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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

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I'm so proud of you for biking/walking the one mile to work!

I know exactly the tone you are talking about! So very annoying. I have gotten it a lot in the past, especially from in-laws "you walked there?!!" (not so subtle tone in their voice asking: "are you crazy?") makes no sense to me.

I was in a grad school seminar once with a very nice professor, liberal-minded, smart, just great. But he talked about how he gave away his opera tickets because he couldn't find close enough parking to the theater. When I asked him why he didn't take a bus that drops off about ten feet from the door, he just stared at me.

I get all proud of myself when I ride my bike. It's a mark of good character, I think, to commute back and forth my six miles to work.

Perhaps you could reply to such comments by saying brightly, "Isn't it interesting how people have such different responses to a situation? Just think how boring it would be if we all agreed all the time!"

Sometimes I think people put you down for what you do because they feel bad for not doing it themselves, or because they can't fathom being different. I haven't experienced that with biking to work, but I have experienced it when I told people in the U.S. that I didn't have cable. It was like I was some kind of freak.

Good for you for riding your bike/walking to work. I find that when I ride my bike, it puts me in a better mood for the rest of the day.

You ROCK that you bike or walk every day. Not only is it healthy and environmentally friendly, it is clearly the most sensible, efficient, and logical choice.

I think it's awesome that you bike to work. I think your coworker needs a swift kick to the shins. I am with you--her attitude and behavior would drive me crazy. Ugh.

xox

I agree with everyone else--I love that you bike to work and think it's great that you feel comfortable and happy doing it! Hopefully they are just making those comments out of true concern and not being all judgy, but either way, just keep doing what you're doing!

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