“Washington is not a place to live in. The rents are high, the food is bad, the dust is disgusting and the morals are deplorable. Go West, young man, go West and grow up with the country.”
Horace Greeley, 1865
Back in 1865, when Horace Greeley wrote about going West, he was talking about Pennsylvania. Three years ago today I traveled west and got off the Amtrak train in Lancaster, Pa. I checked into a motel on the outskirts of town and started my apartment search the following day. I didn’t find a place until October, but, when I did, I found a place right in the heart of town that was perfect for me. Everything was close-by and I had a Senior Citizens Free Bus pass that could take me anyplace that wasn’t within walking distance.
In the past 3 years I enjoyed dozens of baseball games. I even took batting practice with the team and threw out the honorary first pitch once.
I went to about a dozen plays at local venues. I even took an acting class at the Fulton Theatre.
I’ve enjoyed quite a few pints of local brews on local barstools.
And recently I completed two Excel courses at the local library. So, my education continues, too…LOL.
Since moving here, I found out that Lancaster has a woman’s Roller Derby team. Even New York doesn’t have a Roller Derby team of its own anymore. The Flat-track version of Roller Derby is dull compared to the exciting matches of the San Francisco Bay Bombers vs The New York Chiefs, back in the day, but watching 12 athletic women skate merrily along, is still good for the old ticker.
Best of all, I lost weight here, 25 lbs. It hasn’t been gradual. Most of the weight loss came in the last few months, after I completed a deluxe sweater and linen cabinet I designed out of empty 5-liter wine boxes. Who knew that drinking a few liters of wine a day was the reason I wasn’t losing weight before? I thought it was part of the much ballyhooed Mediterranean Diet. Oh well, live and learn.
For the last 25 years or so in New York, my New Year’s resolution had been to lose weight. It never worked, so I switched resolutions when I got here. Now, I just wish for every year to be even more fun than the one before it. That’s been working out pretty well. I’m having fun and now losing weight. It’s been a good 3 years here in Lancaster and I look forward to making the next 3 years even better.
Peace & Love, and all of the above,