Saturday, March 8, 2014

lessons from my city.

things new york has taught me, part uno.

o1.  i'm now in a hurry to get EVERYWHERE.  not only because the trains are so conveniently spaced 12 minutes apart right when i need one, but because i now live in new york city.  i'm constantly weaving around people, even if there isn't really a purpose.  i feel as if i'm running that half marathon i ran sophomore year in college when i signed up for the time-group that included blind people in wheelchairs because i wasn't sure how fast i would be able to run.  slow is now too slow.

(the other day in hoboken, while i was walking after dinner with friends, i cut off a couple on the sidewalk so intensely that you would have thought i had somewhere to go.  i didn't.  "THIS ISN'T NEW YORK CITY, AMY," my friend jabbed.  the subsequent long walk in front of them was a bit awkward, to say the least.)

o2.  sometimes you have to sacrifice your body for a more spacious floor plan.  because i moved my full-sized bed into the little nook that would have been cute and cozy when i was eight years old, i can no longer open my closet door all the way.  in order to grab something from the back, i have to strategically squeeze the smallest part of my abdomen into the small space left between the door knob and the wall, and let's just say that this isn't the most comfortable position.

o3.  leave for everything ~20 minutes early.  baby fell on the subway tracks, chick held the subway doors open for too long, it's finally 50 degrees outside and the winter gods don't want you enjoying the warm weather.... basically anything and everything will delay the subway.  especially when you're on the 1 train, which is the dumbest train on the face of this earth, and is also the only train i ever take because i'm too lazy to walk to the D.

"i thought new york city was going to be the most exciting, magical, fraught-with-possibility place that you could ever live; in a place where if you really wanted something, you might be able to get it; a place where i'd be surrounded by people i was dying to be with.  and i turned out to be right." 
- nora ephron

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