Stephen Mouzon over at The Original Green recommends doing a map that shows the Web of Daily Life. I did mine in Google Maps, unfortunately, and after reading the Terms of Service there, I come to the conclusion that I can’t post my screen captures as they constitute derivative works. I find myself wondering how Stephen created his.
The resulting webs, though, are quite instructive. After six months in my new apartment, I’ve gone from living a relatively eremetic life at a boarding school with one (sometimes two) twenty-minute errand trips a week to the grocery store and the pharmacy and so on, to a much more peripatetic lifestyle, where I’m walking to restaurants (when I can afford to eat out), to the pharmacy (when my health is suffering, which is rarely now), to get my morning coffee, to meet friends for a trivia night (when I can afford to do so, alas), and to at least some of my grocery shopping. I make one trip a week to get my other groceries and to drop off or pick up dry cleaning. The vast majority of my life is now structured around my feet — with the exception of my 9-mile round-trip commute to work.
This is also excepting the reality that my girlfriend lives two hours away, and I go to see her quite regularly.
All in all, I’m enjoying this new life. I wish I knew more people in town and had a wider circle of friends, but that’s building slowly, and I’m sure it will grow the more time I spend living here. Someone even invited me to run for the Planning & Zoning board here in town the other day, which would be interesting…