A nasty batch of winter weather is supposed to start tomorrow night and last for a couple of days. Today started out chilly, but the temperature was forecast to rise into the low 50s. Guess which day Hubby Tony and I decided would be good for walking outside?
I had a quick mid-morning commitment that took me to the West Port Plaza area (about ten miles north of the house), so I told Tony to research interesting places that we haven't been to for a while. He came up with Overland, a municipality not too far from where he grew up.
After my commitment was finished we drove east, then turned and headed north towards a municipal park. We left the car there and started on the circular route Tony had laid out. On the walk we passed a mixture of residential and commercial buildings. The houses were well maintained, but many of the storefronts were empty.
In a section that looked like it could have been a small downtown area Tony pointed out the billiards parlor he used to visit with
his cousin as a teenager. It was open, so we went in. The man at the front desk let
us walk into the main room, which was filled with pool
tables. We didn't have time to play a game,
but I told Tony that I would be happy to come back some other
time. We popped into an antique store, but didn't find anything we needed. Nor did we find anything at the hardware store, which had a little bit of everything for sale.
We continued on, passing the bank his family used to use, the grocery store they shopped at, and the office building where Tony had one of his first jobs. When we got to Woofies, an iconic hot dog shop, I kept going because I had to use the bathroom at the gas station around the corner. Tony said he was just going to stay there and look. I was pretty sure he wouldn't just be able to look, and I was right. When I returned he was settling in at a table outside the restaurant getting ready to sample his hot dog (served on a steamed poppy seed bun and topped with mustard, onions, and a kosher pickle slice). He was nice enough to share a couple of bites with me.LaJoy's Coffee Cafe. We each got a cup to enjoy there, then bought a bag of beans to grind and brew at home.