Saturday, November 24, 2007

City Thoughts

One of my blog buddies that I have had the pleasure of meeting in person several times, Ms. Maggie Moo, made her move to Boston this weekend (actually, it's been a bit of a gradual process but this was her first official weekend in her new apartment) and I've been wondering how she's doing. With all moves, it takes time to get everything set up and reconnected so Mags is without internet, TV, and phone this weekend (though I think she might still have her cell phone and I might actually try giving her a call later just to check on her!).

I can't even imagine moving to a place like Boston or Baltimore or New York City or any of the big cities that we have here on the East Coast though when I was younger I used to think about living in New York City (I even went so far as to look at a New York Moving Company or two) but I think that's just a fantasy that a lot of us have. Big cities are exciting and yet scary at the same time and you certainly can't base the decision to move there on what you see in the movies; you actually have to go check things out for yourself and see if it's something that you can handle.

As for New York, I've been there numerous times and it always, always wears me out regardless of why I went - a Broadway show, a trip to the museum, a trip to flunk the audition test for "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (twice), a shopping expedition, a baseball game at Yankee Stadium (and yes, I live in New England but have gone to games at Yankee Stadium - several times!), a visit to Grant's Tomb, or whatever reason I decided to visit "the City". It's a big city with lots of people and lots to do and by the time I get on the train to head home or point the car in the direction of Connecticut, I am totally worn out!

I've only been to Boston twice so am not sure if that city has the same affect as New York for the same reasons. The times I've been to Boston I spent so much time walking (the first time I walked the Freedom Trail with my cousin and the second time was when we walked the entire length of Newberry Street both ways) that it was no wonder I was worn out! But Boston is a different type of big city than New York - it's cleaner, less manic, less harried. In Boston you can always see the sky because it's less closed-in than New York and that makes a big difference, at least for me.

I'm looking forward to visiting Mags once she's had a chance to get settled in as there is so much more of Boston I'd like to see and I'm sure she's going to want to do some exploring in her new home, too. I'll just have to make sure I take vitamins beforehand and wear comfy shoes - and take lots of pictures so I can share the city with you!


  1. I spent the majority of my life in a "big" place if you can call the 60 suburbs in search of a city that is Los Angeles. As it got more and more crowded and spread out the allure wained. Now any move that attracts my attention always involves downsizing to a smaller place though DC still has a bit of a pull.

    BTW, in our continuing saga of shared experiences: I flunked "Jeopardy" twice. Maxed the exam both times and got bounced on the interview. Guess I'm just not quite manic or charming enough.

  2. I can't wait to hear from Mags too. I'm sure she is doing fine. She's just that kind of gal. Yep, you'll visit and we will all get to see the pictures. I feel like I live light years from you. Have a great day Linda. :)

  3. First of all... NOOOOO city for me! No way - uh huh.

    I'm going to visit Maggie's blog now, because if you like her and Sandee likes her... more than likely, I'll just love her too!

  4. I'm sure she's just busy and with Thanksgiving she's probably pretty overwhelmed right now.

    I've always wanted to explore Boston. I hope I can get up that way someday and see it for myself.

  5. As many time as I've been to San Francisco, I never got the "need-to-move-there" bug. As much as I love the city, it's just not really all that desirable a place to live.

    And I never wanted to move to downtown LA.

    I enjoy living just outside of Seattle. But Seattle isn't a typical big city, so I don't know if it counts.

    I did get that bug when I spent a few days in New York. NY always seems so much more vibrant.

  6. We moved about 12 miles from Manchester (home of Manchester United FC)when I was 13 and that's fine by me. I would hate to live in a big city again.


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