nyc thoughts

I’m typing this from my Dell Mini, which is nice enough, but there is a serious learning curve when it comes to the placement of some of the keys. That being said… it’s really awesome to carry a computer around that doesn’t weigh all that much, and can fit in an average-sized shoulder bag. And did I mention it’s pink? 🙂

Anyhow… I’ve noticed a few things while in the Big Apple:

  1. If you are average-sized in the Midwest, you will be FAT in New York City. This will make you vow to go on the Master Cleanse — for, like, ever — once you return home, not stopping until you weigh 98 pounds or end up in the ER from dehydration, exhaustion, or both.
  2. Any fashion knowledge you think you may have will be null and void during Fashion Week in New York City, even if in your own city of 2 million people you are generally viewed as stylish. This will make you feel as though you’re in 8th grade and everyone around you is at least a senior in high school, if not already a college graduate.
  3. No one outside of Chicago recognizes the Chicago flag. Everyone who sees the tattoo on my arm asks if it’s the flag of some obscure European country. I feel like making one up — Balki Bartokomous and Mypos, anyone? — just so I can screw with people a little bit.
  4. Is it so unusual for women to travel alone? A woman I met at a meeting this morning seemed astonished that I’d do so. I felt like reminding her I was visiting New York City and not Iran, but instead I nodded and pretended I was super cool. Even though I felt very fat (and unfashionable) sitting next to her at brunch.
  5. Even though I’m not a fan of touristy things, I may well go on a Circle Tour bus around Manhattan before I leave. If for no other reason than to bring my notebook and write down the silly and/or kitschy things tourists say. You never know when these things will come in handy.

That’s all for now… it’s a slow day for me today, since it’s the second rainy day in a row and all I really want to do is curl up in bed with a book and fall asleep early. Tomorrow I’m checking out of the hostel and heading to the Brooklyn Book Festival, after which I’m heading to my friend Jake’s apartment, where he and his wife Rose (and doggie Quinn) will host me until Wednesday… and then it’s off to the Bronx for me! Yes, this NYC trip takes me from Brooklyn to the Bronx, and all points in between. And I’.ve also got a JOB INTERVIEW in midtown a week from Tuesday, which is all kinds of exciting. Namaste.