These are the things I notice on my way to work in the morning:
- The Shell gas station on the corner more often than not is waiting for a delivery of gasoline and therefore has none to sell.
- Minimal effort is required to get a whistle AND a catcall from the local construction guys who are restoring the facade of this beautiful old building.
- There are three shady-looking convenience stores in a row that always have drivers in sunglasses in black vans and Mercedes parked outside.
- The cafe I frequent for hot chocolate and gingerbread men has hand-printed signs on the outdoor rack containing umbrellas and newspapers that lets passer-bys know that they sell umbrellas and newspapers.
- The stretch of sidewalk along someone's backyard garden is just long enough for me to fulfill my urge to sing out loud to whatever song happens to be piped through my headphones at the moment without embarrassing myself in front of people standing in front of stores or hotels.
- The dog grooming shop, prior to opening at 9:00, always seems to have its fair share of frantic, ditsy-looking women waiting outside, each of whom looks like she might have forgotten to pick up her dog the day before.
- There is usually a 'Stuff We Acquired Gratis' (SWAG) plastic bag being handed out in front of Paddington Station that I accept with great delight, only to be disappointed later at what the carbon footprint of putting together such a useless SWAG must look like.
- People going into the McDonald's on Praed street in the morning really do look as if they deserve a break today.