Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Catchin' The Bus

 The two white scotties are a frequent sight for me on the way to the bus in the morning. Today, though, we are joined by another equally delightful critter. I've seen him before, too, just not as often. Today's doggy convention was a surprise and fun for a brief moment. The owners and I  talked about the rain we got last night, a grand total of 3/100 of an inch. (Who measures that stuff?) (3/100, really?)
 It was about 38 degrees (low single digits in celsius) and cloudy. But altogether not a bad day for a walk. My goal was Hillside and Central, 2 1/2 miles from home. There I would catch the bus. It will take about 50 minutes for the walk.

There are some fast food eateries on the way, starting off with the ubiquitous Sonic Drive Inn. I didn't take a picture of the McDonalds just up the road. You've seen one, you've seen 'em all. There's a Papa John's pizza place and a Dairy Queen along here.

The next pic, sorry for quality, takes a little explanation. Imagine a restaurant, actually a "speakeasy" in the 1920's with a little tower on top. As you look at the next pic, imagine that you are in the little tower of the "speakeasy" and watching out for the authorities. As you look west down Central Ave, you can see for about a mile or so. There actually was a little establishment right along here, torn down about 15 years ago with just that little tower of which I speak. The story goes that they would keep someone in that little tower and watch for the police coming down the street. If the police showed up, then they would have time to hide the "hooch" and act normal.  Right here, in little old Wichita KS.

 After crossing Oliver street, we come up on this little chinese restaurant that was converted from an old gas station. The Sesame Chicken here is to die for. I kid you not! The lady that runs the place doesn't speak the best English. She doesn't even ask for my name anymore because she knows my voice and that I almost always order the same thing. Jayna and I share one order of Sesame Chicken and eggroll. We can't eat any more than that. It's always "ready in about 15 minutes".

Then we get a little closer to the College Hill area, with some more exclusive homes. This street even gets it's own gate.

And near there, is something I've always wanted. A car with the owner's face painted on the side. Believe it or not, I actually know this guy and he does a little insurance for us at the office. He's okay, but I am sure nobody would want to see my face on a car. On a scooter?, Maybe!

Now, since we are in the College Hill area, I wanted to give the gentle reader an impression of just how immense this hill is. Be careful as you look down hill so you don't become disoriented. What is known as College Hill is actually more of just a ridge with total change in elevation of about 125 feet.

Toward the bottom of the hill we reach another restaurant that I like.

 It's a busy restaurant because it sits just across the street from a place that I visited for a few days almost exactly a year ago (twice). The hospital marks the end of my walking journey today, 2 1/2 miles from home and almost halfway to the office.

And finally the bus gets there and I ride the remainder of the way to the office.

Hope you are having a great day!


  1. cpa3485/JimBo:

    thanks for the restaurant walking tour. I don't think I could walk 2-1/2 miles each day. We've had torrential rains here, over an inch just since yesterday, and another storm coming tonight with lots more rain. Flooding is happening up north due to warm temps and snow melting.

    We have NO Sonics up here. I heard that they serve good Burgers. Sesame chicken sounds good, but have you tried Almond Chicken ? You know if you have the same old thing everytime then how can you try something new ? Feb 7th is less than 2 weeks . . .

    Riding the Wet Coast

  2. Bobskoot,
    Please send a little rain our way. Even a little snow would be nice for a change. Winter has been pretty boring here.
    And you don't want a Sonic, believe me. More calories of crap than you can imagine, IMHO.
    And Feb 7 is the day. If crappy weather, I'll take the car, but otherwise I'll be riding. The current plan is to walk/bus on Mon Wed Fri and ride Max or drive Monty (the famous Canadian Subaru) ON Tues Thur Sat.

    Been enjoying your latest pictures,
    Stay warm and dry my friend.

    Question for you. I saw Jack's name on Facebook recently. Should I ask to be his friend? Whaddya think? Dangerous? Your opinion?

  3. Jimbo/cpa3485:

    In case he is reading, I didn't say this:

    He is not as what he appears in print. I call him frequently, but not since he moved to Cape May as he has no phone and seldom turns his cell phone ON. He has no internet and has to "grab" signals from Starbucks or somewhere "on the fly".

    I decided a while ago that I didn't want to go on Facebook, so I don't. so you decide . . .

    Riding the Wet Coast

  4. Jim,
    Panera's here in St. Louis is called the St. Louis Bread Company. There is one very near where I live. It is actually where Heather and I met. We both went there in the morning and eventually began chatting occasionally in line, then sitting together a little and then...and then...

    I walk to another Bread Co. for lunch most days. I guess you could say it plays a rather big role in my life. It is a great people watching place, and obviously a great place to meet wonderful folk.

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