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890 On the Streets
Sidewalks Closed, Alpine Starts, Free Coffee ...

During some recent walks, dog walks, runs, bike rides, and commutes, these are a few interesting observations ...


We are still in a large (for us) remodeling project. The floors are currently being refinished and we have left the house until it is safe to return. So we are staying a few days with Diane. During the daytime Jon and Laura let me move my computer to their house and I am working from there. We are trying to keep the schedule as normal as can be, but it is difficult.

This was our first morning of driving in with the traffic. We live close to town but Diane lives in Bellevue. Instead of waking at 6, we started at 5. It is still really dark at 5 in the winter. It sort of reminded us of an alpine start. Instead of beating the thunderstorms, we were beating the traffic. Oh, the early start worked, traffic was not bad at all.

Also we wish to thank everyone for the hospitality they have shown.

Panera Bread

Yesterday, as I waited to pick Amy up after work, I stopped at Panera Bread for coffee. As I waited a few minutes in line, I tried to decide if I wanted anything to eat ... Panera makes delicious cinnamon bagels, but we were eating dinner with Diane and I didn't want to ruin my appetite. I stepped up and ordered a large coffee to go. The polite counter worker gave me a cup and graciously said there was no charge! Wow! Thanks, Panera Bread. We will return for more bagels and coffee - soon.


A Golden Retriever, Jake, has lived with us for ten years. He has been with us since he was a puppy and you would think we would know his habits by now, but from time to time we are still surprised.

Raking the leaves, Jake for the first time in his life decided leaves would make a good bed. As each pile was made, he made it his bed. It was hard to make him move, but very easy to catch a photographic memory.


Near Vanderbilt University, a utility construction crew has closed the sidewalk on one side of a busy street. A sign directs sidewalk traffic to cross the busy street (without a signal nearby) and use the sidewalk on the other side of the street. The only problem is, the sidewalk on the other side of the street is also closed! I stopped running that route for fear of dying.

Happy Commuting trails


other On the Streets from the Journal

On the Streets - Halloween 12 - 723

On the Streets - Christmas - 744

On the Streets - Late December - 750

On the Streets - February - 774

On the Streets - Spring - 794

On the Streets - Blimp - 801

On the Streets - Sidewalks - 856

On the Streets - Halloween 13 - 878

On the Streets - December - 890

On the Streets - Christmas '13 - 896


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