We had our first snow yesterday. Just a dusting left on the hills this morning, with 30% chance of snow today.
If the treadmill going to be a big part of my life surely it deserves a name? Everyone else seems to have a name for theirs. Cee jay talks about (dear, departed😔) Roger with all the enthusiasm and passion one might reserve for a teenage romance. Shaz has Fred. Gareth tells me to name it.
Mmm. Not quite my comfort zone.unlike my BFF I never named my first car or anything like that. We have a bad memory for names in our family, is giving names to objects just adding another layer of complexity, or practice at remembering? Naming our son was tricky enough. We gave the responsibility of choosing a Chinese name for him to his grandma (like we had any choice! Chinese mothers are a lot like Jewish mothers😊) but that wasn’t a problem for her- she had it all planned out, at 80 years old she’d been thinking of what to name her first grandchild for at least 20 years so his second name was sorted!
In the end Dave and I were inspired by Brad PItts portrayal of death in the film ‘Joe Black’. Cool, understated, humorous but with deep understanding and compassion. Plain old Joe it was to be and funnily enough our Joe is all those things, even at the age of 12.
But the treadmill? Obviously it has no inherent personality of its own, only the one I impose upon it.
Is it to be male or female? Do I cast it in the role of ‘best friend’ then she could be Millie? Not very original. If it was to be male he would have to be a ‘fun guy’ so I could call him ‘shiitake’, after all I did cry out ‘shit!’ When I fell off! Shiitake is a bit of a mouthful though, and to shorten it doesn’t give it the good vibe and positive energy I would like it to have.
When I cleared the space in the garage I felt that I was creating a chrysalis.A little cocoon where I would go in for the winter like the running equivalent of a catapillar (belive me that’s a great metaphor on so many levels!) and emerge like a butterfly, a mature and competent runner in the spring😊 Chris could be a contender.
Other positive vibes? I love the sunshine, so I could name it ‘Sonny’ but that would also put me into mum mode, which I don’t want whilst I’m running. I see the treadmill as more of a partner in achieving my running goals, more like a running buddy. There we are! Got it.
I now name this running machine ‘Buddy’.🍾.
I may have to make that official with a bottle of bubbly over the weekend😊