08 October 2007 | New York
At the moment we are moored at the 79th Street boat basin which is a little surreal. When I was in high school I lived on the Upper Westside and we used to hang out at the boat basin and drink beer so it's kind of strange that I am using the dinghy dock/pier as something other than a bar. As we sit on Indy and look ashore, I can see places/ buildings that were my playground. Funny.
It has been wonderful being back. The first day here I went to Chinatown and had a facial/ massage at my usual haunts. The people where I usually go were excited to see me but my new life was lost in translation. I tried explaining it but it was a no go so I ended up saying I had just been very busy.
We took the kids to the park, hit a street fair, had Japanese, went to Zabars and got all the specialty things the city has to offer. Although there was a part of being back that felt strange, as if I was a voyeur in what I consider my hometown. It's hard to explain. Three years before moving onboard Indy we had left the city for Westchester but I always felt like the City was still home..my dr's are here, hairdresser etc and it was only 33 miles away. I guess I felt a disconnect because I am living such a different life than what NY represents. Don't get me wrong, it's not a better way of life just a very different one. It's strange to be here and not have anywhere I have to be... work, errands, places or parties.
Strange..everyone was in a hurry but me. I missed the hustle a bit if I were to be honest.
I think what draws me most to NY is the rawness of it. People are no nonsense, get to the point, lay it on the table which I find truly refreshing....life is too short to be any other way.