I have just realized that New York is so metaphorically and psychically "BIG", I can barely sit down to put my tiny little experiences into words. It is big energetically - not even the physical bigness. It takes you over. I can't even take photos because I seem so little here. Besides, I live here now and don't want to look like a tourist. It's a little weird because i am so visual - i usually need to be taking photos. But here, the experiences are so big I can't really even handle it. I am taking it in with every inch of my being - my eyes, ears, skin, nose, and sense of balance as I walk, watching for a runaway cab ready to run me down, looking for the markers that tell me I'm on the right path.
But, for now, I will catch you up with words...
Once I get the hangers I need, a wastebasket, and an incense burner, we are officially moved in. (Ok - the art is still missing. But everyone deals with art for awhile.) We love our apartment and the more we hang out in other parts of the city - as much as we enjoy them - the UES (Upper East Side)is it for us. QUIET! Last night, our "date" was an evening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the Turner exhibit. I got sidetracked by a photography exhibit, which was fabulous. Then, we walked 5 blocks to 2nd ave and found a pizza place - anxious to find a substitute for our beloved Broder's in Minneapols. Well, this was good - very good. But, hey, the pizza cost $34.95! Ok, we had it for lunch today, too, and it was very good, but, boy, food is a chunk of change here.
On Wed. night this week, we were invited to a distant shore....the WAY Upper West Side - near Columbia - to a fun Mexican outdoor on-the-rooftop kind of bar and restaurant with Lee's colleagues. Well, let me be the first to say - they are a fun bunch! They were welcoming, margarita-drinking, order-for-the-whole-table-sharing kind of people. It was great. I was delighted to see them all enjoying each other so much (after the LA experience - BORING!) Dale, one one of the teachers said, "We like each other." It was obvious.
Today we walked to the MOMA at 53rd and 6th (recall we live on 81st -it's a numbers game here.) Really, we walked 2 1/2 hours and it was fantastic - we walked Madison to see Armani, Chanel, St. Laurent, Missoni, Valentino, Donna and on and on. But, really, quite wonderful. then on to the Apple store, which is so incredible - a big glass ice cube at 60th and 5th. So brilliant. A big old tourist attraction. I rarely heard a word of English - all Europeans ending their summer in New York? I ducked into Bergdorf's for some necessary Bobbi Brown makeup I was out of and felt overwhelmingly out of place in my jeans, walking shoes and tie-dyed Lucky t-shirt. But, hey, no one knows you in New York. Still, please, Alecia....dress the part if you are going to Bergdorf's.
This is a crazy place. And we love it. We love discovering it together. It is like a honeymoon. With each other and with life.