Where I am now and with my non existent social life, I've learned that if someone invites you to do something, you do it. You just never know what you might discover. Even if it means driving almost two hours to Bisbee for dinner. Just for dinner. No other outstanding activities planned. Sometimes just dinner is all you need. New friends and lively conversation with people who know how to converse was refreshing.
After over an hour of desert bleakness as we came round the bend there it was, life. Bisbee is such a cute little town built on hills with 1,000 steps leading up to the quaint houses. The little porch lights lit up the hill and it just looked so picture perfect. It has such a presence on those hills. If it wasn't so far from everything, like Trader Joe's and most civilization, I would live there in a heartbeat. I love the thought of living in a cozy house with hidden little nooks and all around character that is hard to find in the sea of cookie cutter subdivisions. Being able to walk out your front door and head down the street to the local coffee shop where everyone knows each other by name. It would be nice for a change, wouldn't it?
The people in small towns are different too. We had a group of people from four different cities all longer than thirty minutes drive from one another, but yet they too went the distance to meet for dinner. The city is sometimes a lonely place after trying to invite people a number of times and no one ever showing up. They are all waiting for the better invitation, but how do they know they picked the better one. I don't think they do.
Back to Bisbee. We had dinner. We walked to a couple friend's house down the street, enjoyed some espresso, and then took a two hundred stair climb detour back to our car as the temperatures dropped and we could finally breathe the brisk, autumn air. I was wearing a jacket for the first time this fall. So exciting.
Then we made our way back to Tucson, which as a city seems to have no clearly defined identity and is just sad in comparison. It was a nice night, which may not too often be repeated. That's what makes it special.