Feb 17, 2009

Manic Mondays (or Tuesdays)

So, here's the thing about walking: If you're late for something, often times you don't have anyone to blame but yourself. So, in addition to being active, proper planning and punctuation are key life skills to work on as well. I thought about this as I rushed out the door with a quick stride this morning to make it to my 9:00 meeting (I was just past the buzzer). If I only left a few minutes earlier I wouldn't have been trying to match roadrunner in a race.

I thought about how I would rationalize my late entry (watch broken, traffic, blizzard?) and I felt a little classic Bangles tune haunt my head:

Have to catch an early train
Got to be to work by nine
And if I had an air-o-plane
I still couldn't make it on time
'Cause it takes me so long
Just to figure out what I'm gonna wear
Blame it on the train
But the boss is already there (Manic Monday, The Bangles, 1986).

Now, note that walking is not on the list for reasons one could be late. Granted, the message in the song is about the issues that Mondays can present for getting to work, and clearly the ability to make it on time is the real issue. But still.

If we are to take a lesson from pop culture, perhaps the real manic message in all of this is that walking as a means of transportation isn't on our immediate radar as an option. And maybe that could be the best reason of all to be late.


  1. Thanks for the trip down memory lane with the Manic Mondays lyrics, but now they're stuck in my head. I'll have to go for a walk to get rid of them!

  2. I long for the day when "I chose to walk" is a universally accepted excuse for being a bit late!

  3. I must to say i love the snow, the cold climate, although i´m not a child anymore i remember my happy childhood and all the beutiful time that i spent with all my friends. Now when is snowing i prefer to spend my time with my boyfriend, most of all that he decided to buy viagra, we enjoy all the time.