Random Musings on 108 Street and 63rd Drive, Forest Hills, New York
On 108th Street between the Long Island Expressway and Queens Blvd is a very nice shopping area the wee people and I enjoy exploring. It was 20 degrees with a wind chill factor of 9, but I was out shopping looking for gifts in between coding and blogging (LOL). I have several posts in draft that I need to publish but I found myself thinking about spending time with my gal pal who was getting her hair done earlier. It was probably the most relaxing moment of my day because all I did for approximately 40 minutes was sit in the front of the small shop listening to everyone talk in Hebrew and Russian while I wrote another chapter to my book and thought about blogging...
If you are going to learn a foreign language you have to immerse yourself into the culture. Barbershops and beauty salons are always a great place to visit because the conversations flow non-stop. There is something comforting in pampering yourself while catching up on the neighborhood gossip. Even if it is spoken in other tongues (LOL).
The fun part for me is when I first walk in because there is always a moment of confusion as to why I am there. They are always polite but can't quite figure out what I am doing with my Russian Jewish friends because I spend most of my time observing and asking questions about their fave food and culture. I think it is the constant taking of pictures that makes them a wee bit wary as well. When we show them the blog they are always impressed with ActiveRain. There are days when people forget that I do not speak their language well and automatically greet me in Hebrew. Those moments are always my fave moments because when shop owners get comfy with writers they share very interesting stories about their impressions of what is going on.
Forest Hills is a beautiful place to live and if you are studying languages definitely a great place to wander about to listen. I know these streets like the back of my hand because my gal pals show me all the small spots where you can get quality things done and eat really tasty food. I spend a lot of time here wandering around sketching and taking pictures when I am alone. I am into architecturally interesting buildings and there are a lot of custom homes here. I have been working on some Cityscape's for my next gallery exhibition. I selected a few from wandering between 108th Street and the Grand Central Parkway. I promised I'd post some work from my sketch books. I'm thinking the pen and ink ones are particularly nice... I'm saving them for vacation so I can remind myself not to work on my fun time (LOL). Gotta go finish a branding draft. Hmm... Maybe I'll write something useful for the newbies...
I like mentoring newbs. We have great fun together (LOL). ;-)
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