Thursday, October 3, 2013

Walk this way

I have a few missives that are too important to leave for the postal carrier. The mortgage payment, the checks for property tax, and quarterly health insurance -- those I walk myself, to the post office. It's just a mile back and forth.

It's a nice walk to the Altadena Post Office. I cut through this alley



Then head back home, past the pet store



Past Lori's Websters.



There's a photography studio on our left



And a bus stop up ahead. I didn't ask these guys if a photo opp was in their future.



But I asked these two, outside El Patron restaurant, if I could take a shot. And they said, "Of course!"



After the gas station, we head up the hill.



And the landscape reminds me of a ski jump. I tried to capture this feeling, but someone was walking behind, and I thought my snapping might make him nervous.



"I'm not shooting you," I said, as he passed. But then I changed my mind and caught up to him. "I'd like to take your picture."

"What's it for?"

"My blog..." and here I was going to make myself bigger and more important than I am.

"Your blog?" he said. "That's awesome."




28 comments:

  1. What a good idea for a post! A day in the life. Is the restaurant any good?

    Call me paranoid, or just chicken shit, but I think your gender will have an easier time with strangers than mine.

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  2. Talking to strangers isn't so bad, its walking in the dark... My neighborhood is 'safe', still I can't get the nerve to walk at night by myself.. Bet you made that jogger's day (night)! :-)

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  3. Thanks for taking us on your short 'trip'.

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  4. Thanks for the walk.

    You are brave to speak to strangers. Never know what you will get back.

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  5. I'm not brave, I had Captain Midnight at my side.

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  6. Yes, that makes it easier and safer. I miss my dog.

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  7. I loved joining you on your walk. Although, I confess I thought by the title that you might be chronicling another quasi-trespassing adventure. I'm also amazed at your ability to get people to agree to having their photo taken - for your blog, no less. The one time I tried it, the woman looked at me as though I was an escapee from the local looney bin. I may have been, but that's not the point.

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  8. I hope the subject of your last image finds his picture. He was cool with it and should see himself in print, or whatever we call e-publication. Maybe not his ultimate 5 minutes of fame, but it's a start.

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  9. I saw the actor John C. Reilly with family in El Patron. I didn't have the nerve to ask to photograph him for my blog.

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  10. I like the path you walk. I used to have such a route when I lived in the city. No more and I miss it more than I knew I would....

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  11. I never thought of upper Lake as a ski jump before, but you're right! Driving down from the Cobb Estate, I always have to gasp at the audacity of that road built in a straight line all the way down the alluvial fan. (Now I'm just showing off). But I don't recommend walking up or down there in the evening without a fluorescent jacket on. I don't see too well in the dark.

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  12. To PA's point, we do have a few celebrities up here, and I think it's pretty cool they've chosen Altadena rather than Beverly Hills.

    As for shooting strangers, I have been told no, but that's pretty rare.

    Altadena is a great town to walk at night; traffic is the only issue. An illuminated leash would probably be a smart idea.

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  13. Banjo may have a point about the gender thing, but I think Captain Midnight is a fine ice breaker. Your pedestrian picture is just great. I hope he finds it.

    And there's no problem walking around here after dark, either. Our local cop is always at his office, the front porch of the deli.

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  14. Thanks for taking us along on your walk!

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  15. I used to make that drive more regularly than I do now. I don't remember ever walking it at night.

    I think the celebrities who move to Altadena do so because Altadena is itself, and they get to be themselves.

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  16. I can't tell you how nice it was to take a walk with you. I love where we live now, but it's in the middle of nowhere and requires a car for even a trip to our "local" (18 miles away!) p.o. I miss being able to walk to do my errands and chatting with people along the way.

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  17. Slice O'Altadena Life. I used to do "the drive home" when I was blogging.

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  18. I loved to walk with you and visit vicariously Altadena!
    Just a great idea for a post.

    As I don't travel abroad, I love to "travel" through Google Street View and I love to walk around many blog's friend cities. Another day I did a "promenade" to Altadena and I can see you live in a gorgeous city!

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  19. Ah! Please, I would love to see some photos of Altadena at the day light. Would be great!

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  20. Hmmm, daylight pictures. We'll have to cherry-pick those. The town looks better when the lights are low. But everything outside the town-proper is quirky, rustic, or downright beautiful.

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  21. I enjoyed your Walk to the Post Office! The PO might wanna use them in their marketing ahead of the next stamp hike.
    Next time when a citizen asks, "what's it for?", just say, "I'm a staff photog for Homeland Security."

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  22. I am looking forward to seeing the pictures!
    Thanks!

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  23. Thanks for taking us for a walk! I kind of got the ski jump feeling from the photo. I've never asked a person if I could take their photo. I understand why people do it, but so far, so good...

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  24. Yep! A nice walk...probably still a bit warm down there??? TheChief is gone so I'm taking Big Puppy on her nightly walks...you know...bundle up...get the flashlight...watch out for critters while walking in the pitch black... But ohhhhh...those stars!!!!

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  25. Oh I like that. I am going to do a local walk tour, but in New York, people will hit you if you even ask to take a shot of them. I've had total strangers flip me the bird! But you have inspired me and I am going to do it!

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  26. Looks like a nice walk and plent of company along the way.

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