Every Saturday I make a lonnnnnnng walk after I run errands, instead of taking the train. I picked this habit up in about April of last year, when the weather started getting really nice, and kept it up pretty much every Saturday until a couple of months ago.
Getting from point A to point B takes me about an hour, but it’s one of the best hours of my week. New York is so noisy, and I appreciate the reprieve from busyness. The neighborhood I walk through is pretty residential, so it’s always really quiet and peaceful. I pass maybe 15 people at max during those walks.
Every time, I put my iPod library on shuffle and start truckin’. It’s a successful walk if I can make it through the hour and get both “Doushite” and “Stand By U” on shuffle. Today, “Hurricane Venus” came on and I was thinking to myself, “Hmm, I’d prefer to listen to the live version of this instead…” so I skipped it. Skipped the next song too, and then voila, the live version of “Hurricane Venus” came on. Love when that happens.
The things I get out of these walks: 1) fresh air, 2) blue skies when possible, and 3) iPod music study time. Case in point: in the M version of “Two Moons,” there is one aberrant sound on the recording a second after one of Tao’s verses that isn’t there on the K version after one of Chanyeol’s. It drives me bonkers every time I hear it now. I hope you guys can find it. And if you can’t because you’re not a CRAZY PERSON, but it drives you nuts that you can’t find it, you can thank my long walks.
It was so cold today that I was tearing and sniffling like a crying lunatic. I also had to whack myself repeatedly in my thighs because they were starting to go numb. But it was still an awesome hour.
(Photo not from today. First-day-post-snow in the city is gross. City during snowfall is not.)