Hi, Martha: Cold Spring sounds absolutely wonderful. There's an area of Portland, Oregon, much like that. Terwilleger Boulevard, I believe it is. It's up in the Highlands, and the houses are very close together and close to the sidewalks. It's very hilly there, and scenic. The view of Portland from up there is breathtaking. Although I don't consider Portland a smaller city, New Yorkers probably do. Boise is definitely a small city, but it is lovely in its own way. We have a greenbelt that follows the Boise River the entire length of the city. There are horse paths, bicylcle paths and jogging paths all along the river, and it's beautiful in the spring, summer, and fall. We're very proud of our Greenbelt. During the summer it's great sport to rent innertubes and tube down the river, waving at everyone who drives or walks by. We have our own opera, symphony orchestra, and ballet company. There are more millionaires per capita in Boise than in any other city in the United States, although it doesn't have the feeling of being only for the rich. It's because it's the home of Boise Cascade, Morrison Knudsen, Hewlett-Packard, Micron, Albertsons, Ore-Ida Foods, Simplot Company -- the list goes on and on. I sound like a travel brochure, don't I?
I visited New York (Manhattan) about ten years ago in October. I was charmed by the city. I thought it was wonderfully exciting and beautiful, too, and the air even smelled good. I was suprised at how clean it was. I stayed in an apartment on First and 51st near Sutton Place. I thought it was very fancy over there. We were on the 20th floor, and for a small town girl, that was very exciting. I even went to the Met and saw "La Boheme." I'd love to go back someday. Maybe I will. You know, I used to think that Easterners were aloof and unfriendly. Just not true! Thanks, Martha! Love, Kathy
From: Martha S Cerreto [SMTP:MJTCERRETO@prodigy.net]
Sent: Tuesday, January 05, 1999 11:11 AM
Subject: Re: [MOL] Not Much -- Just Chatting
There's a town I like to visit, pretty close to here called Cold Spring.
It's on a hill that slopes down to the Hudson River. There are a lot of
nice shops. The houses are all close together, a little beyond the
sidewalk. It always makes me think of how it must have been before TV
when, I guess, people sat out on their porches, in part, for amusement, and
knew and said hi to just about everyone that went by.
I never saw much of anything like that in my life, growing up in the
subburbs of Long Island. Sometimes I feel I missed something and am still
missing it, i.e., life in a smaller city has charms still that I don't see
in New York state.
People say Rudolph Guiliani has changed New York city; that now it is
safer, better, etc. I hadn't been in very much for a while, until I had to
start going back to the doctor and was always of the opinion that nobody
could change New York. but lately I think maybe he did or something did.
But I think I miss the old New York; you know, the hustlers, the 3 card
monte players! I wouldn't want to hang out with them, but there was an air
of danger I miss...a little. Now it seems to be a city only for the rich.
Love you muchly,
Subject: [MOL] Not Much -- Just Chatting
Date: Tuesday, January 05, 1999 5:41 PM
Hi, Folks: Just sitting here (working) and thinking about how suddently
things can change. I've always been proud of our small city -- how
informal, yet cultured, we are. Our last governer (as of today) lived
three blocks from us in a rather modest home. He drove his own car to work
every day, and ate at his favorite Chinese restaurant about twice a week.
Often, he would walk the three blocks from the capitol building to the
restaurant by himself. One day my friends and I had just finished eating
and were exiting the restaurant. I let go of the door and it almost
the Gov. in the face! He laughed, and I apologized. It wasn't unusual,
either, to see him playing clarinet (not very well) in a little Dixieland
band, having a great time. Last Thursday, I was walking down to a little
Greek restaurant near us and the Gov. was crossing the street from the
capitol (our building is only a block away). It was pouring rain, and I
turned to the Gov., who is a very small man, and said, "You're getting all
wet -- want to share my umbrella?" So he did. We walked along and I asked
him how he felt about retiring, etc., and he joked and we chatted. This
not unusual behavior for him at all and, in fact, was the way with all past
governors, as well. Old Governor Smylie asked me what a type of fruit was
once in the grocery store. His wife had a cold, so he was doing the
shopping! Our new governor, Dirk Kempthorne, has brought an entourage of
security officers with him from Washington. This change makes many of us
sad. Ah, well. Just thought I'd share that little tidbit with you. Kathy
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