To the studio and back
I didn’t end up spending a lot of time at the studio today; I hadn’t planned to. There were a couple of things I wanted to do and it made a good excuse to go for a walk. I ended up doing more pen cleaning than pen using today but I did get a few lines down on a drawing and I picked up the things I wanted to bring home from the studio.
I’d seen the «NO PARKIN» curb paint before but it’s been quite a while since I walked down Tennessee Street this way. Tennessee Street dead-ends about every other block so it’s pretty much a street to walk but not drive on.
I stopped at the Good Life Grocery on top of Potrero and picked up a can of soup for dinner. Due to some sort of shipping error the UPS Store where I keep my mailbox had a whole bunch of sourdough rounds that they were giving away before they got thrown away. It’s been soup in a bread bowl every night since. On my way out of the grocery store I saw a woman I know and said hello. Though I forgot to mention it in yesterday’s run report I came upon a woman who used to have a studio in the building where I used to have a studio. I almost didn’t recognize her and ran past, but did a double-take over my shoulder and realized that it was someone I know. She was pushing her daughter in a stroller and I don’t think I’ve seen the daughter since she was just three or four months old.
It’s one of the things I find important in a neighborhood, that when I go out the door I encounter people I know. I see my neighbors on my block all the time and I’m very aware of how fortunate I am to know my neighbors. It has not been the case in every neighborhood I’ve lived in. It’s even better though to run into people I know when I’m not on my block. Encountering people I know in the neighborhood is what makes it a neighborhood and not just a part of town or a district.
For today’s walk I wore my Teva «sport sandals» instead of my Saucony running shoes. Tomorrow or Tuesday (depending on whether tomorrow is a rest day) I might try running in the Tevas. I suspect that they are too cushioned and too much like a running shoe to be considered «minimalist» footwear but it’s something that I can try out without the expense of buying new footwear.
Did you know that my studio is on the same street as the Hells Angels clubhouse? I snapped the picture on the way back from the studio. I didn’t run into anyone I know there.