However, after inquiring about the activity, I found out that the source of it came from our friend, Janell, and did not have anything to do with athletic training at all. No, I guess Janell is a germaphobe (one concerned with germs) and convinced my kids and my wife that the rails where filled with germs and that one should risk falling and breaking an arm, neck, or worse yet getting sucked into the undergirth of the escalator beast in order not to contact a few measly germs.
To prove the irrational thinking behind this, my common practice is to now firmly plant both hands on the escalator rails, ride it safely, and then lick my hands. Yeah, I know it might seem a little gross, but I strongly believe it is the responsibility of a Father to make sure their kids understand the truth. So if you hear any reports of any escalator related injuries involving Ostercamp's, you will know why and I should be exonerated of any fault!
Changing the subject, but I would appreciate your prayers. All of the sudden on Monday I came down with a horrendous cold. It is taking all of my energy, and I really want to be out and about with the rest of the family. Praying it won't last too long!
PS. Anita thought that I should not joke about prayer. My disclaimer is to state that while the story is true, it is intended to be humorous. I always covet your prayers. Just reading this story should show you how much I need them! It is okay with me if you pray for wisdom rather than health. :)