A year ago, I was in New York

Times Square is virtually empty.

They’re building a field hospital in Central Park.

Suzi reminded me that a year ago at this time, we were in New York City. As exciting as all our trips there are, this visit had an amazing amount of memories in a just a few short days.

Here’s a summary in blog posts of some of those memories.

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Different time, different places

As of about a month ago, it looks like Liz from Am I Thirty Yet was having just a little bit of culture shock moving from New York City to somewhere upstate.

Since I grew up in a little town upstate — I’m guessing fairly close to where she is now, although I don’t know where, since she refers to the Catskills — I found the post to be both funny and a little thought-provoking about the things you find normal but others find unusual.

For example, it wasn’t something I gave much thought to, and fortunately had little no experience with, but growing up, all I knew was volunteer firefighters, including several of my relatives.

But what are some of the things I’ve found different over the years, even little things, in the larger places I’ve lived in or gone since then?

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‘Normal’ is what you make of it

Laundry’s going.

My wife will be grocery shopping.

Our cat Sasha was originally happy to see us, but now she’s off doing whatever it is she’s doing.

We’re home from New York, and although neither of us go back to work until Monday, things will now get back to normal.

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No plan? No problem!

Decision time … at an intersection. Left or right?

“There’s a mass of humanity that way, and a mass of humanity that way.”

“You’re in Manhattan. There’s going to be a mass of humanity wherever you are.”


We went right.

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Counting down the days to New York

The trip to New York was going to happen as soon as we got tickets to Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s “Fleabag” one-woman show, but now that the train tickets are bought and the hotel room reserved, it’s just a little more real.

After missing it in London, we’re also going to see “Network” with Bryan Cranston on Broadway, and my wife found a “Times Talks” event featuring Sara Bareilles while we’re there.

So yeah, it should be good.

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Relationship status — traveling

A post on Rosie Culture uses an interesting term to describe not lingering so long on past travels that it keeps you from living in the here and now — “breaking up” with where you’ve been.

“I’ve said goodbye, for now, and visit the happy memories every once in a while. But I won’t spend time yearning for something that once was.”

But what if we looked at our travels like they were dates? What would that look like? (I should say these are my own opinions from my own trips. Your mileage may vary.) Continue reading “Relationship status — traveling”

In defense of tourists

The condescension practically oozed off the screen of my iPad in a way that had the ooze been real, I’d be on my way to the nearest Apple store saying, “Idon’tknowwhathappenedpleasefixthis?!”

“Nothing pegs a tourist more quickly than a chunky pair of athletic sneakers. You can spot them from a mile away, and they can take an otherwise neutral look from cool traveler to dorky out-of-towner almost immediately.” Continue reading “In defense of tourists”

In search of the elusive ‘upstate’ New York

Years ago — I’m guessing mid-2003 — when I was both new to my job and to Massachusetts, the people in another department beckoned me to their area of the office.

Later, I wound up being pretty friendly with most of them, but at the time, I had barely spoken to them and may not even known all of their names. But they had something to tell me that they thought I might like.

Having heard that I was from “upstate New York,” they informed me they were going to have an intern from upstate. Continue reading “In search of the elusive ‘upstate’ New York”