while running is like smiling while being beaten with billy clubs.

You're not out there running to share joy and happiness - save that for after the run.

Are you smiling at men too?

If so, I hope you have 911 on your cell phone speed dial.

If anyone out there is interested, I would like to start a running club. One night a week - say Wednesday. We run up and down one of the very steep hills around here for 1/2 hour.

Smiling is forbidden while running.

After the run, we drink beer. Smiling and laughing is demanded and enforced.

Anyone in?

by Mofo from the Hood on 1/5/2009 @ 12:22pm

by scout on 1/5/2009 @ 12:45pm
Since suffering is an underlying theme, I'm in; but only if I can stand on the side and tell religious jokes while whipping the runners.

by Altered Chords on 1/5/2009 @ 1:39pm
No, we would run the risk of the runners smiling. Now, you're certainly welcome to start your own club and we could compete for membership.

Me with my miserable hill runners, you with your easily amused S.M. runners.

Whoever has more members at the end of January buys the other a beverage at Paddy Coynes.

by Dave_L on 1/5/2009 @ 5:16pm
I'm join you running club, 'Chords followed by calorie replentishment later. This reminds me of some good friends (you know who you are) who had a weekly bike ride then would end up at the Rosewood for beer afterwards.

by chrism39 on 1/5/2009 @ 7:57pm
Be careful running when running downhill, you don't want to hurt your IT band. @Altered I smile at everyone I pass because smiling while your running tells your body it is doing something pleasurable. I feel great when I am running, I love it. I would love to join your running club, but I have class on wed night and as for 911 on the cell phone, I run with my dog who is a mean pitbull ( just kidding she's nice, but she looks mean.)

by Altered Chords on 1/6/2009 @ 9:39am
Chrism - we could do Mon, Tues or Fri. Thurs does not work for me.

Re: smiling. Forcing a smile while doing something unpleasant in order to "trick" your body into thinking it's doing something pleasurable sounds sick to me. But has merit and can probably be adopted by those who overindulge in pleasure (over drinking, smoking, chocolate eating, heroin etc). Those folks would doubtless benefit from being whipped and told religious jokes by scout while eating chocolate for example. The act of eating chocolate would quickly become so onerous that the chocoholic would join our running club where we are very careful to avoid IT band injury.

also: put the running shoe on the other foot. If attractive women started smiling at you while they were running what would you think. How would you feel. Very threatened indeed! It would be as if they were saying "look at me...I am are pathetic but I smile upon you with all the kidness and sympathy of the great deity that I am".

So it looks like:
Altered Chords running club. 3 members
Scout running club: 1 member.

If we were to end the contest today, Scout would owe Altered Chords 1 beverage.

by Altered Chords on 1/6/2009 @ 9:41am
altered Chords new year's resolution.

No more blog posts over 12 words.

by Mofo from the Hood on 1/6/2009 @ 10:00am
: |

by scout on 1/6/2009 @ 11:27am
I think Mofo and the 300-lb canary have joined my running club in spirit -

Add in my cat and we have four members in my club and if the contest ended today Altered Chords, you would be a Big Fat (skinny) Loser of this contest.

PS: What the hell is an IT band? Is that a geeky musical group that performs at Christmas parties?

by AngelaJossy on 1/6/2009 @ 12:27pm
I would totally join that band ... just sayin ...

(not the running part though, I need a nap just thinking about it. Hills? Smiling? You must be joking)

by scout on 1/6/2009 @ 12:33pm
The band with AJ headlining would be way more fun than running.

I volunteer to be the go go dancer, as long as I can have a cage to dance in..

by chrism39 on 1/6/2009 @ 1:47pm
Its a band of muscles that runs from your hip down the length of your leg and when you run down hills it can give you pain on the outside of the knee, it hurts.
@ altered maybe tuesdays would work?

by Altered Chords on 1/6/2009 @ 3:43pm
Sounds good. 1st meeting. 5:30 PM Tuesday 1/13/09.

Meet under the awning of 1124 Broadway Plaza. (right next to Varsity Grill)

post run watering hole tba.

by Dave_L on 1/6/2009 @ 4:18pm
Shoot, I can't make Tuesdays, but don't reschedule on my account. I might be able to drive by and grimace.
Besides, I'm afraid I might run into the really good runners from the Y.

by Altered Chords on 1/14/2009 @ 9:13am
Altered Chords running club 1st meeting.

At 5:25 I changed from work attire into running attire.
at 5:28 I stood out front of 1124 Broadway.
at 5:30 I performed the customary pre-run stretching so that the hoardes of new club members that do not know me and vice versa would identify me as a "runner"
at 5:35 I began wheezing from the cigarette smoke from the people standing out front of the Varsity grill that were chain smoking. I know they were thinking "maybe next year I will quit smoking and join a running club and lose weight and start liking myself"
at 5:40 I though to myself. "Well, it looks like no one is showing up. That is good. I did not feel like running tonight anyway.

Just so everyone know, I had already been to the gym at lunch time so I did not suffer any health setbacks.

Maybe next week?

Let me know if anyone wants to do this. If not, I guess I'll buy a drink for scout even though her club has imaginary members that only meet in her mind.

by scout on 1/14/2009 @ 10:05am
In my mind no one can hurt me and I am the fastest runner on the face of the earth...

Me and my running posse were working out at the YMCA last night at 5:30.


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