Thursday, August 18, 2005

Eye Contact

The three days in New York City are over, and it is good to be back in Delaware.

Yup, you heard me right.

I actually had a pretty good time in New York. The technology office party was at Chelsea Piers on Monday night, and I've been working long enough that I actually know a few people at the New York office now. As usual, the accommodations were very swank as well during my stay.

I am consistently amazed, however, by how rarely people are willing to make eye contact with you on the streets of that city. I've noticed this before, but never really articulated it: everybody kind of exists in this tunnel vision, running from place to place and cab to cab, always either talking on a cell phone or listening to an iPod.

To me, it's not a very appealing way to live.

My friend Lisa recently posted wistfully in her blog about a friend from Colorado visiting her in Jersey, and how his tales of wide mountain ranges made the Jersey strip malls seem pretty lame in comparison. But despite this, she still loves New Jersey.

(Note to Lisa: The way it smells, Jersey doesn't need to be compared to Colorado to appear lame ;-P)

Similarly, people in New York are always surprised when they find out I like it a lot better in Wilmington. For me, it represents the happy medium. There are still plenty of things to do that are typically associated with "city" life (bars, nightclubs, playhouses, etc.), but it is small enough to start recognizing people after awhile... people will look you in the eye in this town, and not everybody has something glued to their ear to distract them from what is happening right in front of them.

Don't get me wrong, Delaware ain't paradise. But there is something to be said for a place where you don't have to drive too far to see trees... or skyscrapers.


Lisa said...

You know, people who don't live in Jersey always love to bring up "the smell." I hate to break it to you, but the smell does not pervade the entire state. It's really just the Elizabeth/Newark area.

And weren't you supposed to call me when you were in NY? Yeah. I thought so. Sucka.

robustyoungsoul said...

I dunno, Trenton has a little bit o' funk workin' too. ;-P

BUT - and I'll say this only once - I actually have visited some parts of NJ that are quite lovely.

If you ever quote me on that I shall destroy you.

Lisa said...

I think you just managed to quote yourself on that just fine. Although I do have a blog...

Viki said...

ahem - I want to point out that you had a DELIGHTFUL time in north Jersey with me. It was beautiful adn my mom was oddly fun.

Any any weird smell was either my old dog Stupid or created by YOU after the tacos . . .