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Old 05-24-2018, 12:09 AM #11
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Default Re: How to avoid unpleasant interruptions during walks?

Oh, I've been limiting my walking between 7 and 9 AM for the past, well, 6 months, and pretty much avoided any inopportune interruptions (and queues in stores), except maybe once or twice on the back leg when, presumably, meddlers start waking up.

Well, this might not apply for everyone, depending on your work schedule, but I work from home, so.
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I deal with this on occasion, I'll be on the bus with both ear buds in and my nose in a book. Idk, but some people don't have much in the way of mindfulness or awareness. It's frustrating for me, because I generally like people, but these days, they make me nervous.
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When I walk I wear a hat with a wide brim pulled down to shield my eyes from other peoples' gazes. I also wear sunglasses unless it's really overcast. I keep my gaze down toward the sidewalk in front of me (useful for avoiding stepping in something I wouldn't want to take home.) And I carry big walking stick! Nobody bothers me...
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Default Re: How to avoid unpleasant interruptions during walks?

Get some ear buds and stick them in your ears. You don't have to plug them into any device, just have them in your ears. People will think you can't hear them and won't bother trying.



I used to do this when I worked in a gas station and customers would come in and ***** about everything/anything as if I could do anything about it...wear ear phones, and they keep to themselves. They were happy I could hear them well enough to take their orders. Worked every time.


Oops people have already suggested this...Russia might be different, different culture. Cheer up, America is getting worse!
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I have a small dog I walk daily. By-&-large people where I live just ignore each other. Also... during the winter there don't tend to be a lot of people out walking. So it's not typically a problem anyway. During the summer I wear a wide-brimmed hat with the vizor pulled down over my eyes so I avoid eye contact with people. I also typically wear sunglasses.

On the off occasion when someone does try to tag me for something, I just shake my head "no" & keep walking. (I also carry a big walking stick which could, under the right circumstances, be used as a weapon!) I suspect, over time, I've probably developed something of a reputation around the community I live in as being anti-social. To quote Popeye: "I yam what I yam & that's all what I yam..."
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I was stopped by a couple people who tried to scam me with some fake antique coins (although that's only an assumption on my part). I was honest and helpful until they actually started talking about money, at which point I hastily retreated. After that I felt like ****. Fortunately it was at the beginning of my daily walk, which I sorely needed, but I thought about going back home I was so rotten. And you might think that it's an unlucky exception, but actually I've ever only been stopped by rude or unpleasant people, and never for anything fun or useful. I think part of it is just the way it works, also my social anxiety makes pretty much any interaction with a stranger unpleasant, and maybe it has a bit to do with living in Russia which is notorious for grumpy people in certain circles.

I just started thinking how I'd avoid that crap. Is it better to lie that I'm in a hurry? Or I had this outlandish idea: apologize in a foreign language (which I actually speak, of course), although that seems a bit too extreme if not completely impossible in my state, and I also don't look like a foreigner (if that makes sense). I also feel a lot like stopping walks and hiding at home again... but that is bad for me. However, it's no good if I have to relax after an activity that I was supposed to do to relax.
Foreign language sounds like a good option to me...
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Default Re: How to avoid unpleasant interruptions during walks?

you don't have to be nice to strangers. be as rude as you want. really, people won't be able to take advantage of you that easily
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You can switch from walking to jogging mode when you are passing by these people; and once you are far enough, switching back to walking mode.
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