A NY vs. LA State of Mind

December 23, 2009

in Music,Personal

I’ve been quiet on the blogging front because so much is going on, yet nothing is going on. All at the same time.

I’ve been in LA since mid-November, and have no plans to return to NYC until January. I know. Who does that? All that precious rent money in Manhattan going to keeping my messy bedroom warm. I told ya’ll I hate cold weather. The good thing is my friends seem to be using my apartment while I’m out. Living in Manhattan means most people want to come stay with you (or at your place in your absence) due to your location to the City. I’m always opening my home to my friends when I can (as does my roommate). Somebody might as well enjoy the fruits of my labor if I can’t.

Can I tell you how happy I am to be in LA? I see the sun everyday at home! The Target stores are all neat and fully stocked! There’s no long ridiculous line at Whole Foods! I can drive anywhere I need to at a moment’s notice! I have a car to fill up with all my shopping bounty! I’m wearing flipflops in December! I don’t have to buy a whole new wardrobe just to get through 4 months of life! I’m pondering why it is I moved from this place. I miss it. Sigh.

You know what I noticed? Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” is somewhat meaningless when  you’re not in NY. When it comes on the radio in LA, I am not excited. I am not pumped. I am not loving NY. I am loving my flipflops in December! But in NY, this song is the best walking-through-the-city soundtrack. It’s the best song to sing to in the club. I feel like I’ve bought into the hype I always knew existed: New York is the greatest to only those who live there. I suppose New Yorkers have to stay positive when the sun hides behind skyscrapers, and the  City doesn’t have the convenience of fully-stocked, neat Target stores nearby. 

As another year closes, I am yet again reevaluating the meaning of life, and what it is I’m doing with myself (my year-end emo state of mind). I do this throughout the year, but the end of the year and the holidays forces me to really inspect everything. I’m sure I will come up with something interesting to do in 2010!

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Bill Cammack December 29, 2009 at 5:50 AM

I agree with what you’re saying. I wouldn’t expect anything New Yorkish to make sense or mean much to anything that isn’t from here or a wannabe emulator.
Being an actual New Yorker, I can tell you that we don’t need or look for The Sun. :) The only difference hot weather makes is that the chicks wear less clothing, which, depending on the chick is either a good or BAD thing! :D
New York is about the hustle. It’s all about possibilities.. What you CAN do if you want to. Africans come here and sell fake watches out of briefcases on street corners and make money. Old Asian Women are sent through the subways with bootleg DVDs and batteries for sale to pay off their travel expenses for being brought here from The Old Country. New York is about the tourists that come through Times Square every day so you never have to go anywhere to sample other cultures.
If there’s one thing NYC ISN’T about, it’s weather. :) Everything we have is built to be done indoors. Everything’s based on turnover. People are here one day and gone the next. Send in the next batch! :D It’s really not a lifestyle that would make sense to people that grew up in slower or more organic environments, meaning anywhere else in the world. :D

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Jennifer aka 2Serenity/TheJennTaFur January 6, 2010 at 10:15 PM

I thought about you when I read this article, Liz ->
Newcomers Adjust, Eventually, to New York
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/27/nyregion/27arrival.html?src=tp

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Liz January 19, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Thanks for this Jen! I can totally identify with the people in this piece. Feb 2 ill be my year anniversary here in NYC. I think this has been an interesting year learning about myself through learning about NYC.

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