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My Latest Walking Stick — An Antique Gaff From Maine — For My Late Night Walks.

by Anura Guruge


 

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Since my knee surgery nearly a year ago I have become an expert on walking sticks — given that I now ALWAYS use one when I am out walking/hiking or running. Yes, I pick it up and hold it in my arms (as I would do a cricket bat) when I am running.

I have come to appreciate the benefits of using a walking stick — both in terms of reducing stress on my ‘damaged’ knee and giving me increased mobility. Prior to acquiring this stic, a week ago, in Rockland, Maine, I had seven, wooden walking sticks. I had three prior to my accident — which I had never used. The rest were post-surgery acquisitions. Initially I didn’t know what to look for and what I would enjoy using. Now I know.

It has to be light (given the 2-hours a day I spend with one). Heavy ones just detract and distract from the walking/hiking. I also insist on having a horizontal handle. That is how you transfer weight off your body onto the stick. That is what helps your knees. That transference of weight.

I saw this gaff at a consignment store. I knew, at once, what it was. I tried it out as a walking stick. I was amazed. Exactly the right height for I and the hook makes a nice handle — it is actually quite comfortable with gloves. It had a $22 sticker. There was NO WAY I was going to pay $22 for that — antique or no antique. I got it for $5. Yes, $5. A $17 a mark-down. SMILE. That was basically it. SMILE. Yes, the manager was a female and my wife accused me of ‘charming her’. What can I say. I smile.

I got the gaff for a specific purpose.

I walk late at night — whether I am at home or travelling. At home all I have to contend with is wildlife and not much of that around. Not so when I walk, 10:30 to 11:30 at night, in built up areas. You never know who you are going to meet. I don’t carry a gun. I am BRITISH. SMILE. Enough said. My nightstick — and that is very British.


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by Anura Guruge


 

Another Heartwarming Example Of Human Ingenuity — A ‘Snap-On’, On/Off Ice Crampon For Walking Sticks.

by Anura Guruge



Click to access Amazon listing. It should be back in stock soon. I guess I bought the last one.


In my old age and my increasing infirmity I am, these days, never far from a walking stick. You will rarely see me outside without one. At the last count (this morning) I now have seven (yes, 7) active walking sticks stashed around the garage and house so that I can always easily have one at hand.

Given that we live in the arctic circle and winter is here, a big concern is that of I slipping on ice (as I did on February 28) and further damaging my already deteriorating body. So, I went ‘Googling’ on Amazon. I had faith in human ingenuity. Didn’t take long to find the above.

Beyond perfect. The DAMN thing folds up, at the snap of a finger. Brilliant. Love it. Tried it out today. Great.

Isn’t human ingenuity just so GREAT.


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by Anura Guruge