Zero to 17

Stretch ouch step, step ouch pull, step ouch my back, Step ok pull.How have I’ve done it over the years. I weighed more then, as ran through airports all over the world. Atlanta’s Hartfield, Denver International.  Charles de Gaulle in Paris. With my necessaries under my arm. PC’s, tablets, phones, meds, toiletries, books and a pair of Fruit of the looms. Thanks mom. I’m prepared.It must have been pure adrenalin. I can’t run at the moment and walking is challengingI’ve easily gained a hundred pounds since moving to Sacramento and successfully kept the weight. In San Francisco and New York you walk. In Sac you drive and YES,I most definitely will SUPERSIZE my order.Hundreds of dollars on unused gym memberships.King of the drive through.Then one spring day my car was gone. Totaled in a multi car accident.Shock, and tears. I’ve always had a car. I have enough for a hoopty but its not what I want.Living in the central city, near shops and restaurants.Swollen feet and legs. I thought I would try walking.I’m an obese baby boomer , well over 300 pounds.My first mile took 90 minutes. After a couple of weeks I split that number in half.Even at 90 minutes I was proud of myself.Walking downtown/Midtown Sacramento is a daily treat. There is so much to see.Armed with my cellphone, I take pictures of this brand new Sacramento.I have made many new acquaintances. People wave and say good morning to this giant black man huffing and puffing through the streets.Capitol hardware is becoming a favorite stop. A nice old fashioned store filled with knowledgeable people. Something your not likely to find at Home Depot.It’s a struggle to walk. I would probably be driving a old Ford Focus or Honda. If I lived in the suburbs or anywhere other than the central city.While it would be nice to lose some weight.  My goal is health, less huffing and puffing.I have a long way to go before 100. Today I’ll be happy with   18.


Published by CityFella

Big city fella, Born and Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lived in New York (a part time New Yorker) for three years . I have lived in the Sacramento area since 1993. When I first moved here, I hated it. Initially found the city too conservative for my tastes. A great place to raise children however too few options for adults . The city has grown up, there is much to do here. The city suffers from low self esteem in my opinion, locals have few positive words to say about their hometown. visitors and transplants are amazed at what they find here. From, the grand old homes in Alkali Flats, and the huge trees in midtown, there are many surprises in Sacramento. Theater is alive is this area . And finally ,there is a nightlife... In.downtown midtown, for the young and not so young. My Criticism is with local government. There is a shortage of visionaries in city hall. Sacramento has long relied on the state, feds and real estate for revenue. Like many cities in America,Downtown Sacramento was the hub of activity in the area. as the population moved to the suburbs and retail followed. The city has spent millions to revive downtown. Today less than ten thousand people live downtown. No one at city hall could connect the dots. Population-Retail. Business says Sacramento is challenging and many corporations have chosen to set up operations outside the cities limits. There is vision in the burbs. Sacramento has bones, there are many good pieces here, leaders seem unable or unwilling to put those pieces together into. Rant aside, I love it here. From the trees to the rivers. But its the people here that move me. Sacramento is one of the most integrated cities in America. I find I'm welcome everywhere. The spices work in this city of nearly 500,000 and for the most part these spices blend well together. From Ukrainians to Hispanics and a sizable gay community, all the spices seem to work well here. I frequently travel and occasionally I will venture into a city with huge racial borders, where its unsafe to visit after certain hours. I haven't found it here. I cant imagine living in a community where there is one hue or one spice. I love the big trees, Temple Coffee House, the Alhambra Safeway, Zelda's Pizza, Bicyclist in Midtown, The Mother Lode Saloon, Crest Theater, and the Rivers. I could go on and I might. Sacramento is home.

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