50 thoughts on “Haiku #22”

  1. I can image how useless and umbrella is against splashy joggers, and getting a wet backside. Out here, puddles rarely present a problem and umbrellas are lighting rods, as shocking as that might seem.

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      1. There are lots and lots of joggers in the bosque, mountainbikers, also. Lately I’ve seen people on fat-tired unicycle e-boards that are skateboards with one wide tire in the middle. I’ve also seen people on e-scooter in the bosque, as well. The bosque is a bit over-run these days.

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          1. No restrictions on electric bikes, scooters, etc. The bosque is open to everyone. It started getting discovered and a lot more attention last year when the governor and cities closed all the parks and playgrounds. The bosque was the only open space near the city that wasn’t closed.

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    1. Walking in the Spring rain is such fun, but we must share space with the joggers, the bicyclists, the skateboarders, the roller-bladers, dog-walkers, and fast-walkers all out doing their thing. It’s really just a matter of how wet and muddy we’re willing to get! 🙂

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  2. The first purchase when I moved from Edmonton to Vancouver was an umbrella. I had never seen so much rain. Of course, we live in a rain forest!!! A couple of days ago, I found a great place to buy umbrellas. My greatest find was the umbrella with an Eiffel Tower surrounded by what looks like a Victorian flower arrangement. So when I go out on the Vancouver Seawall, joggers are reminded that Paris is always a good idea. When I was walking back and forth to work, which was about a 40 minute walk, I would take a umbrella with me in the summer whether it was rainy or sunny. I didn’t realize how much the umbrella protected me from the heat of the direct sun. Another wonderful Haiku that reminded me of good times. Many thanks comes with my hugs!

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    1. What a lovely story, dear friend! Coincidentally my current jigsaw puzzle is of Paris, the Eiffel Tower, and lots of flowers, and the obligatory sidewalk café. I’ve been struggling to actually enjoy this one, but you’ve made it much more fun. 🙂 Hugs back to you!!

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  3. .. and joggers have multiplied these days (at least over here!)! I remember my walk to school was on a road full of puddles. That was the only time in my life I actually carried an umbrella, for the passing cars, not the rain!!! 🤣
    Brilliant haiku, my dearest Mary Jo!
    Hugs your way! 🤗😘

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    1. Yes, before joggers it was only cars splashing us. You’ll have to let us know your strategies for deflecting puddle water! I use a clear umbrella these days, so I can see what’s headed my way from the front or sides, but it doesn’t help with what’s coming up from behind. Thank you, dear Marina!! Hugs back to you. 🙂 🙂 🙂


  4. Mary Jo, I feel for you! I’ve had problems with cars driving in puddles and splashing me but not fellow human beings! They must have been going apace! Yep, umbrellas are no good against this although maybe for encouraging social distancing? 😀

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  5. Cute and adorable! Loves it!

    PS: One way to help avoid being splashed by runners or drivers alike is to point down at the puddle of water. For all they know you could be sparing them from getting a flat tire or a broken ankle. Either way this cautionary action at the very least makes the other aware, which is often all they need to slow down and/or avoid splashing the pedestrian.

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