June 9 — North of 17th, East of Main

North of 17th, west of railroad, south of 21st, east of Main

Total for today 21,440 steps and 3:27 time.

One new license plate today… Vermont — cumulative 43.

Finished a book by a local author…  The Dog Stars by Peter Heller.  Son-in-law David lent it to me after he read it.  It’s a post-apocalyptic story about a man and his dog that have a base set up at the Erie airport (for any non-local readers, Erie is a town about 7 miles south of Longmont.   All the action takes place in Colorado.

The first 50 pages I kind of struggled through, because he wrote it in a choppy, kind of stream-of-consciousness style, which I don’t usually care for.  As the book progressed, I got used to it, and the storyline became more interesting to me… so I would say I ended up enjoying the book, giving it a guarded thumbs-up.  (warning to potential readers… it is slightly R-rated in a few areas, but nothing too shocking).

Back to the day’s walk….

I’ve heard of the Ghent car dealership for many years.  I don’t know if it’s named for the owner, or after the city in Belgium, or what.  The city in Belgium is famous for being where the peace  treaty for the War of 1812 was signed… which comes up often as a trivia question.  It also reminds me of the Ghent altarpiece, which I vaguely remember from an Art History class I took many years ago.

Ghent altarpiece wiki

North17EastMain 002Jennifer and I have seen this cool pickup several times driving around Longmont; now I know where it calls it’s home.  This picture doesn’t do it justice…  the color of it changes from blue to purple to kind of  green as  you see it from different angles.   I guess it’s some high-tech new-fangled expensive paint job.   Makes me wonder what color it’s listed as on it’s vehicle registration!!?!

color-shifting pickup!

color-shifting pickup!

 

This nice-looking house looked fairly well-maintained from the outside, but all the doors and windows were boarded up.  Must be a sad story there somewhere.  Hope it gets all fixed up and occupied again soon.

North17EastMain 009

My google map that I used for my walk today printed off with the correct Atwood St. south of 17th, but an incorrect Maplewood Dr. north of 17th.  Is this another instance of a ‘purposeful error’ by Google for copyright protection?

This squirrel and I had a stare-down for a minute or so, as it sat atop a narrow pole that was about 8 feet high.  In the squirrels’ honor, I’m going to put in a  reference to both the early 20th century fad of flag-pole sitting, and the Christian ascetic St.SimeonStylites…  who sat atop a pillar in Syria for 37 years!!

Flagpole sitting fad wiki

St. Simeon Stylites wiki

Simeon  Squirrelites

Simeon Squirrelites

This is not a good picture, washed out because of the sun, but these two bushes were cut into a cube shape, which I thought was kind of cool…

Cube-shaped bushes

Cube-shaped bushes

 

Garage door artwork

Garage door artwork

 

Party last night --- cleanup  can wait until today!

Party last night — cleanup can wait until today!

 

Lanyon Park artwork

Lanyon Park artwork

 

Giant ant cluster -- (cigarette butt at left gives scale)

Giant ant cluster — (cigarette butt at left gives scale)

 

Pickup warning

Pickup warning

 

Roof entry/exit

Roof entry/exit

 

interesting design

interesting design

 

Two teams to cheer for!!

Two teams to cheer for!!

 

Sidewalk memories

All My Friends — 1993

 

Nicely decorated porch

Nicely decorated porch

 

Some nice places to visit

Some nice places to visit

 

McDonald's Music

McDonald’s Music

 

Back-yard petrified wood?

Back-yard petrified wood?

 

 

One thought on “June 9 — North of 17th, East of Main

  1. I sooo wish my knees were able to accompany you on this adventure! What a FANTASTIC idea. My prayers and best wishes are with you and any angry dogs you may come upon.

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