curious, not creepy.

walking three – touch
May 25, 2008, 8:37 pm
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normally i hate the wind. why? because normally i have somewhere to be and riding your bike in the wind is definitely on my ‘things i absolutely hate doing’ list. but on this walk, it was no longer an enemy but a friend.  something about having the wind just toss my hair around felt great.  it’s like having one giant hand playing with your hair, if that makes any sense at all. but that was the main thing i was able to focus on during this walk on this windy, rainy day.  

the usual touch of the sun upon my skin was gone, and was replaced by the cold wind.  which was also a weird feeling, just earlier in the week the sun was BLAZING. it was absolutely unbearable anywhere else but then the next day it just disappeared and i had to find a jacket that i thought i’d be done with until october.  i never really think about the feeling of the sun on your skin until it’s gone.  

i love the rain. and the feeling of it hitting my skin. which was another sensation that occurred during my walk. it was just the right amount of it that it didn’t get me soaking wet, but was a consistent touch on my hands and face.  

again, these are things that i know happen and that i have a relationship but never really thought about that until now. 


walking two – sound
May 25, 2008, 8:16 pm
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a walk around campus during the fall or spring semester and you know what to expect. girls chatting away on their pink razors, boys talking about the girl he tried to get with at the sigma phi party, doors closing, cars passing by, someone’s ipod that is up too loud.  that doesn’t change too much over the summer, just not as many people to overhear. 

that was the first thing i noticed on this walk, was that despite how quite campus was in comparison to the usual hustle and bustle, it was still pretty noisy. on this particular day it was incredibly windy and there was a constant sound of wind gushing through leaves. 

which is when i realized that different leaves make different sounds. i know, i know, what an elementary thing to notice. of course they make different sounds, but it never really occurred to me because i was never looking for it. the tree on the left, that was my favorite sound during the walk. so spending so much time around trees lead me to this:

which was a nice surprise. but made me feel kind of silly, since it’s in an area that i pass thru EVERYDAY to get to and from school and it wasn’t until now that i noticed it.  these walks are teaching me that i’m not nearly as observant as i like to think i am. and i’m working on that. 

during the duration of the walk i was trying so hard to focus on the sounds that i don’t normally pay attention to, like the wind rushing through the trees, my footsteps on different surfaces, the pitter pattering of the drizzling rain, but then this thing happen. this thing that always happens when i do anything, a song popped in my head. i have no idea where it came from or why it was there, but it was and as hard as i tried to focus on the walk it just stayed there in the back of my head. which is what i’ll leave you with. enjoy.