Thursday, January 11, 2007

One Thing I'm Really Going to Miss...

Is the sunsets. The New River Valley has the most beautiful sunsets. Click on these images if you want to see larger renditions.

I took these pictures at the ugly little strip mall near our house. It's funny, but I stopped looking at the sunsets a while ago.

I'm also going to miss the Blue Ridge Parkway. Here's a picture that we took on New Year's Day:

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  • When do you head out?

    By Blogger Claudia, At January 11, 2007 at 1:07 PM  

  • So you have to leave to appreciate them, and if you ever go back, they won't be the same.

    By Blogger The CEO, At January 11, 2007 at 1:18 PM  

  • That doesn't really say what I mean. I think I mean, we get so used to being around such beauty that we become immune to it, and you need to leave it to appreciate it. Unfortunately, the area will change, and it will never look the same when you come back to visit. Better I think.

    By Blogger The CEO, At January 11, 2007 at 1:23 PM  

  • Claudia-
    The wife is leaving in February, and I'm leaving in May. I know this seems a little maudlin, but I've lived here full time since the early 1990's, and disengagement is going to be a little tough.

    I think, for me, the key will be finding other things to appreciate.

    By Blogger Crankster, At January 11, 2007 at 1:45 PM  

  • Hey..where are you going?
    They'll have beutiful sunsets there I betcha!
    Peace and good luck.

    By Blogger Odat, At January 11, 2007 at 2:21 PM  

  • Boy, i miss those old Blue Ridge Mountains.

    By Blogger Pickled Olives, At January 11, 2007 at 3:38 PM  

  • Those Blue Mountains are beautiful. I try not to travel down there too often because I'm afraid of strip malls.


    By Blogger Matt, At January 11, 2007 at 3:50 PM  

  • Yeah...have you mentioned the location of your relocation? I feel like we're neighbors! I'm gonna miss you terribly!

    By Blogger Lee, At January 11, 2007 at 5:23 PM  

  • Odat-
    Oddly enough, we're moving up to your area. We'll either be living in Queens or Brooklyn.

    So, you tell me--how are the sunsets?

    Yeah, they're gorgeous, aren't they? This is near the Chateau Morissette vineyard in Meadows of Dan.

    As a former resident of Northern Virginia, I accept your considerable knowledge of malls. Although, I gotta say, have you been to Alexandria lately?

    Truth be told, I won't be that much further away. Better yet, if you have a showing, I might actually be able to afford the trip!

    By Blogger Crankster, At January 11, 2007 at 7:13 PM  

  • Moving is always tough....even if you hate a place (which I know you don't...just saying), it's still a part of your life that you're leaving behind....

    By Blogger Claudia, At January 11, 2007 at 8:51 PM  

  • You'll love Queens or Brooklyn. Maybe you'll have a view of Manhattan, (or a Dumpster in Queens). Better get used to the No. 7 line to Flushing and "let's go, Mets."

    By Blogger Pawlie Kokonuts, At January 11, 2007 at 11:03 PM  

  • On the plus side think of all the wonderful architecture thats to be discovered when moving to the 'city', that said Im sure your betwixt and between on moving, it such an emotional albeit exciting wrench.

    By Blogger Judith, At January 12, 2007 at 4:15 AM  

  • There's some pretty good sunsets here too! Wow, we'll be neighbors!

    By Blogger Odat, At January 12, 2007 at 5:10 AM  

  • Why do you axe if Matt's been to Alexandria lately? Just nosy 'cuz I live in Alexandria.

    I'm very excited for youse guys to be moving; I know it's been on your agenda for a while now. Also, the chances of actually seeing your wife again and meeting you and George will be much higher as my husband and I have loads of friends in NYC/Jersey. Congratulations! -Karen

    By Blogger Mrs Pinchloaf, At January 12, 2007 at 8:32 AM  

  • Claudia-
    What's exciting for me is the ways that we change when we shift our location. I'm excited to see how my wife, my daughter, and I all will grow when we move to the city.

    Gotta be honest, I'm not sure if a rusting dumpster or a rusting mobile home is more depressing!

    You got it. I'm excited about the opportunities, yet trying to soak up as much of this area as possible before we make the move.

    Really? Good sunsets?

    I'm feeling warmer and fuzzier as we speak. Thanks!

    Not to bust on Alexandria, but sometimes it seems like its mostly strip malls. And brick houses. And Old Town.

    I look forward to meeting you, and I know the wife would be overjoyed.

    By Blogger Crankster, At January 12, 2007 at 12:09 PM  

  • Yeah, I don't live in the strip mall part. I live outside the Old Town part. You know, across the street from the Bradlee strip mall...D'oh!

    By Blogger Mrs Pinchloaf, At January 12, 2007 at 1:37 PM  

  • Mrs. Pinchloaf-
    It's okay. When I lived in NoVa, my house was on Rt. 29, near the Price Club on West Ox, between the strip mall area of Fairfax and the Newgate strip mall area of Centreville.

    By Blogger Crankster, At January 12, 2007 at 5:57 PM  

  • I lived in Western NC for many years, and the Blue Ridge Mountains were in my backyard. I still miss them. It feels like another lifetime, though.

    You're moving to my homeland, and I wish you all kinds of happiness in and around the Big Apple.

    By Blogger heartinsanfrancisco, At January 13, 2007 at 9:29 PM  

  • Hearts, thank you! All good wishes are greatly appreciated!

    By Blogger Crankster, At January 13, 2007 at 11:44 PM  

  • It'll be amazing!

    By Blogger Claudia, At January 14, 2007 at 4:07 PM  

  • And thank you, Claudia!

    By Blogger Crankster, At January 15, 2007 at 5:38 PM  

  • And thank you, Claudia!

    By Blogger Crankster, At January 15, 2007 at 5:38 PM  

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