Monday, August 6, 2007

August 6th, 2002

Today's my New Yorkiversary. Five years since I flew in wearing new clothes I didn't know I hadn't removed the price tag from until I landed in JFK and some nice lady told me.

I remember thinking my sister was rude for not meeting me at the airport. Now I know cabs are reserved for when you've mixed wine with margaritas, Jack Daniels, and ice cream sundaes, late for a job interview, or have a baby well on its way out your cervix.

I wish I could go out for a drink. Celebrate. But I have an article to write and by the time I'm done everyone I know will be in bed. There are one or two people I *could* call but I'm trying not to call those people because I get into trouble when I hang around those people and I no longer want to party like the old days. You know. The old days. When we all wore petticoats and got drunk on fermented canned goods.

Instead I got some birthday candles out of the kitchen cabinet, lit 5 + 1 to-grow-on off the stove burner and sang a little ditty that went something like this:

Happy New York to me.
Happy New York to me.
Happy New York to me.
Happy New York to me!

They were the cheap kind that melt fast so halfway through I blew them out over a bowl of mac-and-cheese

I'm sorry New York City. You deserve better. I know I used to say I'd be here 5 years and then I'd leave you for someone else. Seattle. LA. Austin. London. But I don't know if I can. You are my favorite place in the entire world and you mean everything to me.

Whoever says Times Square sucks hasn't ever been to Jimmy's Corner, 44th between 6th and Broadway. Ask for Mickie.


Robert said...

People either get New York, or they don't. I got to grow up here, got to leave for 10 years of school, work and travel, and got to come back. It's the greatest city in the world, and I'm glad you're loving being here.

Anonymous said...

couldn't agree more. have lived and/or worked in many cities around the world, and this is my favourite by far.

ballulah said...

jimmy's corner! i used to work a few doors away from there. great bar.

Shallon said...

Love your blog. Only suggestion is adopt the term "manhattaversary" instead of new yorkeriversaryday or whatever. just a thought. a very pushy, totally un-requested, grammatically oriented thought.