So I’m laid up ion the couch with an upper respiratory infection. Light glares into my eyes, causing more weeping. My glasses weigh heavily upon my face. For brief moments, I can breathe easily through a single nostril before the congestion reappears. Sneezing leads to the usage of much Puffs Plus. Post-nasal drip abounds. So I visit Facebook because I can control the amount of light emitted by the computer screen and I’m bored. Today marks day 3 of being sick.
None of my friends are fulfilling their purpose of living interesting lives on Facebook to keep me amused. I delve into my groups. I’ve recently joined the AVA (American Volksmarching Association) group. In this group, I can live vicariously through the pics of other volksmarchers who are visiting exotic realms such Las Vegas, Florida, and Hawaii.
I learn that there is a Fitbit group for Volksmarchers. I join the group even though it’s now been two days since I last did any walking beyond the bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and couch. (I love my Fitbit!)
And from John McClellan of Florida, this interesting post appears:
Avid Volkssporters — this year’s AVA Convention is fast approaching, what Issues should we be talking about there, and what Ideas do you have to reverse the current decline in clubs and events?? GO!
Quite frankly, this has laid heavily on my mind for the past year or so. Volksmarching has added so much to my life. I’d love to share this sport with others. But what can we do about the volksmarching image? Is there even a volksmarching image in the mind of the average American? Is this a sport which doesn’t really exist yet?
I’d love to attend the AVA convention but it’s held during the school year. I know that is one issue I have with AVA: the idea that volksmarching is limited to the retired and the elderly. I’d like to see more families embrace the sport. I love meeting young families (some members in strollers) on a volksmarch. I love seeing checkpoints which are dog-friendly.
And then I run into the digital divide. Many of our elders are uncomfortable with technology and our clubs are reluctant to invest in technology because they don’t wish to turn off the members who are less comfortable with technology. On the other hand, many of the younger set can’t function without technology. They just don’t do paper. Clubs without a strong electronic presence can’t lure this demographic in. Who do we turn off: those uncomfortable with technology or those who require technology?
All of these profound conundrums run through my head as I wait for the antibiotics to kick in. And I kick myself because it’s a beautiful day for a walk and I’m laid up in bed.