Why am I in New York right now? I didn’t pick up and fly here from Nashville for work or just because I wanted to visit the city. I came here because of a person.
Laura is my best friend and soul sister. I get to hang out with her about once a year. It’s never enough, but spending a week with her does fill my tank up for a while.
After Mom died, Laura put her life on hold and flew out to Baton Rouge to hold my hand- and do absolutely nothing with me for a whole week (this included watching an entire season of Game of Thrones and not moving from the couch for three days). Words can not express how desperate I was. I never knew how much I needed her presence, strength and support, and only fully realized how much so-much, much later. (That’s a funny word, isn’t it? Much.)
I’ve always been a fairly independent person and have tended to lean more on my family in times of need. I never really placed a premium on friendships. Friends are great, but family was always first. I think, like many things in life, you never realize how important something – or someone – is until you’re life comes crumbling down around you.
On a lighter note….
I’m super-lucky to have such a special person in my life. I’m also lucky to have been able to visit her every year. Thankfully, she’s always lived in really cool spots.
Miami, San Francisco, San Diego, Atlanta, now New York….. We always have fun. And I get to experience these fantastic American cities through the lens of a local. It’s truly a treat.
I love coming to New York with absolutely NO ulterior motive. There’s no site seeing going on here. Just playing in the urban jungle gym. No museums or parks or shopping or plays (well, actually, there WILL be a play- we’re going to see Sleep No More tonight! But it’s not the typical Broadway show that people often come to NYC to experience). And all of these activities are great, if you’re visiting NYC for the first-ish time. That’s why people come here. It’s just not my jam right now.
I’ve visited Brooklyn before, but I’ve never actually stayed and explored. I’m loving Laura’s Williamsburg hood. Check out my room for a week here on AirBnB. Laura’s place is really cute, no?
We’ve spent our days in fabulous company, discovering new restaurants together, and going to already established favorite haunts like The Graham, The Drink, Five Leaves, Bushwick Country Club, and Tuffet.
And lest we forget about Cat Power!
I’ve never seen Cat Power before. Laura has. She had mixed feelings about her apparent “transition.” Terminal 5 is not the best venue, by any stretch, but overall, the show was pretty fantastic. My one complaint, other than the venue (not many good seeing spots, and I’m a tall one!), was that her voice was a bit overpowered by the band. The acoustics were just off- unbalanced. “One to Ten,” I asked Laura as we filtered on to W 56th. “A solid 7,” was the reply. I think I agree.
Thanks for stopping by!