Random Thoughts From a Week in New York City

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You thought visiting New York City would make you feel cool, but actually it makes you feel poor and un-busy.

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You thought it would be sooooo different from the rest of America.

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But really it’s the same, just better.

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People talk like movies.

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And the street names and landmarks are recognizable from your favorite CBS crime dramas.

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Jogging through Central Park is a cliche, like everything else you do here.

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Going to museums and making ‘hmmm’ sounds

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does not diminish the fact that you went to MoMA primarily to scout for Facebook cover photos.

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And that Prospect Park was a 585-acre struggle not to shout ‘why are you so fucking twee?!’ at the dogs and their walkers.

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And that, fuck the locals, tall buildings are amazing and you’re going to stop every few steps to capture them.

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You’re acutely aware that everything you can say or do or think in this place is already said, done, thunked.

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So instead of trying anything new, you might as well spend it like a week at home.

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See friends, eat meals,

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take long bike rides as dangerous as they are destinationless, 

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take pictures of pedestrian shit like snowblowers, mouth open like some kind of Appalachian.

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You don’t see everything,

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Or maybe  even anything.

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But you realize as you leave, you were busy after all. And maybe even rich.

5 Comments

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5 responses to “Random Thoughts From a Week in New York City

  1. If you’re my age, people in New York don’t talk like the movies. They talk like Sid Caesar’s Show of Shows. For about a year after I moved to New York, I thought everybody was constantly trying to raise a laugh, because I had only ever heard a New York accent come out of the mouth of a comedian. “Dya wanna have mayo wid dat toikey bagel?” is a legitimate question, not a punch line.

  2. Steve

    I can’t find words to express how much I enjoy your writings and photography.

  3. The pictures are beautiful and the writing really cool. I really enjoyed it. hmm, i have said the same thing that Steve said in a different way. Does it still count as a comment?!

  4. Ah the old conundrum of how to write about/think about/look at somewhere that has been so much written about-thought about-looked at, but somehow find a validity in your own doing so that makes it worth while for yourself and for anyone else who happens across your views.

    Job done I’d say! I loved the format of this, it works so well and I may have to steal it some time. Beautiful pics too.

  5. I’m so glad I found this blog. Your writing conveys a voice of warmth, compassion, gentle humor, and intelligence. The photographs here were great too; I loved the snow blower pic especially.

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