Hitchikers: Tea/coffee Date September 2022


I’m joining  Coco and Deborah and sharing random odd encounters lately.

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you about the woman with the walking shorts. As in she walked in the same shorts every single time I saw her for days. Does she own multiple pairs? It just seemed odd. Eventually I did see her in another outfit.

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you I’ve enjoyed the lack of bugs due to our very dry Summer. Until we took our daytrip to Lenox and it seemed as though all the bugs of Summer were attacking me at once. It was shady so I’d taken my sunglasses off and they were driving me crazy by flying into my eyes. Mr. Judy didn’t have a big problem with them. At least I didn’t come home with any bug bites but it made the hike a not so fun experience.

He hung onto my window for dear life

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell I picked up a hitchhiker after my long-er run last Saturday. Isn’t he lovely? I was astounded he hung onto my window for the entire 11 mile drive home. Most of that on a highway.

I was getting a bit worried how I’d get out of the car without being stung, but when I banged on the window he flew right away. Phew!

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you we were walking Bandit one morning when I saw one Siamese kitten pop in the bay window of a house . . . then another — in the end there were four of them! Wouldn’t you know I didn’t have my phone on me that day? Another day we saw a black cat in the door of the same house but sadly haven’t seen the kittens again. We walk past that house regularly, and I never noticed the cat tree in the window before — and I know where many of the cats and dogs in the neighborhood live!

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you as I did my warmup for my trail race I noticed a woman I recognized but absolutely couldn’t place. When I was finished with my warmup I walked up to her & told her that.

She works where my mom lives & when she said that I knew her immediately. She works at the front desk and let’s just say she’s not overly friendly. When I recently told my sister the story, she said she thought it was just her (the not friendly part), LOL!

Now we have a connection. In fact we chatted about how I and her sons had done in the race on my visit this week. Her sons are runners and apparently one lives in the area. Remember it’s a 90+ minutes drive one way to my mom — I don’t know where this woman lives, but it’s probably still a pretty good drive.

Would a hornet on your window creep you out?

Run into someone you couldn’t place recently? 

Do you know where the animals in your neighborhood live? 

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23 thoughts on “Hitchikers: Tea/coffee Date September 2022

  1. It’s good that you went up to that woman to introduce yourself. Now you’ve made a new friend. Maybe she’s just really reserved.

    I always spray myself with repellant before I go into the woods. I still have my share of insect encounters! As long as that wasp was outside of my car, I wouldn’t be too concerned!

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  2. Both Heidi and Kevin got stung last night speaking of bugs.

    Otherwise haven’t encountered any bugs on my hikes.

    I do always wear bug spray on runs and hikes. On the lake one weekend there were annoying flies but otherwise nothing.

    Feels like fall today. Crazy weather.

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  3. My husband knows all the dogs because he does Scooby’s evening walk when others are out and about.

    I could be that woman wearing the same shorts days in a row — for walking, not for running. I have my favorites and if they’re not sweaty ….

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  4. That’s wild the hornet stayed on the window for so long! That would be a little creepy, but as long as he (she?) remained on the outside, I’d manage. I run into people all the time that I recognize, but cannot place. My town isn’t very big, so everyone practically knows everyone else, so it’s really awkward when someone starts a conversation with me (like we’re long lost friends) and I have to do the polite smile and nod for a few minutes until my memory wakes up, LOL.

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  5. I often run into people that I cannot place and it drives me crazy! That is nice that you chatted w here bc now you have a connection and maybe she will be nicer to you all lol. Thanks for dropping in to chat!

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    1. It just bothered me that I couldn’t figure out who she was. We chatted about the race again when I was at my moms this week. Most of the people who work there are super friendly! The staff really is great. But it’s so hard to keep them. 😦


  6. All of the bugs must be here where I live. Just last night at run club I got stung by something but still am not sure what. I looked down at my shin and there was blood on my leg, maybe 1/8 of a tsp. Not a ton but a lot more than I would expect from a mosquito bite. There was a visible hole where it had bitten me as well. Someone said maybe a horse fly.
    I’m terrible at remembering names and keeping track of people I know.

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  7. I like that picture of the hornet! Glad you didn’t get stung, and glad he survived the journey.
    It’s good you met and chatted with that woman! Now maybe your encounters with her at your mom’s place will be more pleasant. It’s always better to be on good terms with people.
    The walking shorts woman might just have a bunch of pairs that look the same? If anyone was studying me on my runs (I’m pretty sure no one is!) they might think I was wearing the same shorts every time- but I just have several of the exact same shorts from Athleta. I found ones i like and I stick with them!

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  8. I think it’s been less buggy here this summer as well. Last year I got stung in the ankle by a hornet. That was memorable. It’s funny how you see people out of where you usually do and they are difficult to place!

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  9. I love that you were so honest with the woman you recognised (as in telling her immediately that you recognised her but couldn’t place her). I say this because I would walk up and greet but then be too shy to admit I can’t place her – and then spend the whole day wondering where I know her from, LOL!

    There’s a man I meet when I’m walking with my son Thiwa – he never smiles, never greets, AND never responds when we greet/smile. I’ve given up and just think he is unfriendly but Thiwa says we should keep trying!

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    1. Clearly your son is kinder than either one of us! I will usually nod, smile, or say something — but there are people who seem uninterested in returning the pleasantries.

      I guess we just have to assume they aren’t having a good day!


  10. haha, I know a couple people who buy multiples of the same thing because they like it so much but they uuuusually at least get a different color or something.

    I’m glad you haven’t had to deal with bugs!

    Totally thought you meant hitchhiker as in a human hitchhiker and was a little scared for you since there are unfortunately a lot of not so savory people out there. I’m glad you didn’t get stung!

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