When I was a child, my parents traveled to New York for a Psychoanalytic conference (yes, I am the offspring of not one, but two psychoanalysts!) that happened every year at Christmas time, and more than once I accompanied them. I grew older and ended up at college an hour from the city, and between those two stories, I fell in love. I fell in love with the fact that you can stare at your fellow passengers on the subway, and everyone looks different. I fell in love with the tall buildings and the taxi cabs. And with the row houses in Greenwich Village and the throngs of people in mid-town. And of course, there's the museums and the music and the opera and the plays and the ballet and Central park. I love it all. I love the smells and the sounds of the streets. Last night I didn't get to sleep until three a.m. and heard people bustling about on the streets full blast. This place truly never sleeps.
Then there are the nooks and crannies. An Irish bar with the yummiest, creamiest Guinness I've ever tasted, a tapas restaurant tucked under a train bridge park that cuts right through the center of the high rises. And every time I come here, I find something new that blows my mind. I feel lucky that there are people here I love with whom I can visit and reunite. They are my insiders. I don't come here very often. Hardly ever any more. I love it though. I have a dream of needing a reason to be here for a useful purpose, to live for a little bit. Maybe three months, or a year.
New York is a man-made marvel that is a painting in my mind. It is a paradise of people dream's and creations. And the best part is that it is in perfect contrast to the wild Pacific Northwest that I now call home. New York is vivid and beautiful and will be dancing in my mind for a long time after I return to my house in the mossy forest.
Coffee: I enjoyed a delicious decaf in a coffee shop I can't remember the name of, where Andrew Sullivan (the famous blogger I've actually never read, but might start reading on a recommendation) has coffee occasionally.
Cups and Bags Challenge: We got two emails today about cup usage! This is great! So, we're up to $27. Send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org if you use a reusable cup to buy a drink and I'll send a dollar to Bring Recycling!