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butterfingers

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Re: walkin' a mile with my top
« Reply #15 on: April 29, 2019, 06:55:17 PM »

- Hey, Mike! I was excited to see this post from you. With the weather warming up it's time for me to start my daily walks. I have been walking along the Erie canal now for a few years. I take a small banjo or one of my ukuleles with me when I go. It's a great way to practice playing while standing up and forces me to look away from the fretboard. I will admit it's a weird thing to do. People tend to smile when I play the ukulele. Not so much when I have the banjo. The reaction I get from folks is about 50% smiles and 50% avoid eye contact completely. I often scare the wild animals. Geese hate me. Deer seem to be curious and stare before they run away. I have had several interesting conversations with people who stopped to chat with me and there has been occasional applause from the other side of the canal as I go by.

Here's a pic I took a while back to give you an idea of what the canal looks like.



 

When I go early in the morning the guy who runs the local pizza joint calls me the wandering minstrel. His dog likes to bark at me.

- I have not considered taking a top with me when I walk. I think I'll give it a try.
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the Earl of Whirl

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Re: walkin' a mile with my top
« Reply #16 on: May 06, 2019, 09:18:48 AM »

Thanks for your response, butterfingers.  I have been thinking about walking with a ukelele, since you mentioned it, and I am convinced it has a lot of potential.  I will give it a try someday soon.

I did not realize you live near the canal.  My home and church are also near the old canal.  In fact, they are starting neighborhood watch groups and our area name is "the canal district."

As far as top walking goes, I can report that I am slowly working it into my routine.  The short circuit is a very durable top and it is easy to keep in the pocket of my jacket or my pants pocket.  I have pulled it out for half mile sessions enough times to be over 3 miles of walking and I find it very helpful when doing stairs.  They go so much easier as I am thinking about the top and not the pain in my legs.  So far I have gone over a hundred flights with a top spinning in my hand.  I am continually surprised at how many people are more willing to talk about tops when they see me walking.

« Last Edit: May 06, 2019, 09:26:06 AM by the Earl of Whirl »
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the Earl of Whirl

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Re: walkin' a mile with my top
« Reply #17 on: October 01, 2019, 05:42:15 PM »

The hot weather breaks this weekend.  Time to do some walking with my top OUTSIDE!!!
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