Thursday, January 21, 2010

I left my heart...

I thought maybe I'd tell the story behind the new title picture.

The husband and I used to live in the Bay Area, so we made frequent trips to San Francisco when we didn't have anything better to do. We would ditch the car and often spent the entire day roaming some part of the city. When we first started these walk-a-paloozas, the pain in my legs got to be such a pain in the ass that I honestly considered my wheelchair options. I figured that I would only use it in place of long distance walking, but damn it I had made it without one this long- (many people with RSD/CRPS are not as lucky). So I stuck it out. Eventually, it got easier.

One of my favorite things to do in the city was chase a flock of wild parrots that lived on Telegraph Hill. The sidewalks get so steep up there that they are actually stairs. I'm assuming this is to prevent calf muscles from detaching altogether, but the endless stairs just hurt in a whole new way. I was walking up said stairs, but also planning to sit down right there on the ground in the very near future when I stumbled upon some public "art."

I now had a slightly more elegant reason to stop hiking while I snapped a picture of the steps. Even with all the gardens, bridges, and other really fancy things I took pictures of in that city, this one remains my favorite, because it was the most unexpected bit of encouragement when a girl really needed it.


Menner said...

Have you seen the documentary "Parrots of Telegraph Hill"? It's delightful. How wonderful that you've actually been there and chased them about. I've wanted to go see them ever since I saw this documentary.

Somer Love said...

Um these happen to be my favorite steps EVER!!! ahhh this is my favorite time of year! Hearts are All around!!

Just bought the best socks yesterday!! ;)

Lissa said...

I saw the documentary and read the book! I loved those birds. There's nothing like hearing a flock of chattering parrots. The were quite funny. They say almost every state has their own flock of wild parrots, so we'll just have to find ours.

And Somer, you're hilarious.

kris said...

HawkWatch International (a Utah-based predator conservation group) had a free screening of "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill" last week. Too bad we missed it.

I remember seeing a map of the various wild parrot flocks around the United States, but I can't find it now. But, if I recall correctly, there was a small flock of wild parrots (or maybe parakeets) near St. George.