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!