Often, when I get to work, I park and take a moment before going into work. I like to watch people as they go into the building to start their day. I like to watch the security guards that go racing around on their segways! They are the best...you know, they have their little bike helmet on and they are dressed in a uniform that looks very official and police like and just zip around on what looks like a giant child's toy. --I think actual police may be using segways too.
I get to see the property garden team refresh plantings. I love how they walk around in their safari looking, khaki shorts. They are moving plants and planters using dollies...it's heavy work and I can see why they would want to get started in the early morning hours. (Though it's not that early when I get to work...at least not in horticulture time.)
I also like to see the property maintenance crew that get to ride around in their golf carts or John Deere Gators. (Some are in golf carts...some are in gators.) Honestly, these men cruise! They are zipping along on a sidewalk, so there is no posted speed limit. But they are definitely pushing the pedal to the metal. And because it's a sidewalk, they look like they are going uber fast.
I like to get my zen on by watching all of the activity before venturing out to my work world each day. I do this by watching all of the activity that keeps the campus running and keeps it beautiful.
One day, with no warning and no explanatory sign, there were these wonderful cows just placed along the sidewalk on campus. There are cows on the other side of the building as well. Just cows.
Curious, right? The cows have been at their posts for about a month. Now, during my morning zen watching, I get to watch people walk by the cows. Every day I see at least one person that clearly hasn't seen the cows before. They walk slowly past. They typically continue to look even after they have passed. Some stop. Some seem to talk to the cows...saying things like "weird".
I did a little research to see what the scoop is. Turns out it's a Cow Parade for Charity. The CowParade is an art exhibit which are displayed in public places and then auctioned with proceeds going to a local charity.
And, until the auction (in February) we get to discover colorful cows in unexpected places. Or...we could choose to get a map and seek all of the cows out. --I prefer to just be surprised each time I see one.
Have you seen this type of public art or charity event in your city?