Summer of 2015: Calling 1980 or Do You Know the Way to San Jose?

One reason I started thinking about the ’80s is that, after working at home in some form of writing endeavor (tech writing contracts, fiction writing, songwriting) for several years now, I’m starting to get a little bored with being at home full-time without a car. I’ve been “in-between” contracts for a while now, and have no idea if another one is coming my way. Eventually, I’ll be of official retirement age – what will I do then?

So I started thinking back to the ’80s when I worked swing shift for a major San Francisco Graphic Arts firm and had my days free. I remember being quite happy with that schedule. How did I spend the daytime hours? What did I do? Where did I go? Who did I talk to?

The first thing I remembered was the pool/hot tub so we decided to finally get that hot tub we’ve been talking about for years. The electrician is working on the installation today. We also got some chaise lounges with pads and I’ve already enjoyed those. I’ve even been rereading some of my favorite books from that time – Oriental Hotel and the Wagons West series.

Walking has always been my thing – I do it to relax, to think, and to exercise. Struggling with the ups and downs with my weight, I was tired of being hungry and lightheaded. I was determined to walk off the weight instead of starve off the weight, even if progress was slow. No more crash diets – no more diets at all. I began long-distance walking.

Three days a week I would walk 3 or 4 miles each way for a total of 6 or 8 miles. It all depended on if I walked from my condo in San Bruno to Millbrae (6 miles round trip) or drove to Millbrae and walked to San Mateo (8 miles round trip).

Then I read A Walk Across America and I was mesmerized by his long-distance walk. I began thinking of walking to San Jose – approximately 42 miles from home. Maybe then I’d walk to L.A. – 424 miles from home.


I made it to Redwood City, 18 miles south of San Bruno. It took me 6 hours and I got so sunburned that day. I flopped down on the couch when I got home and slept for hours. And while I continued my 6- and 8-mile walks, I put an end to that idea of walking to San Jose and beyond. 🙂

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