Run, Carry Injured Opponent, Run Some More

In the sport of cross-country, it is a battle of endurance. The one with the most stamina and the strongest lungs will prevail. I am not a runner. It actually makes me miserable when I am even trying to go 10 feet let alone a mile. Put me on a bike instead and I can ride all day. I respect those warriors who go out there every day like my husband and can achieve that so-called runner’s high.

That’s why when I saw the article about high school cross-country runner Josh Ripley, I had to post an entry about him. Apparently, during his meet, he rescued an injured runner from another team ½ mile into his race and carried him back to the start so his coaches could tend to him. Josh and apparently some of the other runners heard a loud scream which came from the voice of Mark Paulauskas, a runner from the other team. The other runners kept on trucking, but holy Ripley’s Believe it or Not (sorry) it was Josh Ripley who came to the rescue.

Mark’s ankle was completely bloodied up and it was later discovered that he accidentally caught the spikes of another runner. He ended up needing 20 stitches and a walking boot to keep the wound closed and secure.

After Josh dropped off his opponent, he did not skip a beat. Instead he turned right back around and ran and finished his two-mile race. Josh really didn’t think he did anything out of the ordinary. However, he will be honored at a school board meeting being held next week. Those who covered the story as well as others call it a true act of sportsmanship. I call it a true act of being a compassionate person who looked out for somebody in his hour of need.


Parking KARMA, Supermodels, and Speeding Tickets!

So, yesterday one of my friends posted on his Facebook page that he was having really good parking KARMA in Boston. He is working in a marketing position so I imagine that he is on the road quite a bit, so to get a really good parking space once is good. Twice and more than that, he definitely has REALLY good parking KARMA. Maybe part of the reason why is because he is not driving a really HUGE SUV, which is interesting considering he is about 6’4”.

I definitely believe in KARMA. What goes around comes around. Like if you drop your gum on the street, and somebody steps in it, you will be stepping in dog poop some time in the very near future. If you have a dog, and don’t pick your dog’s poop, then you will be stepping in cow manure some time in the near future. It can go on and on. What goes around comes around.

Except, I think if you are a supermodel! Then, KARMA doesn’t count, and what goes around comes around doesn’t count either. If you are a supermodel, then you can get away with things that non-supermodels can’t. You can drive a HUGE SUV and get away with things, like speeding. Take for example, Gisele Bundchen. This past Saturday she was speeding around Barnstable, MA in her HUGE Cadillac SUV going about 70 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone, and she had two kiddos in the back seat.

Well, supermodel Gisele AND wife to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady got off with a verbal warning. The trooper claims he did not give Mrs. Brady any kind of special treatment. He also claims that four other drivers were given verbal warnings during the same afternoon. There were also 20 others who did get tickets, but they were committing other violations besides speeding. What were they doing? We will never know. However, was it just the supermodel looks of Gisele that got her off, or was it the fact that she is Brady’s wife and the speeding took place in New England? Maybe it was a combination of the two.

Either way, she got away with it. I was caught speeding a few years ago going 45 mph in a 35 mph zone. I got a ticket. I didn’t get a nice verbal warning. Then again, I am not a supermodel and I am not married to Brady.