It is now officially dark enough during the day that I like to turn on the Christmas tree before the school bus gets here in the afternoon, for the extra light. Only a month ago I was thinking of writing about how the leaves had suddenly all fallen off the trees in the week after Halloween, when I’d been hoping to get out and enjoy the sunny weather and fall foliage after I’d finished the rest of my October tasks (and let my ankle heal a little bit more), and now had missed my chance. Now I have to find something to wear for a holiday party, when I’ve bought very little new clothes since my daughter was born, and almost nothing dressy, and probably also get my hair cut, and sign up for volunteering and buy gifts and so on.
A little while ago I visited the Columbia campus with my family, where I hadn’t been in several years. I discovered the following places, surprisingly, are still there:
Koronet Pizza, my favorite place for getting two slices for two dollars, probably the best dinner deal around except on those Sundays when Whoppers were 99 cents.
Logos Bookstore no longer has the same name but is still a bookstore.
Amir’s Middle Eastern restaurant, which had changed its tables and chairs.
Häagen-Dazs. At the time, gourmet brand ice cream were new. I always liked Häagen-Dazs better than Ben & Jerry’s, which you found more of in New England, though the fad for those stores has faded a little.
UPDATED TO ADD: I’ve gone back and forth on this, but finally decided that Columbia Housewares is on the same corner where Columbia Hardware used to be (where we all trooped down during freshman orientation to buy desk lamps after seeing how poor the dorm lighting was), and therefore is probably the same store.
There are some honking big new buildings in the physics corner of the campus, and little tables and chairs in front of the engineering building near biology, which along with the scary Le Mineur statue being raised on a plinth and surrounded by shrubberies (also, I guess, the opening of the space behind the new business building, which was a construction site most of the time I was there), makes that corner much less scary and isolated.