Friday, July 30, 2010

Friday Five: Love the One You're With

Today's RevGalBlogPals Friday Five invitation:  Please name five things you like about where you are living now... and as your bonus - 1 thing you don't like.

The view from my deck
1.  The view from my deck.  It looks out over a river valley and up a modest mountain in the distance.  Along the side of the mountain, I can see the tiny cars on the turnpike and the tunnel they are approaching or exiting.  The Applachian trail runs lower along the mountain following the path of the river.  Sitting on my deck, I can enjoy sunsets, moon phases and fireworks. 

The diner and train
2.  The almost-world-famous 24-hour diner.  Just a three-block walk from my house, I have enjoyed some very fine conversations with some very special people over some pretty decent meals there.  I wish they didn't have a sign that says, "We may refuse service to anyone for any reason" and I wish their coffee was better.  They make great chocolate milk shakes, though!

3.  I can hear the train from my house.  I like a distant train whistle in my world on a semi-regular basis.

4.  I have wonderful next-door neighbors.  The last three places I've lived, I've been blessed with better-than-good neighbors.  That's something that you can't make happen.

5.  "Some" people look down on where I live.  It's a small town that is considered, by some in these parts, to be not the coolest town around.  It was once a very blue collar mining town.  It's the kind of place people fancy moving up from.  Strangely enough, that makes living here all the more appealing to me.

BONUS:  One thing I don't like:   The freakin' firehouse sirens!  C'mon guys, it's 2010.  Put technology to work and ditch the sound pollution.


DogBlogger said...

When I first started college at a campus near the train tracks, I hated the train. But over the years it became a comfort to me. I was thrilled when we bought this house and, as I drifted off to sleep, I discovered I could hear a faint train whistle from the master bedroom.

Martha Williams Jordan said...

I love diners and wish we had one in our town. The ability to go at 2am is something I miss. (Now I am not sure I would be awake and able to go at 2 am to a diner...but I want to have the ABILITY to do it if I could)

angela said...

Nothing better than a one-stop-light town in my book. It's better that I don't live in walking distance of a diner.

We hear the train on our morning walk though it is across the river and in the middle of town.

Rebecca Ramsey said...

How I love the sound of a far off train. And you can enjoy mountains too--and a diner within walking distance? It sounds terrific.

Muthah+ said...

Sharon, I taught in South Oak Cliff when I was young. Dallas was just integrating its schools--now you know HOW old I am.

Do you come back to the sunny south? I am sure you know that folks in the north MAKE us Texans if we aren't dyed-in-the-wool before we get there.

I know the beauty in which you live. And I have found that the folks who live in that part of the world tend to be salt of the earth types. But I am sure you can get to Bethlehem better than Bighamton.