I ❤ New York

When I was 18, I moved to LA.

I moved from a small town on the coast of Oregon that nobody (save a few fans of Pre — who I also ❤ in case you’re wondering) had ever heard of.  That little town was filled with trees… and clean air… and nice people.

I hated LA.

I hated it with a fiery passion and felt like the concrete was about to swallow me alive.

And then, one day… without notice… I fell in love.

That big grey city stole my heart.  Its food, its culture… its big dirty polluted self seeped into my soul and made itself a little home… and today, even though I know it’s crazy, I miss it like hell…

And it’s not just the surfing and the sun, though those two might serve as a couple of easy targets if you really think I’m nuts.

I do miss surfing, next to the smoke stacks… and I miss the sun.  But I also miss the creativity, the freedom of the people… the feel of that place that never leaves once it’s got you by the soul.

The first couple of times I visited New York… I was not impressed.  It was big… dirty… I couldn’t see the sun.  But the more I go… the more I realize that New York, like LA, has begun to seep in.

We’re still getting to know each other, New York and I… but despite our rocky start, I don’t know… it might be love.


  1. Posted August 7, 2012 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    Sigh. It’s been an absolute dream of mine to live in NYC one day. For now I will have to live through you though 🙂 What a magical place to call home! xoxo

  2. Posted August 7, 2012 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    It really does grow on you! I never imagined I’d like living in a huge city like NYC, but now, 8 years later, I can’t imagine living anywhere else!

  3. Posted August 7, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    oh gosh, isn’t that crazy when that happens. when we moved to utah for a few months i thought i would never like it there. come our moving day back to WA, i was shedding a few tears. it’s just funny how these states and cities can steal a little piece of our hearts 😉
    xo TJ

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