“I’ve seen that road before. It always leads me here.”
— The Beatles “The Long And Winding Road”
Some people have just got to keep moving. Jerry Campany is one of them.
A former Marine and a current employee of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser sports department (and a former co-worker of mine), Campany likes to walk.
He walks during breaks at work. On his way to the street to get into his parked car for the long ride home from the Star-Advertiser offices, he’ll take a detour so he can walk more.
Campany took up golf within the last 15 years because he can walk the course, never in a cart, if he can help it.
If he has a choice between an elevator and stairs, it’s always the stairs.
Also, if he hears the cleaners turn on a vacuum at work, that’s a signal for him to take a walk. Noise that is totally unnecessary to this man’s ears. Same thing goes for the landscapers using leaf blowers near his home. That’s a grand ol’ time for him to take the dog for a long walk.
Brooms and rakes get the job done, too, and so, in Campany’s mind — Why not use them instead?
Jerry Campany, near the top of Mt. Kaala in 2012. (Image credit: BedrockSportsHawaii.com).
This unique individual also refuses to use an umbrella, something, I think, he learned from a USMC drill instructor, who said something like, “You never under any circumstances need an umbrella.”
Once, when he saw a TV image of a Marine holding an umbrella for President Obama, Campany was absolutely horrified.
Eh, and a relatively rare Roberto Clemente card he owned that someone else was gushing over? Take a bite out of the corner. The card is just card, folks.