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A walk in my neighborhood…

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All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”

~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Yesterday evening was so nice, and I was feeling somewhat stunned from some meds I was on but still needed to get out of the house, so I went for a walk. I have always loved to walk in cities. I may walk a bit slower than I once did, and it may take me longer to get to a destination, but still I love to walk. Walking in cities is always inspiring to me, and I am lucky enough to live in a historic neighborhood where the architecture itself is inspiring. Anyhow, I simply meandered the streets like a tourist in my own town and snapped a few photos. Here’s a few of the things I saw. Click any for a slightly larger image.

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Meet James…He’s Walking for Water

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It’s interesting, the people one may encounter when walking or biking and not rushing by in a 2000lb shell, otherwise known as a car. Such was the case when I was pedaling home from a coffee shop this morning. I noticed this guy walking with a trailer attached to his waist. That’s interesting, I thought. Then I see a newscaster getting her gear set up to interview him. So I stopped. It turns out James is walking across the country, from Princeton, NJ to San Jose, CA to raise money and awareness to the inaccessibility to drinking water in Africa. He was passing through Buffalo today and on to Canada tomorrow. Here’s some info from his website:

“Hi, my name is James Leitner. When I was seventeen, I was completing a project for one of my high school classes and searched for “water issues” on Google. What I wanted to do with my life changed with that simple search. I learned that 1 billion people in the world do not have access to clean drinking water. At that moment, I wanted to dedicate my life to helping people gain access to this vital aspect of life. Since then, I have helped various nonprofits raise funds in order to build wells in the Central African Republic and Tanzania. I have provided technical assistance to villages in Tanzania and assisted them in maintaining their wells.”

 

With so much negativity in the news these days it is really refreshing to see the good work so many do in our world, such as what James is doing. To donate or read more about his mission (there’s tons of information), visit his website or Facebook page.

A few things I saw while walking in the snow today…

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So I’ve said this before (regarding all-weather bike riding) but I have to say it again…I may be a little crazy–ok, a lot crazy–but I’m not stupid. If the weather gets too bad I just walk, and that’s what I did today. This winter–even by Buffalo standards–has been a challenging one to say the least. I’m not sure when they started naming winter storms (is this something new?) but this one is called Winter Storm Neptune. Anyhow, I was feeling the effects of cabin fever this morning and took an elongated walk to a coffee shop. I took a few photos, these are my favorites. Click any for a larger view.

Urban Simplicity.

Snow White Buffalo in Black-and-White

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So last night the huge winter storm that clobbered the Midwest hit Buffalo en route to New England. The weather predictions were only for 8-10″ of snow but it ended up being more like two feet. I had off of work and had a few errands to run so I bundled up, grabbed a camera, and walked (I thought about riding a bike but the side streets still had at least a foot of snow on them). Anyhow, it was really a beautiful walk. I walked for probably a few miles and was so bundled up I was actually sweating even though the temperature was something like 11F. Anyhow, here’s a few of what I saw. Click any for a slightly larger view.

Urban Simplicity.

A few things I saw while walking and riding my bike recently (before the snow)…

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Specialists in take out orders, a manger wrapped in plastic on the sidewalk, and nine other things I saw while walking…

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Abigail…too cute for words

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This is Abigail, I met her on my walk home from work today. The human that she owns was walking with her and she was being stubborn, not wanting to move. It’s all I could do is smile. I asked her human if I could take Abagail’s photo to which he agreed, but he also said that she didn’t like people much so she would likely ignore me. After I pet her (at which she did basically ignore me) I knelt down with the camera and she came right up to it and posed. Just for a few seconds of course, but long enough for me to snap a few photos. These are two of my favorites. Thank you Abigail for making my day, and for your human to allowing me to take your photo.

Urban Simplicity.

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