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Little Big City

I feel like I am in a Western showdown.  Where two men face each other across the dirt packed main street, the big town clock slowly ticking down the time in a most dramatic manner. Tick. Tick. Tick. “This town ain’t big enough for the two of us,” one man says, his dusty fingers itching towards the gun hanging at his side.

You know the image. It’s classic to every single Western ever made.  Only, I’m…

  1. Not a man
  2. Not a gunslinger
  3. In New York City

And yet I feel like I’m in a showdown where this city just ain’t big enough.

My life? I hope not!

Everyone talks about how big New York is, and I mean they do have a point. After all there are like what over 8 million people in this city? But it doesn’t matter.  It’s still a freakin small area of land. And whoever says it isn’t is a liar.  Either that or I am just destined to always run into people I know while out and about…

Let me tell you a story.  Two weeks ago I was down in the Lower West Side doing some shopping and eating with a friend, and we’re talking as I explain my theory that New York really isn’t that big. And BAM–we run into someone who lives down the hall from us–note we all live in the Upper West Side so it’s not like we were just in the area. Then not 5 minutes after we see our neighbor, I run into my  freshman year roommate.  So random.  We rarely ran into each other on a small campus with like 2,000 students, yet we managed to run into each other in freakin New York City.

But these are not singular circumstances. Oh no! My best Ria was living in this “city” two years ago for a summer internship, and there she was walking home after work one day and she literally bumps into three people from our college on the street. Drama was it was three people who she didn’t necessarily get along with.

The same? Maybe...

So yeah. Lesson learned from Ria? Make sure you check your book of potential nemeses before moving to New York because you just may see them walking down the street!


July 24, 2011 at 1:39 pm 2 comments

If It’s a Concrete Jungle, Am I the Monkey?

A few years back I met my brother’s roommate/biffle (best friend for life) Tucker who “took his leisure in the Hamptons”–his words–and while I’ve never taken anyone’s leisure or been to the Hamptons–unless you count USA Network’s Royal Pains–sometimes I do like to channel Tucker and claim that I “summer in the City.”  And by the City, I think we all know I mean the City, New York that “concrete jungle where dreams are made of” because apparently there’s nothing you can’t do in New York–besides find affordable housing and take nature hikes.  Those are reserved for other songs and locations.


Nevertheless, right now I am sitting in my New York City hotel about to start my second summer [note: click here to read about my first summer in NYC]  in the City that Never Sleeps and embark on what people like to call “hell” aka the Columbia Publishing Course.  Golly Gee.  While I am not as paranoid, skittish, wary, and panicked as I was last summer when I came NYC a fresh-faced, suburban girl fresh off the plane from Scotland–so maybe not that panicked after all I had managed to conquer British diving laws and currency during my study abroad–but I still have to say that while I love the opportunities of New York, I am not a fan of the city itself.  It is dirty and loud and hectic and filled with people and public transport and it’s too big and I don’t know if I am going to like living in Harlem.  But on the bright side…

I’m in Freakin New York about to study Freakin Publishing at Freakin Columbia University.  Yeah.

They went to Columbia...maybe I too will turn into a Gossip Girl over the summer

So dear friends, say a little non-denomination and non-religious prayer for me and my newest New York adventure. May it be devoid of panic attacks and filled with success. And pick up my current New York inspired read, a re-release of Loveswept’s An Unexpected Song by Iris Johansen about a Broadway star and her sexy, mysterious producer.

Romantic Question: Is the City really all that sexy? And do you have any City inspired reads for me?

June 17, 2011 at 12:01 pm 3 comments

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