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Urban Alchemy

I walked home tonight after Andy Serkis' talk at the UW, which I attended with a last-minute invite from Dave, John, and Jenny. It was one of those walks that turns everything to gold: the clouds underlit with orange light, the glitter of streetlights in the wet pavement, the rhythm of the hills and the peekaboo view from along 15th to the west.

I tried out my pimp walk, strutting to the headphones. Cars made the noise they only make when the streets are slick. I crossed against the lights, and scared myself balancing along the sidewalk over the Ravenna gorge. It felt like midnight, music rocking from a trashy station wagon, the burst of diesel at a bus stop, the smoke and chatter of winos at the University shelter. The city was pulsing all around me, people going on about their evenings. Dogs walked their owners with a little extra tug at the leah. Jazz suddenly made sense.

Call me an Urban Romantic; the 40 blocks passed in no time. I walked in the door about 9. Screw the suburbs.

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mckitterick
Jan. 17th, 2004 05:07 am (UTC)
Cool, thanks. Yeah, I bet you're wondering, "How in the hell did we ever choose to live in 'burbland?" after that.

Chris
the_monkey_king
Jan. 17th, 2004 07:25 pm (UTC)
You live in downtown Lawrence, don't you? And the small towns have their own charms. It's just that the city sometimes has magic.
mckitterick
Jan. 19th, 2004 12:28 am (UTC)
No, silly monkey-king, I meant when you chose to live in Rentony burbland...

Not much of Lawrence looks like a 'burb, expect the Kansas-City bedroom community section.

Chris
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