Tuesday, November 16

Mountain climbing

Most people think of Long Island as basically flat, and while that’s not too far off the mark in most areas, parts of the north shore can be quite hilly.  As it turns out, the community in which I’ll be spending the next week or so is one of the hilly areas.  In fact, the main residential parts is a warren of extremely steep, narrow streets with all sorts of twists and turns.  It’s something you’d expect to see in a mountainous region.  While I don’t mind driving on such rugged terrain, the downside is that streetlighting is minimal to non-existent, so finding house numbers after dark is a major challenge.  I really wish it didn’t get dark so early.  Calling on residential customers is pretty much pointless before 5:30 or 6:00 because many people aren’t home from work until then.  Which means that it’s completely dark.  It’s somewhat surprising that so few people have visible street numbers on their houses, after all it’s a safety thing.  Nonetheless, I persevered, making a number of calls until calling it quits around 7:30.  Calling on people much after that time isn’t recommended, although legally it can be done until 9:00.

Gym: speaking of climbing, I did  30 minutes on the stair climber machine, once again surprised at just how tough it is.

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Published in: on November 18, 2010 at 8:18 pm  Comments (4)  

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  1. I am in the USA for the first time and came across your site while trying to get a flavour of all things American. I come from a town in Devon with many steep hills so I know what you are talking about. The hills at home reduce the need for a stairclimber. Thanks for the posts.

  2. Thanks for reading. The thing about this town where I’ve been working is not just that the hills are so steep, but that the streets are extremely narrow. It’s a sight to be seen.

  3. I’m guessing Centerport?

  4. Centerport’s a good guess, actually it was Rocky Point.


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