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November 13th, 2013


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06:03 pm - Wednesday wish-places: stairs
As I dash by -- I just realized it's Wednesday (a little late!), and thought I'd post three pictures of Wish-places. Rather, two are wish-places I've never been, one is a wish-place I'd like to revisit.

All of them are stairs.

Like doors, like paths, stairs are favorite transitional spaces for me. They are possibilities for ascent, for descent, for framing a moment in between. I do love them. So...

1) Most of the time I am not drawn to Mediterranean vistas, but something about Santorini is different. This sea-scene, a lit path while the world's half-dark and the ocean beats against the rock, draws me. I'd like to be standing there, waiting for a man in white linen to slip me a letter I shouldn't read.

2) Those first stairs are out in the open, but my second offering is enclosed, with light coming through Gothic arches, a place full of angles and curves -- Wells Cathedral Chapterhouse. I have two or three different pictures of these steps, and someday I'll have to go see them for myself.

And 3) a place I haven't been in a decade, but sometimes think about -- a set of hillside steps in Santa Monica, California, very close to the Pacific. Unlike the others, these steps aren't particularly photogenic; they're just set against a coastal hill in a neighborhood, with no real vistas to speak of, and they can summon a kind of claustrophobia on a sunny afternoon with dozens of people working out, up, down, up, down. But it was a place I visited with friends I haven't talked to in forever, and I'm feeling L.A. sentimental.

Do you like stairs? May you wish yourself an elevator or lift if you don't. :)

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From:tx_cronopio
Date:November 13th, 2013 11:07 pm (UTC)
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I love the Santorini pic!

Oops, looks like you posted the Wells pic under the Santa Monica tag as well.

I like stairs very much in theory. However, living on the third floor, with all that entails re groceries, etc., means that I don't always love them in reality :)
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From:laurawise
Date:November 13th, 2013 11:20 pm (UTC)
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Fixed the Santa Monica pic -- thanks for alerting me. :)

And yes, as a person who's lived in a single-story house for a good while, I shouldn't really talk about stairs that way! I do run stairs at my office, though, so I'm not completely earthbound. ;)

Happy Wednesday!
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From:tx_cronopio
Date:November 13th, 2013 11:25 pm (UTC)
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Oh, that's a cool pic!

I have no compunction about bringing up the perishables and making Engineer bring up the rest when he gets home. He's Mr. Exercise anyway :)
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From:laurawise
Date:November 13th, 2013 11:54 pm (UTC)
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That seems utterly reasonable to me!
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From:mobile_alh
Date:November 14th, 2013 12:26 am (UTC)
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I love steps down to the sea up the. Side of a tower, and between houses in San Francisco...but perhaps less so if I have a load to carry or a short time to complete the path,

Hi from Boston. Where it's much colder than Houston was over the weekend!
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From:laurawise
Date:November 14th, 2013 12:48 am (UTC)
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Hi, ALH! I offer warm tea and good thoughts for your Boston days, and maybe a thick coat too. :)

Happy Wednesday! [hugs]
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From:mamculuna
Date:November 14th, 2013 12:39 am (UTC)
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Love all the stairs! I especially love hillside stairs. In Berkeley, you can do a self-guided walking tour of the Steps of Berkeley. I prefer just to discover them, but someday I'll follow the tour just to be sure I haven't missed any.
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From:laurawise
Date:November 14th, 2013 12:49 am (UTC)
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Oooh, if I get to San Francisco again in the next couple of years, I'll look up the walking tour of the Steps of Berkeley. How awesome! :)

Happy Wednesday to you, too. :)
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From:gwynnega
Date:November 14th, 2013 01:19 am (UTC)
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I'm too lazy for long staircases. Though there are quite a few of them in my neighborhood. :-)

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:November 14th, 2013 10:55 am (UTC)
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I bet there are awesome long staircases in your neighborhood, Gwynne! [beams at you]

Hugs and a great Thursday, even if abstaining from stairs. :)

[edited for the correct day, sigh]

Edited at 2013-11-14 10:57 am (UTC)
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From:janus_74
Date:November 14th, 2013 02:45 am (UTC)
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I seem to always find the places that you need to go up a set of stairs when we're travelling. My husband hates it :)
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From:laurawise
Date:November 14th, 2013 10:56 am (UTC)
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Well, to be fair, hauling a suitcase or two up or down a flight of stairs is often less pleasing. (I'm thinking of the stairs at Gatwick Train Station leading down from the terminal to the platform; I've destroyed suitcases that way. ;))

Hugs and a great Thursday!
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From:anne_d
Date:November 14th, 2013 03:07 am (UTC)
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Shiny!

Given the choice, I'll take stairs instead of the elevator, even with the bifocals.
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From:laurawise
Date:November 14th, 2013 10:57 am (UTC)
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Yay for choosing stairs, go stairs, and yay for you. :)

[hugs]
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From:stevie_carroll
Date:November 17th, 2013 10:53 pm (UTC)
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I love stairs, but my knees tend not to.
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From:laurawise
Date:November 17th, 2013 11:40 pm (UTC)
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Alas for aching knees! Happier days, Stevie. :)

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