New York

Written by hootenannie on October 11th, 2012

So many things were old hat: the quick note of my parking row, the toiletries in Ziplocs, the train to concourse C, the weight of my book-laden purse. After all, this was my third trip in so many weeks; I am no stranger to Southwest Airlines and Denver International Airport.

But as I boarded the plane, I felt an alien sort of energy: the destination was unfamiliar.

And waking up this morning in a very plush Hilton, the unfamiliarity was confirmed. I am in New York City. Word.

Prior to today, I have only been to New York once – five years ago. Another life ago. I spent a week crashing on my sweet friend Heidi’s pull-out couch in Brooklyn, and hoofed myself all over the city with absolutely no idea what I was doing.

One night, I was on the subway around 1am when the train just… stopped. Everyone off, they said. Trouble on the tracks.

So I took the stairs up to the open air of the dark night streets, and looked around for some sign of what to do next. Street signs did me no good; I had no context for where I was, and the hint of red wine lingering around my edges wasn’t exactly helping. I figured that I would get on the bus that I saw some of my fellow/former trainmates boarding, and just see what might happen.

Inexplicably, and hours later, I made it back to Brooklyn that night, elated at my sheer moxie (when really, it was all due to a merciful stranger who nothing short of spelled out directions for me). I had had a CLOSE CALL in New York, New York, and lived to tell the tale.

Yes, I acknowledge my naiveté. But I also acknowledge the possibility of my very large face on a very tiny milk carton. Touché.

In addition, I acknowledge the fact that I just used é twice.

This week, I am in New York for a work event – something rather outlandish and fun in and of itself. But I’m extending my visit through the weekend to a) rendezvous with the one and only Valerie Morby, b) test out the services of airbnb, and c) attend “Newsies” on Broadway. If there was any weekend to be jealous of my life, this is it.

Back in August, I started the book Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann, but wound up shelving it when life got crazy. On a flight to Austin just a few days ago (I told you – flights in abundance these days), I started reading again, and I finished it last night en route to New York.

In the last 15 pages, I underlined this: “One of the beauties of New York is that you can be from anywhere and within moments of landing it is yours.”

I’m wide open to that possibility.

7 Comments so far ↓

  1. Oct
    11
    11:03
    AM
    Ginger

    Extry, extry, read all about it! Cheers to two of my favorite gals having a fabulous weekend in the Big Apple!

  2. Oct
    11
    12:16
    PM
    Whitney

    NEWSIES ON BROADWAY? I am quite green with jealousy. Have so much fun!

  3. Oct
    11
    1:05
    PM
    Katie @ cakes, tea and dreams

    I was in New York last weekend, and that sentence you underlined rings so true.

    Hug that Val for me, and have a fabulous time.

  4. Oct
    11
    1:39
    PM
    Michael

    I may have attended a conference at that very Hilton! My one and only trip to NYC was to Manhattan. Yes, I rode the subway! Yes, I walked a lot, drank too much with great friends, ate ethnic food I would not have dared on my own, and eventually got food poisoning from a hamburger, of all things. It was great! Well, maybe not the night spent hugging the hotel toilet…still, it was Manhattan! Have a great time, Annie!

  5. Oct
    11
    2:13
    PM
    Perry

    Officially jealous. Have a great time in NYC!

  6. Oct
    11
    7:15
    PM
    Hope

    We’re in Boston, currently, LOVING our first airbnb experience! Enjoy!

  7. Oct
    15
    4:58
    PM
    Bree Jeffries

    I was in NYC from Wednesday until yesterday, too!! My first time there. I saw Annie on Broadway- a lifelong dream!! AND, I also tried out airbnb for the first time! Small world.

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