1. Where's a nice place to take a walk?
New York City, by which I generally mean Manhattan. Some of my favorite walks taken there in the past five years have included
- the High Line
- Broadway from Times Square to Bowling Green
- 5th Avenue from the Flatiron Bldg. to Rockefeller Ctr.
- Fort Tryon Park near The Cloisters in Washington Heights (a nature-y one!)
- Little Italy on a summer Sunday afternoon
- the Brooklyn Bridge
2. What do your everyday shoes look like nowadays?
My work/church shoes are a pair of practical, squarish, black Clarks loafers that go with either a skirt or trousers (but which, alas, look like army boots when paired with a dressy dress). At any given time, I own two identical pairs, so it takes twice as long till they start looking shabby. They are comfortable and give great support (unfortunately, I can't marry them).
However, when I know I'm going to be doing serious walking, I don't wear my everyday shoes. Instead, the current walking shoes are a pair of Skechers "Shape-Ups" cross-trainers (the ones with the turned-up, "rocking" heel -- which, yes, I know doesn't *really* give your glutes the automatic work-out the ads promise). They *are* looking a little shabby, though, so it might be time to replace.
3. What separates a good pedicure from a bad one?
It's the quality of the calf & foot massage. The grooming part is gravy; the massage is the reason to go out and pay a stranger to touch your feet.
4. When did you last go for a hike?
Hahahahahahahaha. Unless you call my Manhattan treks hiking (and sometimes they feel that way), then I genuinely can't recall. 1991?
5. What's a good song with the word "walk" in its title?
Well, gosh. I *was* going to pick The Pretenders' weirdly ingratiating "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)," because, until I just now looked it up, I actually thought its title was "I Would Walk 500 Miles." Okay, then, others I like that *do* meet the qualification include
- "You'll Never Walk Alone" (Rodgers & Hamerstein) -- This one's hard to sing well, IMO, and I'm frankly amazed at the number of recording artists who've taken a stab at it!
- "Just a Closer Walk With Thee" (gospel hymn) -- A strong sentimental favorite (my grandfather loved it), but even when I listen "objectively," I'm in.
- "Baby Elephant Walk" (Henry Mancini) -- Is it cheating to choose one without lyrics? I've loved this novelty instrumental since I played an E-Z version in piano lessons as a kid.
- "Let's Take an Old-Fashioned Walk" (Irving Berlin) -- The break-out hit from from the ill-fated Miss Liberty, it's fun to listen to from the cast album because it shows what a good singer Eddie Albert was in his prime.
- "I'm Walkin'" (Fats Domino) -- Do I need a reason? Some things are just insanely catchy.
What's that you say? You think those choices seem deliberately -- nay, perversely -- retro? Well, respond I, just whose blog did you think you were reading? ;-)