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Bright Lights, Big City

Posted on Wed, Nov. 27th (2013) at 10:45am
I've said before that it seems like places that are beautiful during the day are marked by a complete lack of presence at night, and that places that are beautiful at night tend to be marked by a distinct lack of beauty during the day.  New York isn't like that.  During the day, what you can see is amazing architecture.  As the sun starts to wane and the shadows lengthen, you can see the incredible detail in the architectural accents.  And once the sun is gone, you get an amazing light show.  It's beautiful from beginning to end.

As I walked around with Todd and Heather, I realized that I must be an intense pain in the ass to walk around such a city with... every quarter block or so, something else would catch my eye and YET ANOTHER unannounced stop would occur while I fished out my camera and snapped a photo.  I had assumed that the highlight of the trip would be seeing Kinky Boots and meeting up with friends.  All of that was a highlight, and was amazing.  I was gratified to discover on this trip that I've somehow managed to be the type of person who other people would be excited to see after 1 year, or 2 years, or 15 years, or 20 years, or 26 years, and I'm humbly grateful for that.  But all of that wasn't the only highlight, because what I did each day, what I immersed myself in for this trip was walking around and absorbing the city, for 8 hours a day.  Walking around, and just taking pictures of whatever caught my eye.  It was probably one of the most fulfilling vacations I've ever been on, even if I was a pain in the ass.

This morning as we drove up to day care, the iBoo said, "It's a beautiful day!  Look, the sun is inside the clouds and it's shining out.  That's beautiful, right?"  I imagine she has the capacity to grow up to be a pain in the ass, too.  At least she'll come by it naturally.


jadeejf at 2013-11-28 00:38 (UTC) (Link)
Awww. It sounded and looked really fun. :-) I'm glad you got to really be present and enjoyed your time, pain in the ass or not!
rkimedes at 2014-01-15 06:17 (UTC) (Link)
Well, we're going back with the kids. We'll see how present I get to be then :-)
sheilagh at 2013-11-29 04:35 (UTC) (Link)
that sounds like a LOVELY vacation!
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