I was super bummed to learn, on my first day working there, that the rather large shopping center where the bank is located does not have a single bench outdoors for sittin' and PB & J-ing on, if one were so inclined. It seemed I was destined to spend my lunch hours in my car (which I do sometimes, and that's ok I suppose).
There is really nothing, nothing at all in the way of outdoors attractions in Newark, aside from Ardenwood Historic Farm (which is actually pretty awesome, in a quaint and mellow kind of way). They have animals there for the kiddies to behold, an old Victorian home to tour, rows and rows of beautiful organic crops, a big old shed full of outmoded farm equipment, and a horse-drawn train ride (yes, I said a *horse*-drawn train ride). I visited there with my friend Ramon a few months back, and I found it to be quite charming. But the farm is too much for a lunchtime trip.
So I was happy when a coworker mentioned spending lunchtime at a nearby lake. Lake? Since when? And I decided to spend my lunch doing
Today's New Activity: Lunch at Lakeshore Park
"Lake" is perhaps on the generous side. It is better described as a really big pond which seems to have been very purposefully placed there to add property value to all the nearby tract homes. It doesn't matter; it still attracts the beautiful geese and ducks and plethora of other birdies that any legit lake would.
Even the half hour I spent sitting outside in the sun (what a beautiful day, too, especially for the middle of winter!) was refreshing, and a much better way to pass the lunch than with Divorce Court.
And I am totally spent without an ounce of workable brain power left. So I will end this abruptly without even so much as glancing to check that I've made any sense at all.
Before I go though, a word of advice: Don't ever eat at Olive Garden. I did on accident tonight. You (all of us) can do much, much better, especially for the downright silly prices they're charging these days.