can you tell me how to get?

i have a to do list. it isn’t very long. please don’t call it a bucket list.

here it is:

1) see david letterman live (i crossed that off on a train trip around the US in my mid-twenties)

2) see the northern lights (this is really because of a charles kuralt story)

3) visit every state in the US during my forties

4) get a master’s degree (4 weeks down)

5) re-learn how to swim (last week i did a lap with only a kickboard)

6) drive cross-country

7) have a pet cow named henrietta

this week i crossed another one off that has been so deeply a part of me that i realized that it existed in the same moment that i realized i could cross it off.

8) live on sesame street

“i can see my apartment from here.”

i grew up in the suburbs outside of los angeles in the second half of the seventies. and i ate sesame street up. loved it.

but i wasn’t sesame street’s target audience. it was developed to enrich the lives of new york city kids – to give them experiences outside the city that they might not get otherwise. it had the opposite effect on me. i loved the idea of stoops, a grocery store down the street, people out walking. after i moved to corvallis, i bought a house with a big yard, in a part of town where not many people are out walking. it was a great house for me and my foster daughter, but i fantasized about living downtown. so when the opportunity presented itself about a year and a half ago, i was ready.

here’s how i connected the dots. last week, i stopped to talk to RJ, a guy who’s often out playing his harmonica down my street, to thank him for saying something to me a few weeks back about how well i’m walking without a cane. i had just gotten big waves from the guys who work at the hot dog shop.  then this happened:

on my walk home from campus that afternoon, i started thinking about that “these are the people in my neighborhood” song. and then i realized that i’ve always wanted to live on sesame street and i do now.

when bert and ernie’s lease is up, have them come talk to me.

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3 responses to “can you tell me how to get?

  1. Love this. If you drive west, be sure to come stay with us in Missoula. It’s amazing all you’ve overcome.

  2. The next time you come to LA, we can go on a walk down MY Sesame Street together. 🙂

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