Friday, August 25, 2006

One Last New York Moment

New Yorkers have a strange and irrational compulsion to defend their City against any sort of criticism, valid or otherwise and the facts be dammed. Of the two people who responded to my comment that I was looking to move out of the City to a more rural area, one compared me to the Unabomber and the other predicted financial ruin should I dare to try to make a living as an attorney anywhere outside of the First or Second Appellate Division. Listen guys, despite what you think the world does not cease to exist west of the Hudson River or north of the Bronx, (although I question whether anything except knuckle-dragging NASCAR loving inbreeds live in a variety of southern and some western states) and millions of people enjoy quite meaningful lives in the world beyond New York. Yet another friend of mine epitomized the insanity of the New York centric philosophy when he tried to argue with me that the food in Italy wasn’t really that good compared to some of the restaurants in Manhattan. Another guy I know on Staten Island basically dismissed the rest of the world with the comment: “Europe? I went there. I didn’t like it.”

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Just for the record, I compared you to the Unabomber because of your professed crazed desire to "return to the land," living in a wooden shack in the woods with no electricity or running water, paying rent to the ducks while thumbing your nose at civilization. Think twice, my friend. Anyway, it had nothing to do with defending New York. I am perfectly willing to admit that there are plenty of places in the world in which it would be perfectly pleasant to live. Personally, I would like to live in the Netherlands. I'm tired of our sick, pathetic country.