It all started at the Comfort Inn at 3200 West Broad St where Virginia Commonwealth University put me up since I applied to school late in the summer. That was a wild experience where I originally had a King bed in a suite, it was another world from the dorms on campus further downtown. That lasted about a month and a half before I decided to move to Floyd Ave where I made some of my best and probably most college-like memories. On to the "Floyd House".
Oh, 1730 West Floyd, how I loved and hated thee. I lived on Floyd and Allen for about 2 years and I really loved and hated every minute of it. I made some of my closest friendships in that house and changed as a person dramatically over those two years. I got into biking while living in that house, and for that I am thankful. I built my first fixed gear bike in that house, got hit by a car and got my first nice bike. Later I found the best type of biking and got my first mountain bike. Built a Tall Bike with my friends, and then rode it al the time in front of the elementary school where all the hood kids would heckle. I live with a cat for the first time, and turned into a bit of a cat person, but will always love living with a dog. I lived in a tiny room that was originally a wash room; possibly training for living in a NYC apartment.
After that I moved to my Place on 411 North Allen (Corner of Allen and Monument). This was by far my favorite place that I lived at in Richmond. It was massive, massive rooms, massive hallway, and a massive front porch, it was great. It was there where my nerdy obsession really flourished. I got my Palm Pre (my second smartphone) and I really began my obsession with hacking phones.
After a year, I moved to Broad St. I love it here on Broad St, I constantly hear the busy street sounds an really get the city-life feeling. It was a quiet and focused year here here, finishing up my final school year and just focusing on lining up work for when I graduate. Not much discovery here, but content with knowing my city; what I want to do and where the best place to do it.
|This is from the median right outside my front door.|
This post is coming to an end and now I really just want to go over a list of things I will miss about Richmond.
New York Deli's bottled PBR
Helen's Thursday Special
Bogart's Tacos when they were on Lombardy
All-Star Market's Sandwiches
Trolley Market and the owner's Ace of Base CD on Saturdays
Citgo on Broad and their staff
Starbuck's Baristas on Broad Street knowing my order daily
Geometry Park hangouts
Church Hill Lookout pictures
Belle Isle biking, walking, swimming.
Texas Beach swimming
James River as a whole
Buttermilk Trail on my Mountain Bike
Monument Ave and the Monuments
Carytown and the shops
Monroe Park and the homeless
Late Night Drives to Sheets
Bike Snobs and their fixies
Garnette's Croque Sandwiches
Weezie's Club and Fries
Joe's Inn Chicken Sandwich Delux and Breakfast
Louisiana Flair Catfish PoBoy
Vietnam 1's Pork BBQ Vermicelle
Tarrant's Fish Tacos
Sticky Rice's Spicy Tuna Rolls, Tots, and Blingo
Kuba Kuba's Cuban
Chiocca's Cold Cut Sandwich
Lees Fried Chicken
Galaxy Diner BBQ Bacon Burger
Mojo's Hoagie Cheesesteak
and most of all
Piccola's Italian Sub
Richmond, I'm Out.
To Be Continued...