Alejandra Navarro-Allende Devalues High Five

thumbs upIt's well documented I'm a fan of the high five, but as a fan, I feel it's my duty to protect the integrity of the high five. The high five should mean something, and when I see someone grossly overusing it, I grow concerned.

Alejandra Navarro-Allende and I run together, and I'm only referring to her by her full name because it's a pretty cool name and I told her I'd secure the #1 position in Google for her name. Alejandra Navarro-Allende overuses the high five. She wants to high five the entire group every ten minutes or so. These aren't high fives to celebrate an accomplishment or completion of the run, they're just high fives to celebrate the fact we haven't stopped running or given up.

Such gross over usage of the high five seriously devalues the high five. When we're done, it's time for yet another high five but it's underwhelming after six or so were already dispersed. I love high fives, and I'd like them to remain special. I want them to mean something.

Alejandra Navarro-Allende, please stop devaluing the high five. One high five can say hello and one can be reserved for the finish of the run, but that's it.

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Ahem.....The high 5 is underused! Also, my high 5s are not celebratory gestures for stopping in the middle of the run, they are to celebrate the completion of another 10 minute running interval. I don't give people high 5s when they give up, I give high 5s when something is accomplished!! Even if it's a small accomplishment, such as running up a hill. Who else but me uses high 5s anyway?? I am the only high 5er I know.....

October 18, 2007 @ 7:34 AM


You and Puddy....high five

October 18, 2007 @ 8:20 AM

Toronto Mike

Ask around, Ale... I'm a high fiver. My kids will tell you that's our primary greeting. Heck, when Michelle was potty training, that's how we celebrated the act.

But it's for greetings and celebrating the completion of something or something grand, like a Leafs goal... you can't give several high fives during a single 8k run.

October 18, 2007 @ 8:42 AM

rosedale houses

Although probably all of us know what a high five is, here is the definition of this gesture as found in the Wikipedia:
"A high five is a celebratory gesture made by two people, each raising one hand to slap the raised hand of the other — usually meant to communicate mutual satisfaction to spectators or to extend congratulations from one person to another".
I have also learned that there is a National High Five Day, which is celebrated on the third Thursday in April every year.
And one last point advice: use it but don't overuse it.

October 18, 2007 @ 10:42 AM

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