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Last Saturday morning, I tooled around what I consider "my" little two square mile area of town. "My" because it's my neighborhood.

Saturday routines typically include:

  1. Sweet Bay at the Park
  2. Main library
  3. Oak Cemetery (I visit a friend - weird relationship, yes.) ;)
  4. Hunts Park (the boys of autumn are fun to watch from the bluff at the cemetery)
  5. Creekmore Park

As I enjoyed my routine, I realized lots of other people include these places as part of THEIR routines.

So I ask you to do a few of things on the remaining autumn afternoons in Fort Smith:

  1. Think about what you ENJOY about places you encounter as part of your normal routines
  2. Think about how the places make you feel - comfortable, happy, nostalgic? Whatever
  3. Tell us what attributes make these places special to you
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Here's how this works --

<p>I've had several people tell me they've read this request for interaction about place. Thank you for reading. The point of a forum like this is for you to talk about here in the comments section so we can ALL celebrate our favorite collective places in Fort Smith.</p><p>Really, friends. Please comment. HERE. Please don't by shy. Thank you. :)</p>

favorite places

<p>There are many places that we like, treasure etc. but never take time to enjoy.&nbsp; Alone time is something I like.&nbsp; But, hardly any time to take advantage of the wonderful places where one can be alone in the crowd.&nbsp; A solitary walk in the park or the cemetery is such a time.&nbsp; I enjoy the Historic site looking out over the river.&nbsp; Watching the birds dip toward the water or gather food.&nbsp; They twitter amongst themselves and I just learned us human birdbrains can twitter too thanks to technology.&nbsp; A walk amongst our heros in the National Cemetery is also a meaningful alone time.&nbsp; Quite and solitude.&nbsp; One of my favorite places.</p>

Taking time to enjoy...

<p>That's just the thing of it. Often it does take time to enjoy places off the beaten path. But not as long as we think. Not sure where you live or work, but how long -- really -- does it take to drive to one of your favorite places?</p><p>The real &quot;time eater&quot;<em>&nbsp;</em>is knowing you'll get lost in the moment. Walking through the cemetery wondering about the lives represented by the headstones.&nbsp;</p><p>Even if you don't have time for a detour, make a conscious effort to notice where you are. Passing in front of the library, noticing construction on Garrison Avenue, or driving by Carol Ann Cross Park can give your spirits a boost if you'll just notice the architecture, the signs of progress and the beauty.</p>
<p>That's just the thing of it. Often it does take time to enjoy places off the beaten path. But not as long as we think. Not sure where you live or work, but how long -- really -- does it take to drive to one of your favorite places?</p><p>The real &quot;time eater&quot;<em>&nbsp;</em>is knowing you'll get lost in the moment. Walking through the cemetery wondering about the lives represented by the headstones.&nbsp;</p><p>Even if you don't have time for a detour, make a conscious effort to notice where you are. Passing in front of the library, noticing construction on Garrison Avenue, or ...>> Read the entire comment.

Another great place !!!!

<p>Tracy,</p><p>Thanks for all the great ideas for a great weekend and a slow leisurely day.&nbsp; Another great place to enjoy is by visiting the City of Fort Smith's Dog Park, out east of the airport.&nbsp;&nbsp; A great place to watch animals and their owners interact with each other.&nbsp; The dogs have a great time in getting to smell all the&nbsp;odors as well as getting to exercise and chase other dogs and/or their owners.&nbsp;&nbsp; With all the animals and their many years of dog obedience classes, it is an interesting place as a Hound Dog and a Labrador have no respect for obedience in a 40 acre fenced field.&nbsp;&nbsp; The little lake is a great addition as well for the retriever dogs.&nbsp; THANK&nbsp;YOU&nbsp;to the City of Fort Smith for the Dog Park !&nbsp;</p><p>Chris Ashworth DVM</p>

Glad you like the dog park

<p>A vetinarian's ringing endorsement of a municipal dog park is always a very good thing. Glad you and your friends enjoy quality time in the park.</p>

i enjoy coffee, but how can

<p>i enjoy coffee, but how can anybody stomach the syrupy, powder-based taste of any drink from sweet bay?</p><p>my weekend consists of devouring enough powdered doughnuts to form a small pellet of trans-fat that could be used to mold a bank-teller's name tag, while chasing them with shots of various liquors and liquor-based cough syrups until i am in a dxm-induced haze of drunken, slovenly stupidity.&nbsp; it's quite amusing to watch as i stand up randomly to test my balance until the last time i stand up, which is when i'm sure i've drunk enough to scurry off for my weekend wife beating, because i don't remember why i stood up, and usually when i'm drunk and have nothing to do beating my wife sounds like too good an opportunity to pass on.</p><p>about the time i finish letting my wife know how much i love her i feel pretty good, because doing things like that is fun.</p><p>then i visit creekmore park to watch the kids play until i pass out in my car seat, ankle deep in beer cans.&nbsp; i've found that watching the kids play helps me to find the jealous sense of entitlement i feel to the childhood i lost that drives my brain to cut off the signal to my finger before i pull the trigger.&nbsp; children, they are god's gift to man, and they inspire me to carry on in my life.</p><p>i feel pretty good when i wake up, because where i park the sun beats right down on my face through the windshield.&nbsp; you wouldn't think it from looking at only my face, but i'm actually quite pale.&nbsp; the tan from forehead to chin is slightly gradient due to the polarized windshield on my f-350, but everything in my personality seems to want to escape the realization that i look like an idiot and instead state that the draw of my darker chin helps people to notice my full, permed mullet.</p><p>once sunday rolls around i watch the game with the boys, and we all ponder the philosophical ramifications of sports and the tribe-mentality of supporting a group of people we'll never meet by talking about how great our lives could have been if only i hadn't injured my kneecap in that last game against alma.&nbsp; maybe then i'd have married enid and we'd be doing doritoes commercials after my hall of fame entry speech.&nbsp; just maybe.&nbsp; i use the time between recalling alcohol-distorted memories and shouting at the television to verbally molest my wife's self-esteem in front of my friends.&nbsp; i've found that a smug sense of self-satisfaction can be easily achieved over the snorts and chortles of a couple guys who weigh enough combined to take on a few of the young bucks if they were feeling randy.</p><p>thanks for the opportunity to share my weekend, tracy.&nbsp; i hope you guys find some really cool stuff to do from what i've written!</p>

Too syrupy

<p>Your ideas are way too sweet and trans-fatty for my self-imposed diet. It stinks that a knee injury ruined your entire life.</p>

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