You get a lot of time to think when you’re pounding the pavement. Sometimes I just mouth the words to whatever song is blasting away on my iPod. Sometimes I mull over a string of numbers (work numbers, keto numbers, financial numbers, etc…). And sometimes, I have long, in-depth conversations with the various voices in my head…just to work shit out.
Sometimes, it’s the only intelligent conversation I have all day…
For a while now, I’ve called this little stretch of my walk the Cathedral.
It’s nothing that special, really. The owners of this particular piece of property decided to plant bushes all along the boundary of their lot. Those plantlings did what greenery does, and grew – eventually getting tall enough to clasp branch-hands with the trees on the median. For the entire spring & summer, the branches have been trimmed back over the sidewalk so people don’t have to push through the bush to get where they’re going – but they haven’t trimmed more than that.
It’s a landmark on my journey where I stop for just a moment, and breathe a huge sigh of relief. It’s here that I get out of the hot sun and soak in a little shade. In my head, this little canopy is the ‘official’ boundary between the industrial leg and the park leg, and marks where I’m ‘officially’ on the way home.
But this morning – I walked up to the Cathedral in horror.
LOOK AT WHAT THEY DID!
The Cathedral has fallen! Those murdering bastards BUTCHERED it!
I got half a mind to march up to the door and give ’em a serious piece of the mind I’ve got left.
…Deep breath…calm and focus…oh yea, that’s right…I don’t do confrontation…
Upon closer inspection of the carnage, I can kinda/sorta understand why the bushes had to come down. Looks like they were tangling up the power or cable lines running to the house.
But still….SLAVERING HEADBLIND SOULLESS BASTARDS KILLED MY LANDMARK!
OK…I feel slightly better now…
Couldn’t they have allowed just ONE more Autumn display of color that I could aim my camera at before the wholesale slaughter ensued?