Today, I have been a Green Lake resident for 50 days (as opposed to a Phinney Ridge resident, which is soooo far away). Here’s what I’ve learned and discovered so far.
No two days on the Green Lake Loop are ever the same. From being stopped by the “dog psychic,” to watching aerial acrobatics, there is a wonderful wide range of characters that share this space. Early dark mornings are especially interesting – you can hear the rowing teams belting out orders, see the occasional paddleboarder and jump at the groups of raccoons that dart across the path!
When I first moved here, I thought people drove like maniacs. Now, I think that even more. I even think the cyclists cycle like maniacs. Considering we live in such a happy, pedestrian friendly neighborhood, I don’t know why everyone seems to be in such a hurry. I’m tired of darting out of the cross walk because the cars aren’t slowing down!
I can tell that Greenlake Bar and Grill is going to become a staple in my life, despite its lack of having Manny’s on tap. I plan on trying out trivia on Monday, but the Wednesday night $5 steak swept me away and I’m now a fan of this restaurant!
By far my favorite local business overall is Super Jock n Jill. They did an exceptional job of making this anti-running girl a daily runner, by working hard to find me the right shoes. Sadly, as I am now running every single day with my dog, I will probably be back to visit them sooner than I originally thought – I’ve put a lot of miles on my new shoes already!
I really like Bandolero in Tangletown, even though I don’t drink tequila. I DID try one of their special margaritas which was delicious (but strong), but thought their food was incredible and wish them much success as a new restaurant.
And my favorite thing about Green Lake is all the charitable events I keep hearing about through Mygreenlake.com. There’s always a fun run, or a school fundraiser, or some local business doing good in the community to hear about. Picking a neighborhood is like picking a partner for a relationship – you look for qualities that reflect and play off of your own. I hope as I move into my third month as a resident here, I can participate even more in the local goings on!