TITLE: Marathon Signage AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: October 02, 2005 10:19 PM DESC: What little I remember from the race includes a couple of inspiring signs. ----- BODY: Marathoners often adorn themselves with signs. Some are pinned on shirts and shorts, others are written on clothes, and still other are written directly on their bodies. Some just give the runners' names, so that members of the crowd can call out personalized encouragement. Others list team names or other affiliations, as a way of acknowledging why they run. Still others broadcast messages of inspiration, for their own benefit and the benefit of others around them. I wasn't entirely coherent for much of my Twin Cities Marathon, but a couple of inspirational message caught my eye. Best inspirational violation of "Once and Only One":
I may not have a good time,
but I will have a good time.
Emphasize 'time' in the first sentence, and 'have' in the second. I know that this quote is trite, but I appreciate the Power of Positive Thinking exhibited by this middle-aged woman. I hope she two good times and, if not, at least the latter. Best inspirational use of punctuation:
Heart attack.


Heart attack,

Marvelous. The survivor in that shirt ran strong early, like me, and faded late, like me. I hope he finished, and felt strong doing so. In any case, training for a marathon demonstrates that he wants the tale of his life to feature a comma, not a period. Bravo. I did not have a good time for me, and all in all I can't say that I had a good time. But in the future I hope to tell this story with a comma. I owe that to people who persevere in the face of what could be much more significant periods. -----