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The weekend was quite nice. We watched movies and went for walks and had a generally low-key time. When we were at the park yesterday I thought a lot about the differences between Portland and Corvallis when it comes to being outside.

Maybe it's just me, but when I thought about having to go to Safeway a mile or so down the road from my Portland apartment, I thought of it as a chore. I was never excited to go, even when I drove. I even drove to work every morning, and that was barely a third of a mile.

But now when we go almost anywhere, we walk. We walk to Hollywood Video on the other side of downtown. We walk to Safeway. We walked to pick up Cory's grandparents from their motel when they visited last week, and then the four of us walked to a restaurant to have dinner. I've walked to all of my interviews/potential places of employment except for one.

And I love it. I love being outside and slowing down a little bit. I love expending a little energy. I love not being annoyed that the closest parking spaces in front of the apartment are being taken up by people who don't even live here, so I have to park across the street or a block away.

And when I get a bike, it'll be even better, I think. Then we can even bike to the movie theatre!

Which reminds me, I found out yesterday that across the street from the old shut-down Whiteside Theatre will be a new theatre called Darkside (heh). It's going to play artsy non-mainstream movies. I'm excited - that'll make two in downtown Corvallis!

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rini
May. 17th, 2004 09:27 am (UTC)
We walk all the time in Portland :-) I think so much of it has to do with the fact that you lived in soul killing SW/Beaverton! We walk to Blockbuster, we walk or bike to Safeway, I bike to the gym, we take the dogs for long walks around the neighborhood, we walk up the street for coffee. When we're at friends' houses we often walk to a restaurant or bar. We bike to my parents and walk to Trader Joe's from there and then bike home.
It really has so much to do with where you live in Portland- SE, NE and downtown are perfect for walking or biking everywhere. The suburbs are not.

I'm glad you're enjoying Corvallis though :-)
yechezkiel
May. 17th, 2004 09:54 am (UTC)
Corvallis is a walking town? You guys sure you don't need a live-in cook, trained in the arts of farmhouse cooking?
rivulet
May. 17th, 2004 09:57 am (UTC)
Well, if you want to come cook for us, you're definitely welcome. But you'd have to live on the papasan. :P
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