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Summer went to fall and now winter is here. Major changes are always a big problem. My brain gets in a twitter.

My first problem is clocks and watches. My smart watch did not fall back, so I have been an hour fast. I am looking forward to spring forward.  The smart phone and iPad did the “fall back” because they are smarter than me. I continued pushing the buttons on the bedroom clock and it finally fell back and fell off the table. I ignored the coffeepot and the car phone button is broken so it is right twice a day. I am shook up that my smart wrist GPS time teller is fast but my steep counter counts my steps correctly and will not let me fudge a bit.

Enough fussing about the newfangled changes stuff that changes things. To stay the same is to fall behind. We need to change. Let’s get to the serious business of walking. This is the time of year when it gets dark earlier and daylight later. It is the time to brush up on walking with safety first, last and always. 

This is the time to show out, be the center of attention, wear the brightest yellow or orange reflective, blinking, weird, attention grabbing stuff you can safely walk or run in. Drivers do not expect to see you. Twilight and dawn are warning words to walkers, because drivers have vision problems with the rising and setting sun.

Some of us walk on roads with no sidewalks. Stay on the side of the road facing traffic. Always be on alert and prepared to take evasive action. Walkers do not do well in head-on encounters with cars and trucks.

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Be aware of bikers and fast runners. Here are some rules of the game. Bike riders approaching from behind should holler “passing on the right/left” and maybe ring a bell. Not all bike riders or fast runners know the rules. A walker’s job is to listen, move to single file and be careful. Bike and walker collisions can result in busted bones and head injuries and remember you are not wearing a helmet. If you are not on a sidewalk or a wide bike lane, it is a good idea to walk in single file.

It is not wise to mess with your smart phone or GPS when walking. Look both ways before crossing any street. Some towns have controlled intersections and it is a good idea to cross at pedestrian crossings lights, Drivers may have a green light and don’t expect to see you in the crosswalk. Make eye contact, wave and smile. It is your job to be seen.

If you walk your pet, use a short leash, and teach them to leash walk.

Be careful out there. Pick places used by other walkers, runners and bikers. Pick well lighted areas. I somebody looks suspicious, change your course or go into a busy building. Sometimes when I get a bad felling, I carry my walking stick.

This is a great time to be a BRISKWALKER.  Have a Happy Healthy Safe day.