I've been working in downtown Albany for the past 13 years. This is what I'll miss:
* Lunch with friends * The variety of places to go out to lunch with friends: sandwich shops, Chinese restaurants, pizza places, diner-type places, bar food type places, the new sushi place, the place that sells gyros (a Greek woman I knew preferred the 2nd or 3rd pronunciation of the 2nd definition). That doesn't include the street vendors up by the Capitol half the year, with even more selections. * Shopping at Lodge's, Albany's Oldest Store. * The Farmer's Market, about 1/3 of a block away in the good weather, indoors and just up the hill in the winter * Riding my bike to work when Carol's not teaching (and she takes Lydia to daycare) * The gaudy Christmas lights on the State Street median * My bank and my credit union a block or two away * My eye doctor and my dentist a couple blocks away * The vendors in the stores I got to know * The buskers on the corners * Watching the folks go to the nearby Arena and try to guess what event they were attending, strictly by the age and apparel of the attendees * Donating blood every eight weeks, and at a place where everyone DOES know my name, such as Shirley, who runs the canteen * The easy access to the walking/riding path by the river * A quick bus trip to my doctor, Lydia's doctor, or Lydia's day care * Several bus options home, rather than one * The ability to stay later because I had so many options home, rather than one
There are probably more, but that'll do for now. *** Akeelah and the Bee opens today. It's on my list of films to see.