I've seen some things that a woman ain't s'posed to see....
I have definitely wandered but not whistling as I went. Usually it's spurred by deep depression.
Yep. I used to do it all the time when I was in law school in SF. I did it to clear my head. I did it because I liked it. My friend lived about 30 minutes walking distance away and I'd walk up and down Van Ness to and from.
Well, the walking late at night part, but not the whistling thing. There's too many crazies in SF and if I did that, I'd look like one of them.
No, not anymore. Am too old to run away from smooth criminals. Didn't whistle, but used to walk home drunk from the bars, talking loudly to myself and quoting lines from Star Trek to keep the muggers and real crazies away.
@r9, UC Hastings wouldn't waste time on the DL. More like Golden Gate, USF, or one of the now-defunct schools like Lincoln or New College of CA.
[quote]walk home drunk from the bars, talking loudly to myself and quoting lines from Star Trek to keep the muggers and real crazies away.
Anyone who speaks of London's "downtown" is a loony. Plus anyone who thinks Victoria is the City Center is clueless.
Victoria and Pimlico are no more "downtown" than is Soho (London's Soho) or Knightbridge. You could at least try to make a case for the City, but I've seen a lot of deserted streets in the City late at night.
And, for what it's worth, OP, I wander all the neighborhoods mentioned late - I've only been really hassled twice.
You wander downtown Philly late at night and then let me know how that works out for ya.
I walk the city late at night.
Does everyone here do the same?
I want to be the things I see,
Give every face and place my name.
I cross the street, take a right,
Pick up the pace, pass a fight.
Did I grow up just to stay home?
I do this when I'm alone and life is getting me down.
In the 90's my partner and I walked the entire length of Central Park in NYC between 1-2am in the middle of Winter. The trees had no leaves and the paths were well-lit. Felt perfectly safe. The streets of Manhattan felt even safer at that hour.
Would never even consider walking anywhere in Golden Gate Park or any other park in my hometown after dark, alone or not. Would feel more comfortable walking around Downtown Oakland late at night.
How can you lose? The lights are much brighter there! Forget all your troubles, forget all your cares! Maybe you know some little places to go where they never close?
This is what I do late at night. Listen for the Ice Whistle at 2:03.
When you're alone and life is makng you lonely you can always go DOWNTOWN. When you've got worries all the noise & the hurry seems to help, I know, DOWNTOWN.
I want to, and have in the past, but as a woman walking alone at night in the city, I've had more near misses then I'm comfortable with.
r27, thank you for posting that. I haven't heard that in years. Haunting, lovely and absolutely one the best things she ever did.
I have in Philadelphia, both in the past and recently, but it was usually with a friend or friend after a late night or walking with my dog. It's quite eerie very early in the morning with that overall silence in an otherwise busy and noisy city.
I was on an assignment in St. Louis.
The streets of downtown St. Louis were strangely deserted at high noon on nice weekday afternoons.
I was staying at a downtown hotel and was told to never go out after dark. Glad that was only a week long assignment.
R24 OMG. Mrs. Miller is the best!
I swear, she quit show business and became my grade school's music teacher. That's exactly what our teacher sounded like!
I was walking the downtown area last night, it's a failry small dowtown, two streets, and I saw two cops sucking each other off in the car.
I do wander about, but it is usually too chilly for caftan wearing, sooo I abandoned that habit.
I go walking after dark, people think I'm craaaazy, what's a matta wit you, boy?
I walked from the East Village up to 32nd St one morning in early January at 4 AM. I was on 5th Ave most of the time (figured it would be safest) and it was absolutely deserted. It was raining lightly, and for much of the way I was the only one on the street, there were hardly any cars out either. It was incredibly eery, the traffic lights changed but no cars came, I saw a few homeless people milling about picking up trash and talking to themselves. I had no idea Manhattan ever got like that.
I go walkin' after midnight
Midnight, not a sound from the pavement, has the moon lost her memory, she is crying alone...
I remember a time when I knew what happiness meant...let the memory live again...
Babs in a caftan
R37, I know exactly what you mean, but in my case was from the point of view of a taxi. I lived in NYC in the 80's, worked as a legal assistant, had one job with a TON of overtime, and whenever I worked till 3:00 a.m, 4:00 a.m. and took a cab home, the city (usually Madison Avenue) seemed SO deserted, quiet, "peaceful" - guess 4:00 is a good time!