16th Dec 2016: Opening Scenes
Signore e Signora, la Signora Pneumatico will be arriving today perhaps a little anxious but let us make sure she knows all is well.
Reflections: Meanwhile back in England, a week before leaving, Tyre Lady aka La Signora Pneumatico (TL) is feeling stressed. Her alter ego has been sorting out all those mundane normal things: tax, work, not sleeping, screwing up a contract, discovering a leaking roof…..she is not in a happy place….especially with the roof and the builders being elusive!
It is so easy to get into bad moods especially when sleep is lacking. The negative energy particles whizz around exciting other negative particles, and when one becomes hormonal at the same time, a woman can go a little mad! Negativity had settled in TL’s brain.
The day before leaving, TL received a tweet from 1063AD that a tyre had been prepared.
A thrilling red tyre called A-D called out. TL let out a small sigh of relief: Drue and the large suitcase could now be left behind…..and a bit of positivity chipped off some negativity.
Back to 16th Dec: So the plan was to register, find A-D, speak a little and then leave.
TL peeped into the large tent that had a small expo and registration. And there was A-D …..placed on the floor in the middle of a Ricola inflatable arch.
TL coyly says to one of the registration volunteers (RV): “Errr, I think that tyre is for me…”
RV: “Ahh you are the Tyre Lady…..Everyone the Tyre Lady is here”
TL: “Ahh yes I am a Tired Lady……” think the joke was lost as everyone looked at TL as if some major super star had entered. Really she wanted to grab the tyre and run, but the cameras came out and people talked to TL.
As she placed her hands round A-D, she was happy it was a smaller tyre than Drue. Knowing that TL wanted a little more work done on A-D, Sergio (organiser) brought out the drill.
What more could a Tyre Lady ask for.
A quick chat with vendors and then time to place some final touches on A-D with a message and for A-D to become a pledge tyre for participants to become aware of what is happening to their plastic trash.
- A snowman looking for snow with a polysytrene cup on its head, drinking from a plastic bottle.
- A sea cow (dudong), presented to TL by Sitang from Chanthaburi Marathon, with a plastic bag over its head! Plastic is killing our sea life.
Single-use disposable plastic should be banned!
Hope to see all those who signed A-D at the very least using their own bottles in their next event if they stop for refreshments at checkpoints. After all what are the choices….The Environment or a Personal Best (PB)? Hmmm.
Think reusable and not disposable
Am looking forward to organisers using biodegradeable compostible cups in their next event for those runners too lazy to carry a bottle that is less than 1% of their body weight!
Next write up is A-D’s tour around Pisa.