Monday, December 16, 2013

My new neighborhood is a little weird, and I like it

I've recently gone back to my dumbphone days and started running "naked" again — the cold weather kills my battery so fast that it's unnecessary dead weight in my pocket.

It's not like I'm training for anything, so I don't need to know my pace or splits; I'm also not doing solo night runs or venturing so far out into the wilderness that I fear for my safety when phone-free.

The most important purpose the iPhone has been serving, therefore, has been to take photos of the quirky things I find on my new routes. Such as:

A "little free library" outside someone's home. 
I've never seen an informal library outside of a coffee shop or a hotel, but I'm glad to find this — mostly because bookworms like to know they're not alone, but partly because then I have a backup plan if I run out of reading material while the library system is closed.

Traveling shrimp salesmen?
My parents live in the country, so I'm used to seeing roadside stands with produce. I've spent my entire life in the Midwest, so I'm *not* used to seafood tents. And no, I didn't buy any.

I think this was at the Jimmy John's on Grand.
I really hope someone has parked here illegally, and the business owner followed through with the graffiti's threat instead of calling a tow truck.


  1. These photos are hilarious. I would so much rather be tickled than ticketed...or maybe I wouldn't. I used to live in a small town that had a book swap at the town dump. Got lots of gems there. And my building in NYC now has a communal bookshelf in the basement next to the laundry room. Take a book, leave a book. I love it!

  2. Apparently my grandparents' town of 1,000 also has a book swap spot -- I'm clearly way behind the times in paying attention :) But you raise a good point about tickling versus ticketing. On the one hand, paying a parking fine feels like setting your money on fire, but on the other hand ... who's doing the tickling? A little scary!