Escaping the Burbs
In recent pandemic months, many people have been fleeing crowded city housing and moving to the suburbs.
Today, I was itching to leave my Sugar Land suburb and drive into Houston. I've been reading about the pandemic inspired artwork, that can be found around the city.
As I headed downtown I felt excited to get out of my safe little bubble-burbs and see some city color. "This is a safe adventure." I reminded myself. "I'm putting no one at risk.
Once in the city, I took a few pics from my car window. Then, I scolded myself. "Great. You'll get in an accident and go to the hospital and be part of the problem." Every safe outing is questionable these days.
Even before I reached my destination, I spotted lots of curious scenes out my window.
I had plugged "Graffiti Park" into Google Maps. I've never been to this large lot, in Houston's East End.
So many colorful walls and so much paint! I parked and felt comfortable getting out of my car, when I spotted a couple families taking photos.
Some of the murals were dated, but they hardly needed dates. It was clear that these images were inspired by the happenings of 2020.
This little star was way above my head. "Give me 50 feet." Hmmm?
I hate selfies, but I had to do at least one snap, with my mask and this wonder painting by Blanco.
I took the silly selfie, then walked over to the wall, with blue sky and wings.
A workman in an orange vest saw me attempting another awkward selfie. He laughed and offered to take my picture.
Oh dear. This is why I stay in my bubble. I didn't want to be a snob and say "No thanks." I didn't want to be unsafe and hand my phone to a stranger.
But I answered "Sure." and I stretched my arm out to hand over my phone.
Stupid? Maybe. He took some photos and handed my cell back. I thanked him and grinned big behind my mask. I went straight to the car and out came the hand sanitizer and wipes. My phone and hands have never been cleaner.
I can't wait for the day when I no longer cringe, over a friendly encounter with a stranger!
I started this complaining list/blog, in May 2016. I posted 200 gripes about my breast cancer and then I was done.
On March 13, 2020, I started venting all over again, when another disease (starting with a C) interfered with my life. Only this time, it was affecting more than me. I ranted for a year, until I got my vaccine in March 2021.
Coronary Artery Disease was the reason I restarted this blog on September 26, 2021. This time it was Don who was dealing with a worry that started with the letter "C".
Coronavirus and Cancer, Coronary Artery Disease! All are evil, but none can totally get me down... if I vent! I usually end up feeling a little more positive at the end of each post!