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Long walk, house lust, the end of the vacation - The Phantom Librarian
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fernwithy
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Long walk, house lust, the end of the vacation
Ah, my impromptu vacation is over; back to work tomorrow. I'm pretty darned relaxed. I spent the vacation trying to make new habits, including keeping my living area clean and paying attention to what I'm eating and... oh, yes. Exercising more.

To the last end I've been taking walks. I only did really long ones (about five miles) twice, but I think I may make a practice of it. I firmly believe that one doesn't know a city unless one walks in it. (Unless it's L.A., of course, in which case walkers have the really, truly skewed perspective.)

So today, I took a long walk in a direction I hadn't been (vaguely southwest from where I live), and discovered a street with only intermittant sidewalks, road blasted through granite, and mansions, mansions, mansions. I am absolutely lusting after one of these that I passed. It's a renovated Tudor with all the amenities, huge plot of land, close to a good school, trees, what looked like a three-story room with floor-to-ceiling windows... and it's on sale.

Yes, folks, for a mere $3,799,000, I could have the exact house I've lusted after all my life, though I didn't know its address until this afternoon. I even love the neighborhood, though I'd definitely need to buy a car. G-d, it's a Tudor. I love Tudors. With trees. And, hey, only $3.8M. Pocket change, right?

Sniff. I just know someone else is going to snap it up before I can find that in the couch cushions, and who would ever give it up again? If I owned that place, I would hang onto it with my claws in, die there, and haunt it for all eternity.

Well, there's nothing wrong with my taste, I guess....
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chocolatepot From: chocolatepot Date: April 20th, 2005 12:05 am (UTC) (Link)
I've just decided to start walking for exercise lately. Over spring break, I'm walking to and from school every day for Pippin rehearsal; I plan to walk around the development--so entertaining--after school comes back. I suppose I could walk home from school on normal days as well--it's about a half-hour walk.

I want that house, too. Maybe we could combine your couch change with my babysitting pay, and work out some sort of timeshare thing?
falasta From: falasta Date: April 20th, 2005 12:19 am (UTC) (Link)
San Francisco (where I live) is a lovely city for walking, and I've recently been deliberately trying to explore the city on foot, too.

I completely understand and sympathize with your love of Tudors. The house I grew up in (my parent's), is an old fashioned Tudor, with a big lawn and English plane trees out front. My parents bought it back when people could actually afford houses =) I'm completely in love with it, and my heart is going to break when they retire and have to sell it.
From: fungus_files Date: April 20th, 2005 04:12 am (UTC) (Link)
hi fernwithy - thought I should do the drop in and say hi. have friended you cos I've followed and liked reading your various postings in meta and HP forums. didn't want you to think I was a stalker/LJ-crasher. ;)

also - and this is even on-topic! - city walking is wonderful where I am in Melbourne (Australia). most of the best cafes and shops are tucked into side alleys that you'd never see if not travelling on foot. and, apparently, the city's also got some excellent back alley graffiti!
truebluespark From: truebluespark Date: April 20th, 2005 05:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Okay, I've made a note: in the future when I'm fabulously wealthy and have invented a time machine, come back to April 2005 and give $4 million to Fern.

Well, might as well make it $5 or $6 million, as long as I'm making the trip.

*chuckle* Sounds like a lovely place. And I should do more walking myself. It's been ages since I walked anywhere outside of to/from anime club and from work.
volandum From: volandum Date: April 20th, 2005 06:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Would my taking over the world help that project?
truebluespark From: truebluespark Date: April 20th, 2005 06:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Couldn't hurt. As long as you're a benevolent ruler and fund my time-travel development. *grin*
volandum From: volandum Date: April 20th, 2005 06:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, certainly. But you'd better come back alive, or I will track down your returned self.

It will be a pleasure. Have fun!
atropos87 From: atropos87 Date: April 20th, 2005 12:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I completely agree with you. I'm a Londoner and I love walking around this city. You just see so much more than if you go everywhere by Tube. Plus it's a heck of a lot cheaper than the gym :)
sannalim From: sannalim Date: April 20th, 2005 09:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, if you need roommates to help you with the mortgage after you buy the house, I'll be looking for post-doctoral positions in a couple more years and Harvard and MIT are places I might be looking.

When I was in Providence last week I thought to myself, "next time I'm in the Boston area, I definitely have to stalx Fern and hang out with her." :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 20th, 2005 10:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, definitely, stalk me. Drop me an e-mail if you're going to be in the area.
scionofgrace From: scionofgrace Date: April 21st, 2005 05:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Total understanding about the drooling. Just about every day I drive past one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the city--called Dundee, actually. And I just drool at the elegant brick and/or half-timber houses with their tidy lawns and tall windows and grand porches.

Walking is definitely a wonderful exercise.
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