Drifting and striding, in Hollywood and elsewhere, with Geoff Nicholson - author of The Lost Art of Walking, and Walking in Ruinswithcholson, author of Toff Nidrifting and stomping withcholson, author of The Lost Art of Walking, considers the narrower and wider shores of obsessive pedestrianism.
Thursday, December 31, 2015
THE XMAS WALKER
One of the things about walking in my neighbourhood immediately after Christmas
is that you see more walkers than usual.
I suspect part of it may be that people have relatives staying with them
and don’t know what else to do with them.
Some no doubt think it’s a good for the soul to take a walk at least
once a year. Maybe the odd one has got a
new puppy for Christmas and is swiftly realizing what a terrible responsibility
However, my unscientific observation is that this year there were far
fewer walkers than usual. And a man who
had acquired a new camera lens for Christmas pretty much had the streets to
himself, which was fine but just a little surprising.
Of course Christmas decorations persist for a while after Christmas – not sure if that Santa is breaking into that upstairs window or breaking out:
And just because a Santa is small that doesn’t mean he isn’t security
This presiding demon stays in
place whatever the season:
But the spirit of good cheer is not universal. This sign appears on the door of the last
house before you get to one of the entrances to Griffith Park, and you can
understand the guy’s sentiments whatever the time of year:
And you can never quite escape the John Cage influence, nor would I
want to. Whereas he had mycological
expeditions that involved walking deep into the woods, I found these beauties
by the side of the road, just a few hundred yards from my own front door.
I took a couple home, tried to identify them, couldn’t altogether, though
I suspected they might be the evocatively named Funeral Bells, and even if they
weren’t, and even though I’m generally all in favor of Cagean chance
operations, I really didn’t want to take a chance on these. I left them where they were. Next day walking the same route I saw they
were half eaten, though not sure by what – possibly one of the new, though
But I think the best thing seen while walking over the holidays was
this electronic keyboard left out for the garbage men. And I wonder what the story was there. Had Santa brought a brand new one, or had the
owner made a resolution, 2016 will be a year without electronic keyboards?