Monday, May 09, 2005

more reasons i need to get an ipod now

I really hate going to work without music. I have to say that listening to the chatter of other people does nothing but make my grind my teeth. Maybe I'm not suited to life in NYC? I don't know, but music does wonders to heal this particular issue. Also, for some reason, I concentrate more when I am listening to music and working at the same time.

I had an amazing time with my mom and lots of friends this weekend. Those of us at Marc's show had a great time dancing and watching the Leopolds, I mean, Duchess! It never fails to shock me when I see my brother playing guitar and singing with such urgency. Again, so good to see him, Fletcher and Aron together on stage... and the addition of Mike D was great.

Mom and I went to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, MoMA, the Lower East Side, Chinatown and Prospect Park this weekend. We also had lunch at Deluxe, ate Japanese sweets with Brendan, hunted for Japanese stationary, drank wine and hung out with Marc, and had a great dinner at RJ and Kathleen's along with Tim. Tonight we are having dinner with the Southerner via Los Angeles, RiRi Thibadoux.

I read an article full of venom for Brooklyn today. It was written by a Manhattanite. I felt like I was listening to people from Philly go off about how NYC sucks and Philly is the best. People who make arguments like that have clearly never spent anytime in rural Louisiana, New Hampshire or Virginia. Get over it and find something good about everyplace. Just be thankful you don't live in Laplace, Louisiana.

I know I'm biased because I live in Brooklyn, but honestly, in terms of quality of life, why live in Manhattan over Brooklyn? I mean, it's cool if you don't like trees and you prefer to have a constant stream of traffic outside your door, but don't expect that to be everybody's cup of tea. I frankly miss living in Hanover, New Hampshire. Deranged. I need a trip to the country.

BTW, one week before I move into a room with a window.


Blogger R J Keefe said...

Go Brooklyn! The less Manhattan is expected to be and do everything, the neater it will be. New York is a great city, and almost every neighborhood ought to be a great place to live.

Mon May 09, 06:42:00 PM  
Blogger Ms. NOLA said...

Seriously. Why do people have to be "the best?" Why can't people just take care of themselves and not care about what other people think? This is a whole other post.

Tue May 10, 12:08:00 PM  
Anonymous rachel said...

Will you post the link to that article? I just read about it on another blog and am dying to know the source of such venom!

Tue May 10, 04:21:00 PM  
Blogger Ms. NOLA said...

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Tue May 10, 04:24:00 PM  
Blogger Ms. NOLA said...

Here it is. This guy has a chip on his shoulder. Maybe his friends might have the right idea in moving to Brooklyn. If he doesn't like it, he doesn't have to move there.

Tue May 10, 04:27:00 PM  
Anonymous rachel said...

The thing is, it's sort of like the East Bay folks who are all "oh, our quality of living is so much better than yours, you silly San Franciscans spending so much money on rent and property taxes" - I mean, I think there's a place for both. I'm not at a stage in my life where the East Bay has any appeal - still the Urban Princess - but I recognize that it may change.


Wed May 11, 01:05:00 PM  
Blogger Ms. NOLA said...

It might change... I mean, with me, I'm just not a Manhattan gal. I'm a Southerner. At heart, I prefer to be on the porch with iced tea, not in a deafening club with a cocktail. It's also why I went to Bryn Mawr as opposed to a loud party school.

The bottom line is that it's whatever is best for folks...

Wed May 11, 11:46:00 PM  

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