Have you ever had a "compliment sandwich"? I heard about it at some soft-skills seminar. The idea is that if you have to deliver criticism, it is often best taken when sandwiched between two compliments. Something like: "I like your hat. You are a douchebag. Can I borrow your stapler?" At least, I'm pretty sure that's how it works.
It's kind of like wrapping a pill in a slice of American cheese when you have to feed it to your grandma. Right?
There are a lot of signs up on the Olentangy trial. Many of them are signs of change. For instance, there's this:
|A sign on a sign on a barricade|
|But there's no snow!|
And there are signs all around explaining what all the work on the trail is for. I have seen the future and it is shiny.
Anyway, I love the Olentangy bike trail Seriously. I ride it to work everyday. And I go to soccer practice and the library with the kids on the trail. I trained for marathons on the trail. And so on. Notwithstanding the US Supreme Court's recent ruling on rails-trails, I'm a fan.
But I'm not the target audience for the Olentangy trails. Which is odd, because I thought fat, balding middle-aged white guys with high blood pressure were everybody's target demographic. But no, Metroparks is actively marketing to another audience. Geese.
|The target demographic|
But, back to the signs. There are other signs on the trail too. For instance:
|"Go away" in two languages.|
|OSU's sign is more euphemistically hopeful than the City signs. It says "camping." That's cute.|
|Somebody peeled the face of this sign, so, they're probably good to go.|
Some homes are more permanent than others.
Some even have their own living rooms.
|Sofa, recliner, and orange cone|
And the people who live here have ther own signs too. I found a bunch of them folded and tucked under a lammpost one day on my way to work.
|The lamppost in question|
|I put the signs back where I found them. Saw one in use the next day.|
Anyway, I love the trails. And I'm not being provocative or trying to editorialize. I see these homes on the trail everyday, and I needed to talk about it.
If you love the trail like I do, or even if you just use it occasionally, come to the Olentangy Greenway Cleanup Day April 19. I'll be there, you can throw things at me. The website asks you to register, but I bet if you show up at the Tuttle Recreation Center at 8:00 am, they'll be happy to see you regardless.
Your beer pairing today:
A brown paper bag. Put your favorite beverage in it and you're good to go.
Because, really, it's nature's beer koozie. Also, nothing says "I'm not hiding an alcoholic beverage" quite as well as a paper bag. Really, officer, nothing to see here. Also, it comes with the beer. So there you go.