Pat’s Pet Peeves: Please pick up the pace 

By Pat Carbone1851 Contributor

I completely understand when it’s a lovely fall day on campus, people want to take a pleasant stroll down Woodland Road to watch whatever sports team is playing and enjoy their day. I get it. But I have places to be, so pick up the pace and get out of the way. 

Able-bodied people who choose walk slowly are some of the worst creatures on this earth, next to people who chew with their mouths open, bikers, and the New York Yankees. I mean, seriously, you’re telling me your legs can’t move any faster? There is no possible way that your legs move that slow, it doesn’t make sense. 

Students have places to be and when other students slow them down because they can’t walk faster or step to the side, it ruins everybody’s day. Most people will be polite and take a step to the side, but some like to take up the whole sidewalk and make everybody else late for their mandatory biology class. 

I understand I walk at a faster pace than most, but it’s because I like to get to my destination on time. When I get an alert from Boost that my quesadilla is ready for pickup, I want to make sure I get it as soon as possible. And when you slow-walkers prevent me from getting my quesadilla, it gets my blood boiling. 

Please be advised, I am not saying you are a bad person if you walk at a slow pace. I would also like to make it clear that this is not directed towards anybody with a disability which causes them to move slowly. I’m just saying for those who are able, I would like you a little more if you could just go faster or move. I sound like a broken record at this point, but there are not very many solutions to walking slowly other than moving or going faster. 

As I write this, I realize that some people may see me as rude. I apologize for that, as that is not my intent. However, I would not have to come off as harsh if some people could add a tiny amount of urgency to their day and please walk faster.

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