I have been walking...I just haven't been writing about walking. I'm too tied up doing work stuff. I spend most of my waking hours with an increasingly warm laptop in my lap putting together still another book for an event that's 3 weeks away as I type this. That book goes to press this week; no word yet on when my testicles will stop glowing in the dark (re: the warm laptop in my lap).
I don't really remember walks #14 and 15, but I know from my hand-dandy calendar that I walked, respectively 5.8 and 8.3 miles and they were on Feb. 17 and Feb. 19. As always I took some photos while I walked, because you see such innnnnteresting things out there. Like this boat on the left, the "Sea-Duction." That's so clever! I bet there's a sticker on the side that reads "Don't come a-knockin if this boat is a-rockin'." Of course, he could also be a huge Sherlock Holmes fan, and it's a play on deduction. But I'm guessing not.
That photo is from the Embarcadero here, out closer to the airport. That walk was a long stroll that took me up into Hillcrest and down by the airport and then up by the Bay to go home, on a very cloudy and cool day. That was last Saturday, the 8.3 one.
Today's walk was a little longer than that, 8.6 miles. I left the house a little before 10:00 am and was back home (including a quick stop at the grocery store) by just about 1:00 pm. It was a beautifully sunny day, and not too hot, either...perfect walking weather. So far in the month of February I've walked a little over 42 miles with 6 walks. 40 miles used to be my target, but then I walked over 60 in January, so I'm thinking 50 is my actual monthly "magic number" now, but I doubt I'll make it in Feb. It's still a little too dark here to get in a decent 2-hour walk after work.
But hey, look what I discovered today! The circus is in town, THE CIRCUS IS IN TOWN! Not that I'll ever go. Circuses are on my "did it once, never again" list. I was 5 years old and the circus came to Tamaqua (Hometown to be exact...it was located on the big parking lot outside of that place we used to call The Auction, which is now evidently called the Hometown Farmers Market). My dad took my brother and me. The high point of it for me was a pink balloon with Mickey Mouse ears, kind of a balloon with two smaller balloons attached at the top and a face painted on it. It was hot and smelly and we sat right in front of the big ring. The elephants lumbered out and one of them paused right in front of me and took a huge dump. That made it even hotter and smellier. I was ready to go home. Circuses, like parades are not my cup of tea...or cup of elephant poop.
And then there's this somewhat skeevy market down near the cornet of Broadway and Park Blvd. here in San Diego. It's not the best neighborhood in downtown San Diego, but I almost always walk up or down Park (it's really very beautiful, and runs right past Balboa Park and the world-famous San Diego Zoo). Today was the first day I really took a look at this sign. The tower leans towards the back (prompting me to want to call this "the leaning market of SD), but I love the lettering and Market sign below the tower, and the way the sunlight hit the tower via the camera lens. The plane going stratospheric up above helps, too. Would that I were on it.