I took my 'sometimes' Tuesday walk - I say sometimes because bad
weather and business scheduling make me cancel. As you immediately
see, I'm easily influenced. Anyway, I generally take this walk
between 5:30 am and 6:00 am, and not only is it good exercise, but
it gives me time to plan my day and just plain think about anything
that is important to me at the moment. I enjoy these walks so much
that I decided I would share them with you visitors and see what
you thought. The first thing I want to tell you is my background
is not writing, it's engineering, and even that was so long ago
that I don't know anything about that either. Because of this,
anything I write should be immediately edited, but as I walked,
I thought that editing would probably take the spontaneity out it.
So after some more thought, I decided to go it alone, even if it
sounded a little folksy. So here goes.
As we move
towards spring and the days get longer, I start my walk a little
earlier. My home is located about 15 minutes from the plaza, which
is the very heart of my beloved city. This morning, instead of starting
to walk from home, I had a slightly different plan. I decided to
drive to the plaza so that after my walk I could have coffee at
'The French Pastry Shop & Creperie' along with you know what.
Well you don't go to a French pastry shop and just have coffee.
The reason for the car is I didn't want to lug what I planned to
consume all the way back home on foot. After all I would have already
walked an hour!!! You see, when it comes to rationalization, I
can do it with the best of them.
in the morning, my feeling is that the plaza belongs almost solely
to me. I'm not a window shopper, as most men are not, but at that
time of the morning it was fun looking into all the well-lighted
and excellently displayed windows, and they were all mine alone.
I think most of us tend to follow a basically fixed path most everyday
regardless of where we live and sometimes it's kind of fun to deviate.
As I walked along, you could see the city - I still prefer to think
of it as a town - coming alive. The newspaper people were setting
up at their locations. Delivery and garbage truck drivers were busy
doing their jobs. The St. Francis Cathedral, which is located one
block east of the plaza, was in full splendor as it reached for
the heavens and at the same time gave me the feeling of spreading
an umbrella of spiritual peace over the plaza. I'm sure that at
5:30 in the morning in any city there is a tranquil feeling, but
somehow Santa Fe is kind of special.
hour of hard walking and gawking in the store windows, I ended up
stopping at the pastry shop to have my coffee and!!! My car was
parked directly in front of the door as planned. At that time in
the morning the patrons are mostly made of regular customers. A
number of them are quite colorful and interesting characters to
observe. Linda, a new waitress, came immediately to take my order,
which I was immediately wanting to give after my hour's walk. After
an enjoyable two cups of coffee and a you know what - OK, a cinnamon-raisin
roll - I headed home to get ready for another day.
In the future,
I plan to tell you more about the various stores and events in the
general proximity of the plaza. I hope to give you an insider's
point of view. My idea is to reacquaint those of you that have
been in Santa Fe before and acquaint those of you haven't been to
If I'm coming
off too folksy, let me know and I'm have Richard McCord edit my
writing as I know should be the case, or I'll eliminate the idea
Have a good