It all started with the need for an oil and filter change!
As I drive a Nissan Altima and Stadium Nissan is five minute drive away and they had just sent me an email saying I could get an express oil and filter change for $49.99, I headed out for what I thought would be a 30-minute uneventful trip.
Unfortunately (or fortunately depending how you look at it) they found a cracked belt of some sort and said they could fix it but would take an hour. I said, “Go ahead and fix it. I will go for a walk and be back in an hour.”
Stadium Nissan is aptly named as it is beside Calgary’s McMahon Stadium home of the Calgary Stampeders. My first stop on my walkabout was the pedestrian bridge over Crowchild Trail. I am a sucker for taking photos of bridges and this one has a lovely blue tower in the middle that harmonizes nicely with the blue sky (regular readers will know that I have an obsession with Calgary’s blue skies).
A sense of place
After taking a few photos, the Banff Trail LRT station grabbed my attention. Immediately I was struck by what looked like several Stampede football players hanging out in full uniform at the station, or at least that is what it looked like from a distance. I knew this couldn’t be true as they were in Winnipeg that night for a game. However, the vinyl silhouettes looking very real from a distance, added an intriguing sense of place to the quaint station that looks a bit like a mountain hiker’s hut.
Continuing walking into the community I was stuck by the huge mid-century, flat-roofed ranch style duplexes on the corners and how different they are to the two-storey infills being built today. In fact the entire community felt a like a walk back in time. It was also strange as it felt like a ghost town – there was nobody walking along the sidewalks, playing in the huge playing fields or playgrounds. In fact, there weren’t even any cars on the roads; it was deserted despite it being mid-afternoon on a beautiful July day.
For me, it was a lovely Thursday afternoon in July for flaneuring. What I love about flaneuring is you can do it anytime and anywhere and you’ll almost always are rewarded with a few fun surprises. You also don’t need any special clothing or equipment.
You just need to do it!