A NY vs. LA State of Mind

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!

Obligatory 2008 Entry

It’s 2008. I’m closer to being old. The only cool thing about 2008 is that it’s the One Hundred Year Anniversary of my sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the first sorority founded for Black college women. Oh, and The Wire is back. Other than these two points, 2008 had nuthin’ else going for it, as far as I am concerned.

My thing for ’08 is going to be work it, hustle, just DO it. I’ve spent many a month now, not doing the projects I want to do, not pursuing my goals. Confusing myself.  But ’08 is my transition year. Part of my problem is I can’t seem to keep  my behind out of school. I swore off school once I was done at MIT, but somehow found myself in this grad program at USC. I promise I didn’t plan this, this was totally accidental. Either way, I wrap up the master’s in May, and I plan on hitting the ground running. I am going to take it easy these first two quarters, quietly planning my execution come summertime.

And now, I leave you with my favorite hustle lyrics of the moment, by the esteemed Jay-Z:

“Hustle cane, hustle clothes, or hustle music/But hustle hard in any hustle that you pick.”