I, along with RunnerGirl and some of Randy's friends and family are doing the Miles for Moffitt 1 Mile Fun Run in April. Moffitt is a premier cancer center here in Tampa on my campus and where Randy received his treatments. The small group of us effectively organinzing it (RunnerGirl, Randy's sis and me) have a feeling that there will be some incarnation of the group walking and/or running at many of these events in Randy's memory. My hatred towards running will lead me to walk at any event where its acceptable which will help encourage newcomers to do it without being intimidated by the "run" part of the events. Randy's sister is having t-shirts made for us to display why we are walking and RunnerGirl ordered bracelets with Randy's initials on them. Both will also contain Randy's characteristic phrase "woot". I can't help but think he's somewhere watching all this honored and slightly amused.
I asked Dean if he wanted to walk with us since it was only a mile and campus is so close to our apartment.
Dean: Do I have to raise money for it?
Me: No. That's the great part. You just pay an entrance fee, $20 I think, and you get a t-shirt and some goodies and it's all for a good cause!
Dean: You mean I have to pay for the privilege of walking a mile? I don't think so.
Me: Come on. What about the free stuff?
Dean: That's not doing it for me. How about I pay not to walk?
Me: You mean, just make a donation in Randy's name and not do the walk? Sure, that works for me.
A couple days later...
Dean: I've been thinking... I want the t-shirt and free stuff.
Me: Great! So you'll do it?
Dean: No, I think I'll register, drop you off, get my free stuff and you can call me when you want a ride home.
Me: It's a mile. I'll be done in 20 minutes.
Dean: Then maybe I'll just wait in the car. Or better yet, I'll leave the car with you and walk home.
Me: Walk home?! That's at least a mile itself. Why not just do the event?
Dean: Because that way I'm still not paying to walk. I'm paying and then walking. It's different.
If I'm going to keep doing these events, I think we will need to address this whole "paying to walk" issue.