Last summer was one of great transition. I finally finished school after being there my whole life and I moved across the country. The only drawback was that I didn’t get to fully enjoy my summer. With worrying about my move I didn’t get to take a vacation. Also, I arrived to New York until August so I didn’t get to experience a NYC summer. Even my white linen beach party was thrown into flux due to a faux hurricane.
When I started to complain of how much I wasn’t really feeling people would tell me that I have to experience a NYC summer. There’s nothing like it they would say. You’ll love it, there’s so much to do they would describe. Based on that I was excited in May (because NYC has the shortest summer I’ve ever experienced) when the weather finally started to break.
Now that the season is unofficially over allow me to reflect back on my first NYC summer. I won’t say that it was all bad but it wasn’t as great as people made it out to seem. I had some highlights and I had some lowlights. Overall my best experiences were had outside of the city.
•I moved from Harlem to Brooklyn. While I was sad that my roommate was leaving the city I was able to find an equally nice apartment for a fraction of the cost.
•My boss took the month of July off and went to China. While the cat is away the mice will play. I still got my work done but I took full advantage of not having to come in.
•If you follow me on twitter or 4square you may notice that I spent a lot of time in Pittsburgh this summer. I met (well not really met) a wonderful woman and after about 2 years of being single I finally decided to commit again. Without getting to sappy she really made my summer awesome.
•I was supposed to go on a group trip (about 12 people) to Cancun this summer but one by one people kept dropping like flies. Since I missed a vacation last summer I wasn’t going to be denied this summer. Two words people. “All Inclusive”. It’s the way to go.
•While I was in grad school I came home maybe once or twice a year because of the demands of grad school and the distance. I can get home on the bus in 3.5 hours and $30RT. This summer I think I visited home 5 different times. I had great times.
•As far as my experiences in NYC I know I’m getting older because the thought of going to parties and being in a crowd is not appealing. I did check out many happy hours and tap houses.
•I played in 4 different leagues this summer. I had the dunk of my life in the Rodney Park league (great outdoor courts off Marcy Ave). Imagine Pippen stepping over Ewing but mine was a 2 hand banger. I need to find some fall leagues and a gym membership.
Other than those highlights my summer was kind of bland as to what I expected it to be. I know some people had a worse summer experience so I won’t. complain. I read a lot of good books this summer, I drank high quality whiskey and scotch and got a chance to spend time with my family. All in all I can’t say it was too bad.
As we close out the summer, how was your experience? Come to the front and tell the class what you did this summer.