[We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, of course, but
today-normally positive-did a "hospitalization" turn. But mother-in-law's
surgery went well and she is currently doing fine. So, there's a positive.
And now, thanks to various reminders coming from these lists, that puts us
in mind of one Abigail "Abi" Meadows-perhaps THE most positive and happy
ultrarunner on earth. And because she *never* has been seen without a
smile on her face-at Massanutten or elsewhere-this certainly must be a
Wednesday and that's just gotta be Positive!]
During extended periods of darkness, her radiant smile is conscripted to
She can run all night without a headlamp, simply by reflecting moonbeams off
her incisors and star twinkles off her bicuspids.
She has been known to endure for weeks on end without food, because she
couldn't stop smiling long enough to eat.
Her first footrace ever was circumnavigating the globe.
She will often start at the pack of the pack, strike up soul-baring
conversations with complete strangers and then--after she's satisfied they
won't croak mid-race--pick up her pace to sub-six-minute miles and almost
win the race!
She's done that eight hundred times and has yet to reach her thirtieth
Like the goddess Athena, she often runs barefoot; and at night around Mount
Olympus, with sometimes even less.
She has been to The Barkley and vowed her revenge. In turning that
experience into a positive, she has developed a recipe for sawbriar stew.
"Runner's World" once published a photo of her hoisting a sperm whale over
her head in the deli section of a Wynn-Dixie supermarket.
Her only DNFs occurred at races where she stopped to provide mouth-to-mouth
resuscitation. She's saved eight hundred men's lives that way and has yet
to receive her diploma for nursing.
She is The Most Interesting Woman in the World.
"I don't always drink from the fountain of youth; but when I do--in fairness
to the rest of humanity--I usually have to spit some back. Stay happy, my
( 00 )
See (and hear) some originals:
["Ain't nobunny ever plucks lutes like me"]
Yankee Folly of the Day:
Abi has publicly invited everyone running this summer's Vol-State to stay at
her house. We think she must own The Grande Hotel. But, of course, you
will have to climb Lookout Mountain to get there. Just sayin'...
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