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This kept me smiling on and off through a 9 hour Sunday at work, and carried me through my run tonight effortlessly.<br><br>
I was crawling my way through ice-slicked streets this morning trying to make my way out of town, praying I wouldn't slide into a ditch or some object; and trying not to think about how long this commute would take. I thought a small hot chocolate from the little cafe that I pass on my way through downtown would brighten my day. Little did I know how much.<br><br>
I'm place my order, and I'm standing at end of the counter waiting for it. An older gentleman walks in, and we greet one another, as you do in a small town--you don't necessarily know one another, but evreyone always has a friendly hello. He places a drink order for his wife. He goes over to where the napkins and stirrers are. I, having gotten my hot cocoa, am reaching for one of those little tabs that go over the opening on "to go" lids. He gives me a longer glance and asks, "Are you the runner?" There is a very brief pause, as I wait for something like, "the runner who..." but that was it. Just that question. "Are you the runner?" I smiled and said, "Yes I am."<br><br>
It made me chuckle to myself, because most of the races and runners at the "local" races I attend are from the larger town to the south, and a good handful even drive in from Ann Arbor, so I guess in my town, and given that when I run, I run pretty much anywhere and everywhere, I stand out. I certainly never see any other runners when I'm out. Very rarely I see a guy I call "the neighborhood runner". I only see him doing loops of our neighborhood. I never see him outside the immediate residential streets, and I've never seen him at a race. So I guess that makes me "The runner". It just made me feel good that I'm recognized as THE runner. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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That's pretty cool! I used to get that feeling here in my small town that I was the only runner out there, but now I see a lot of folks out and about. That small town friendly vibe is also really cool - maybe you have to be out away from urban centers here in CA, because we never really had it here.
 

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Special day! I get comments from co-workers and kids...we saw you running and riding...<br><br>
If I see enough of my kids at school...I'll have to go down the water slide with them! I do cool crap like that!
 

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he he he he...<br>
I love it when people make your day and don't even know it.
 

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<img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> That's great.<br><br>
Back when I lived in a one neighborhood I had a few people come out and tell me I inspired them, or pass it along through neighbors... it always made my day. I don't stand out so much here in this area because we're (runners) everywhere.
 

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I've had moments like that. It's always there, if you recall guy in the cafe a year from now. That's quite a gift, brings back good memories of my own, thanks! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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That's pretty cool. I think if that happened to me around here the next comment from the person would be, "I don't know what the h3ll you is runnin' from but you'd be faster if you git yourself an four-wheeler or sum'thin'". Most of my neighbors think I am insane. They always have a comment like, "don't you have a job?", "is your car broken?", etc. You smoke cigarettes and work on cars in your garage and in my spare time I'll go running, ok? <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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That's very cool. I had a moment a bit like that on Saturday. I was asked to speak about taxes to the local alpaca-breeders group (I'm "in" with that crowd) and when I walked in I heard a gal I've never seen whisper to her husband "that's Matt Bannon."<br><br>
It's surprisingly difficult to appear professional while you're picking your jaw up off the floor.
 

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Matt have you been on 10 Most Wanted again ????<br><br>
Well done Charlotte - great when that sort of thing happens<br><br>
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I was waiting for "that's the Knee whisperer" ... or alcapa whisperer or something.<br><br>
Good moment, CC ... He was probably "a walker" ... We have a few old couples that walk - and even cycle - together in our town. Plus, you probably provided some meaty conversation for him and his DW <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> (ayuh ... that's the runner. She seems normal enough ...)<br><br>
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I agree, it is a special thing to have happened to you, but it's only because you ARE special. Special people get special whispers or greetings.
 

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Nice, Charlotte. Thats really cool. I had a similar encounter today. My office got new laptops today, and the IT dept guys were there to make sure everything worked right. One of them asked me, "are you the super athlete?" I smiled and said, "I'm an athlete, not sure how super!" (a coworker had told him that I work out and race a lot when they were setting up our computers over the weekend).
 
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