Ah yes. The City.
It’s so beautiful to me and just so, so different from Binghamton and even from back home in LA. The hustle and bustle, crowded streets, fast pace, high energy – it is truly the city that never sleeps.
You know who needs to sleep though?
I tried, though. Really, I did. I drove from Binghamton to Tarrytown, took the metro to Grand Central, then met up with some friends at a karaoke bar. I got there by around midnight so I figured, if I started late that means I should be able to stay up later, right? WRONG.
When I first got there I was all:
Two hours later…
Ok, so maybe the whole staying up all night aspect of NYC isn’t my thing, but there are plenty of other things in the city I could enjoy. Like, meeting people. Yes, meeting people. In a city that is known for being unfriendly.
It’s the strangest thing. I’ve only been to the city one other time before and in both of my visits I’ve only been by myself for about a couple hours at a time. Despite that though, I still manage to meet people and each time it’s happened it isn’t because I initiated the conversation. Now, I could get all conceited and take that to mean I am so awesome people are drawn to my awesomeness and they simply can’t help but talk to me but truthfully, I don’t think that’s it. I’m sure part of it is because I probably do emit positive energy (especially these days), which draw people to me, but I think the bigger part is people simply want to connect to another person. I mean, the environment is such that it doesn’t encourage small talk, with everyone always in a hurry, inside their own heads worrying or thinking about where they’re going to or what they need to do, but take that away and what you have left are the people. And for the most part, people just want to share their thoughts and experiences with someone who will listen. Lucky for me, I’m a pretty good listener so I manage to meet some interesting people.
This means that the next time I’m in the city I now have additional people I can go meet up with, one of whom works for a place that sells Broadway show tickets at half-price the day of the show. I have not yet experienced a Broadway show in NYC and it is one of the things I really, really want to do, so thank you universe for sending this person over to me! (I mean, I could’ve still gone to a show without meeting this person, but still…I love meeting people and this just further solidified my need/desire to see a show 🙂 )
New friends, old friends, Broadway shows…can’t wait for my next venture into the concrete jungle!