A Year In New York

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Day 365: 11 Things New York Taught Me

June 30th, 2009 · 9 Comments

Today I’ve been running last-minute errands and pondering what it all means, spending a year in New York City. I’ve worn through a lot of shoe leather in this crazy town and learned some hard lessons,  and now it’s time for me to pass those lessons on to you. Here goes: 1. The World Won’t […]

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Tags: Deep Thoughts · East Coast v. West Coast · Encounters with Nature · Getaways · Sights & Scenes · The Rat Race · Urban Survival · Why I Hate This Town · Why I Love This Town

Day 364: A Dash to the Other Side

June 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment

At 6:30 this morning, a small family of raccoons crawled from the shrubs in Central Park. Mom flattened herself under a green wire fence while two little ones scrambled over. They had just collected themselves for the journey across East Drive when they looked up to see a giant! Their mouths almost formed into little […]

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Tags: Deep Thoughts · East Coast v. West Coast · Encounters with Nature · Sights & Scenes · The Rat Race · Urban Survival · Why I Hate This Town

Day 250: One Route to Rule Them All

March 5th, 2009 · No Comments

It still hurts to take a deep breath after the snowboarding injury I got a few weeks ago. Joo thinks I bruised or even broke a rib. No treatment is available but rest, so I resort to only exercise that doesn’t hurt. I walk to work. I’ve experimented with different routes and today I walked […]

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Tags: Sights & Scenes · The Rat Race · Urban Survival

Day 234: Break Glass In Case of Emergency

February 17th, 2009 · No Comments

My wallet lacked $20s, so I visited the WaMu down the street. This particular block has a coffee shop,  a frozen-yogurt place and a cigar store with a wooden Indian outside, yet I like the bank the best. That’s because it’s a WaMu. WaMu is Washington Mutual, the Seattle bank known for its open floor […]

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Tags: Deep Thoughts · East Coast v. West Coast · Sights & Scenes · The Rat Race · Why I Hate This Town

Day 227: The Retail Gap

February 10th, 2009 · 2 Comments

The outward sign of hardship here in Manhattan is the empty storefronts. One walks along a bright, continuous smile of retail establishments, and suddenly there’s a gap where a shop used to be.

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Tags: Deep Thoughts · The Rat Race · Urban Survival

Day 161: The Lie in the Switch of the Wardrobe

December 7th, 2008 · 7 Comments

A few weeks ago Joo and I traveled to Boston, where temperatures were in the twenties, and the clothing dilemma that I had mothballed for months gained a sharp, aching clarity. Winter is coming, and this Californian had arrived on the East Coast woefully unequipped. The problem isn’t staying warm, exactly; it’s staying fashionable. I […]

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Tags: East Coast v. West Coast · The Rat Race

Day 143: The Big Rat

November 19th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Since I got to New York I have been spotting this big blow-up rat standing on the curb. It moves from place to place and clearly is bidding for attention – but whose? Sanitation workers? The Goth people? Clubhoppers who take the word “underground” a little too literally? This morning the rat appeared right across […]

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Tags: Sights & Scenes · The Rat Race · Why I Love This Town

Day 50: Running Hard

August 15th, 2008 · No Comments

I just started a 10-week skills clinic offered by the New York Road Runners to get a swift kick in the butt. Running in Central Park is pleasant, but these sleek New Yorkers keep passing me. Class met at P.S. 6 (that’s Public School 6) on East 81st Street and I expected that, who knows, […]

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Tags: Sports · The Rat Race

Day 36: Having Just Missed the Party

August 1st, 2008 · 2 Comments

This evening I unexpectedly find myself at dinner on the Lower East Side with a columnist for a big New York magazine and his girlfriend. (Don’t ask.) There had been no warning, no time to prepare. I smile and nod gamely over the eggplant lasagna and wish I’d shaved, or combed my hair, or gotten […]

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Tags: Dining · Personalities · Schmoozing · The Rat Race · Why I Hate This Town

Day 28: Perils of the Urban Curb

July 24th, 2008 · 4 Comments

At 80th and Lexington, immobilized behind a garbage truck, I drum my fingers on the dashboard and contemplate the cruel irony of the term “parking space.” To park there must be space, and in Manhattan there simply is none.

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Tags: Sights & Scenes · The Rat Race · Urban Survival · Why I Hate This Town