I never knew how great I had it.
As kids, most of us have the thoughts of getting away from our home town. Where we grow up is never as “cool” or “exciting” as anywhere else in the entire world. Growing up in the neighborhoods around Five Mile/Overland in the 1980’s I was the same way. Boise was boring, and the far away lands of Los Angeles and New York were so much more exciting and provided unlimited possibilities. A lot of my daydreaming occurred on the short bike rides to Elms Park and Five Mile Plaza, two of the strip malls that were built in the late 1970’s/early 1980’s at the corner of Five Mile and Overland. I spent a lot, if not most of my free time and summer vacations there. And I never knew how great I had it.