Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Memories and memos
One thing that came back to me one day was the memory of a rack of hula hoops on the sidewalk outside Marley's Stationary Store. I miss those small-town shops along Main Street, where I could run in and pick up a couple puzzles for a children's birthday party as well as some pens and legal pads for home and a candy bar if I was hungry. Those were the days! One stop shopping all over town and especially in the commercial core.
The other thing I do as I'm walking is make mental notes about what looks good, or needs fixing, or could use a little tweeking. As a public official I need to know which sidewalks are buckling and where hedges need trimming and I try to remember what I observe all over the village. Being up close and personal helps and things are obvious when I'm walking that I wouldn't notice if I were driving. For instance, the stones in the sidewalks. Every time we put in new sidewalks we talk about how much stone should be in the mix - more in the historic areas and less in the core. I love the sidewalk by Hook Mill - its almost like cobblestone, but with smaller stones and pebbles. I'll remember that stretch the next time we're doing one.
Memories and memos keep my mind occupied while I get my exercise and they both make the time go quickly. I hate working up a sweat so any distraction is welcome....