Sunday, June 6, 2010

Easily Entertained

Tony was out tonight, so I ate dinner on my own, then decided to take a walk.  A stroll through the neighborhood sounded dull, though, and I tried to think of some way to make it exciting as I gathered the newspaper to throw it in the recycling bin.  The travel section was on top of the pile, and on the front page there was an article about old-fashioned games for road trips.  One of them was car bingo. That made my mind start working...I wonder if I could come up with a walking "bingo"?

I started making a list of things that you might see on a typical suburban walk.  Soon I had two dozen items, and I set out from the house to see how many I could find.  My route tonight took me down several subdivision streets and through a high school and middle school grounds. I ended up finding more than half the things, and looking for them made my walk go quickly.

My list and the results:
  •  A For Sale sign…There were several along my route 
  • Someone walking a dog…It was a great night for dogs and their people to be out.
  • Someone cutting the grass…I saw a few people, and heard several more lawnmowers
  • A kid riding a bike on the sidewalk…There were no kids anywhere on my route
  • Wildlife (other than birds)…One rabbit nibbling on some clover
  • A van or SUV with a decal on the back window…I saw one high school and one college cling
  • A police car…Heard a siren in the distance, but didn't see one
  • Road kill…Sadly, there was a bird that had been dead for quite some time
  • Old newspaper in driveway…Several houses had one of these
  • Beer or soda can…I saw three. Why do people need to throw their trash all over?
  • Fast food trash…Again with the trash!
  • A pizza delivery car…Not tonight, even though it was dinner time
  • Portable storage unit…Someone at the end of my street had one delivered the other day.
  • Orange road construction cones…Yes. It's street repair season!
  • A baby stroller…Surprisingly, I didn't see any babies
  • Sprinkler…Yes, and it was spraying right down the middle of the sidewalk!<
  • A car blasting loud music…None…I was pleasantly surprised
  • Old garage sale sign…Left over from yesterday's neighborhood sale
  • Someone I knew…Not one, but two. Stopping to talk added twenty minutes to my walk.

10 comments:

  1. What a great idea! I may have to try this....smiles.

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  2. when I started reading this I was just sure it was going to say "Tony was out tonight, so I ate dinner on my own....driving over to get a St. Paul's sandwich and an eggroll" LOL! At least that is probably what I would have done!

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  3. Emom-Let me know if you do, or if you come up with your own list.

    Betsy-Too funny! Going out WAS tempting. However, I ended up cooking so there'd be leftovers for me to take for lunch today.

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  4. Great idea! However, when I'm running around St L, I'm doing "shopping Bingo". Weekends Only...Cornacupia... the Bug Store... Gringo Jones... ;-D

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  5. Teri-I LIKE your choice of stores.

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  6. I like that Kathy. I make up stories about the people I see as part of my entertainment. I am going to have to try your bingo. Whatever it takes to get out there and do it and make it fun. TALU

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    1. Kenya, you're right...whatever it takes:-)

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  7. That's a great idea. I'll have to try it. TALU

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  8. Love this and now that the weather is nice, my husband and I talk the girls in their wagon for a walk usually in the evenings. And so have to try this!! :) #TALU

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    1. Sounds like a great family activity!

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