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Upon reflection
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christopher575
The neighborhood's got me hooked! I wasn't even sure I'd go for a walk this morning after so much back pain from standing around yesterday, but as soon as 6am rolled around today, I was ready to get out. I waited a little while longer and got geared up. Not too far into the walk, a truck going my same direction slowed down. I was just saying to my friend Barbara who I drove to and from the anniversary party yesterday that it always makes me uneasy when cars approach or slow down. The subject came up because we were on a street in the neighborhood where I've been nervous about cars slowing down nearby, but that street has speed bumps so it was nothing.

Thankfully the guy slowing down wasn't doing it to hurl insults or anything. He yelled something I didn't hear, so I pulled out an earbud and yelled, "Huh?" back. He said something along the lines of, "Your reflectors! That's good, I like those!" I get it. A very small percentage of people I see walking around wear bright colors and almost nobody wears reflectors. Mostly the safety gear I see on pedestrians seems to be on people who wear it for work and are walking to a bus stop. I won't leave home without it.



The light was good, so I decided to reverse the course I've followed lately.

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I wanted to see what was up with the bridge that goes to the beach that's been closed for so long. I know it's still closed, but I figured I'd see what there was to see. And I wanted to climb up and out via the stairs because I couldn't remember exactly where they emerge. It's clear that they're not worried about maintaining the road while it's closed to cars, not that I blame them.

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The last time I was there, they had a big wooden wall set up, blocking the view of the bridge completely. Now it's got a locking gate.

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Once I got back up out of there, I left via a different road that I've probably only been on once or twice. Glad I went that way, it's got several really cool midcentury modern homes that were nice to ogle.

Today's awesome walk, 5.04 miles in 1:34, 10,832 steps, 638ft gain
5.04 miles in 1:34, 10,832 steps, 638ft gain

I'm going to be intentionally vague when describing the rest of my morning, because otherwise I'll give away a Christmas surprise. I've got an item on the way and some of the supplies for it will take a little longer, so I decided to stop by a store to see if I could get the supplies. I couldn't find what I was looking for, so I asked a guy where I could find it. He said they carried no such thing at all. I saw a variation on their site, but figured since he didn't think they had the item at all, there was no point in showing him they indeed did, since he still wouldn't know where to find it. I showed another guy what I was looking for on my phone and he said to check department X and possibly department Y. I'd already checked X, and it wasn't in Y.

Shopping in real life is so frustrating. Even if a store has something you're looking for, you may not be able to find it even if it's there. But at least the sky was cool when I left.

Close Encounters to the max.

I also ran into our neighbor we've hung out with a couple of times this morning and finally said we should get lunch this week, and exchanged numbers. I could use some socializing, and she's fun.


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People in cars should mind their own business!

Reflectors ARE essential when it's dark (and even when it's twilight!). I see so many cyclist in just black when it's dark and they just don't seem to realise people can't see them on the road. For walkers on a stretch of road which doesn't have clear pedestrian paths it's so important too.

I hate driving to and from work at night, because of the number of walkers who wear dark clothing, with no reflectors.

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