August 14, 2005

The City Mouse and the Country Mouse

Blog sistah, Michele of Letters from NYC, has resurrected her old blogger site, posting pix of NYC and showing what life is like there. As she says, “I'm back to both conduct a photo blog essay/journey/experiment and also to find new footing.” She’s still at her regular blog… but she’s doing both. It's a very cool tour she's doing through NYC, showing us great places to eat and shop, as well as sites... and the safe subway!

She said I inspired her to resurrect this old site because

She and I were e-mailing one day and I confessed that my husband travels to NYC frequently. I refuse to travel with him. We’ve actually had borderline arguments about it. NYC SCARES ME. Big city. Lots of people. Crime… it’s always in the paper.

My husband is from Jersey. Italian from Newark. Trust me, the man can take care of himself. He is very street savvy. My first trip to the city with him, we’re packing and I have my bright pink and blue shirts and he says, “Hun, dark clothes. Think dark. People don’t dress like a neon sign in the city.” Blech.

I did have a good time… because… I was with him. Like I said, he’s street savvy so it was like having a protector. He’s not afraid to drive in the city, hail a cab, or anything. Me? Fugetaboutit. I probably couldn’t buy a frickin’ hot dog from a street vendor.

This was an actual conversation he and I had:

He: Come to NYC with me.

Me: No.

He: Why?

Me: NYC is scary. If I have to get somewhere far away, I have to hail a cab.

He: *pause* What?

Me: You have to hail a cab. I can’t do that. I can’t stand in a street and hail a cab.

He: OooooK. The bellman can hail you a cab. That’s what they do.

Me: Yes, but I have to get BACK to the hotel. Unless the bellman is coming WITH me, I still have to hail a cab to get home.

He: You’re not coming to NYC are you?

Me: No.

So Michele thought it was funny. I’m just not a city girl. I don’t like to fly and I don’t like big cities and tonight at dinner it came out… that it is a joke… between my husband and three boys.

Nice. I’m the brunt of their jokes. Surprise. Y’all probably knew that already. I’ve been kept in the dark.

We’re at dinner and my eldest says to my husband, with dripping sarcasm, “Ohhhh! I remember! Mom’s 2nd most favorite thing in the world is FLYING! She loves how everyone is all crammed together in those seats, sitting so close to one another. But I also remember her first favorite thing! New York City! She LOVES being around all those people!” And on and on he and Son#2 went, with my husband sitting across the table from me, refusing to make eye contact.

Finally I said, “You joked about all this with them?” Evidently the boys want to go to NYC.

Looking up from his plate with a grin he said, “Yup.”

Soooo…. Now it looks like I’ll be taking the boys to NYC in the next year or two. HOWEVER, I’m not dreading it so much because Michele is there. Sometimes… all it takes is knowing… there is ONE friendly person there… and it makes all the difference in the world.

Posted by Boudicca at August 14, 2005 09:07 PM | TrackBack

I'm with you. As the adage says you can take the boy out of the country but you can't take the country out of the boy. I suppose I am as gregarious as anybody but crowds bug me! I want elbow room and the crowded streets and sidewalks of NYC don't give me any. I have not been there in over forty years and thats not long enough to be away. It is an interesting place and I like to see it on TV. But,then I also get hyper in a crowded shopping mall which I have not been in for several years. Tell the ant killer that I still need to talk to him about that juice he uses to paste them to the ground. There may be a market for that stuff!

Posted by: GUYK at August 14, 2005 09:42 PM

ACK! I never thought about having to hail cabs. No way. There is no way on God's earth I could stand in the street and yell. I. just. could. not. It's a wonder English people live there at all.

Posted by: Sally at August 15, 2005 06:56 AM

Bou, the subway is great. You can do it. Just don't pull out a map very obviously and look lost! ;-)

I went there about 10 years ago. I was there for a convention. I even stayed for the weekend. It is well worth the trip.

Posted by: vw bug at August 15, 2005 07:25 AM

The Wife and I are going in September... although I'm a Hillbilly, I can yell in the streets with the best of them...

Posted by: Eric at August 15, 2005 07:52 AM

I'm with you -- the idea of having to maneuver through NYC myself? Nuh-uh. I have always wanted to go, but somebody who knows how to work all of the NYC stuff would have to go with me.

Posted by: Richmond at August 15, 2005 09:33 AM

"Sometimes… all it takes is knowing… there is ONE friendly person there"

Heh. That's why I went to Orlando :-)

Posted by: Harvey at August 15, 2005 09:58 PM

It's not that bad.

And actually the subway was pretty fun.

We were in NYC last summer for vacation and I loved it. I loved seeing all the hustle and busel, the sites, the subway.

I want to go back at some point because we didn't spend enough time there at all.

And to top it off, while at the subway station (Grand Central?) we looked quite lost and there were plenty of people that actually just stopped and said you look lost, where are you going? We told them and they took us to a map and explained the whole thing to us. People were very nice.

I would do the subway before doing a cab.

And you have to do Ellis Island, it was like a religious experience for me. I could swear I felt my ancestors presence while there.

Posted by: Machelle at August 17, 2005 08:41 AM