Describe the path to a favorite place of yours to walk in 2012. What’s meaningful about the place or the journey?
I admit that I don’t walk many places. I don’t work in the safest area to walk around and contemplate life, and it’s not really pretty either. We lived for two months walking distance to the grocery stores and restaurants, and I really enjoyed that time, but it was fleeting and held more utility for me than meaningfulness. But if I had to choose someplace that I love to walk, it would have to be the Claremont Village. It’s a few blocks of mostly independently run restaurants, coffee shops and stores that exemplifies the heart of a modern smaller town.
When we lived in Claremont, I probably went to the Village once or twice a week. I would park and walk up and down Yale, cross over Indian Hill to the Laemmle where I would watch a movie with one of my best friends, and we would go to Yogurtland and the clothing store, Nectar, on First after that. I associate that place with a lot of happiness and it reminds me lots of my friend, Rachel, who still attends school there. We have a routine when we go to the Village together. She was my friend when we were both new to town and I really depended on her when I felt lonely during my time of unemployment. I hope that I can make it back for more meaningful walks, talks, and moving films with Rachel in 2013. It’s been awhile, and I don’t really want to wait much longer.