January 26, 2014

Back in My Old Neighborhood

I've moved to Oakland's Lake Merritt after 12 years of moving all around the US, world and the Bay Area. My first day as a new resident in my old hood and Brian and I took a walk around the lake. We ran into three people I know: one each from 12 years ago, 5 years ago and this past year. It was like a walk through my distant past, recent past and present.

The best reconnection was the last one - when Brian and I walked into Lucky's grocery store and as I picked up an Odwalla the security guard looked me in the eyes and said, "what's your name?" I said, "my name? Amy" and he responded, "I'm Ben." and then I instantly remembered that he had been the security guard from the building I first lived in on Lake Merritt 12 years ago. Suddenly I realized that I was back in my old neighborhood and that I'm super happy with my choices.

January 23, 2014

Final Neighborhood Meal

I'm moving tomorrow and decided to eat at a place in my hood that I've never dined at before -KFC/Pizza Hut. I told the cashier why I chose to eat here and she gave me a warm smile. Sure, it is an unhealthy meal but at least I received excellent service.

January 19, 2014