My New York friends joked that they had to drink every time I mentioned Seattle. I’m pretty sure my Seattle friends will start a similar game – if they haven’t already.
Now that I’m back in Sea-town, I’m frequently asked if I miss New York and what I miss most.
The answer to the first is: Yes, very much. In fact, I can’t bring myself to remove my New York drivers license from my wallet, even though I have a new Washington license (with a better photo). That doesn’t mean I’m not happy to be back, but I miss New York every day. The answer to the second question is much tougher. It’s the little things, and I miss them in the strangest moments.
- Yesterday when I was walking the six blocks or so to yoga, I got wistful for my gym in New York and my 22-block walk to the nearest location. Weird thing to want on a chilly day, right?
- During tree pose at said yoga class, I longed to practice my balance on a moving subway train.
- Which got me missing the subway system AKA not sitting in traffic.
- Actually, I miss the subway every time I go to work or a friends’ house.
- But not when I go to Target, Best Buy, World Market or Safeway, then I like having a car and parking space.
- When I watch “Last Week Tonight,” I wish I could be in the studio audience.
- Same when I watch “The Daily Show” or see a banner ad for a Broadway show.
- While I like walking to PCC. I hate supermarkets. I miss the green market on 103rd and Amsterdam.
- I miss going to the gym with Navani. It was fun to meet her in Brooklyn.
- I really miss getting off work at 3:30 p.m.
- And shopping around SoHo or hitting sample sales with Quyn. Where are the sample sales in Seattle?!
- And I’d kinda like to drag Bougie James out of his two-bedroom, first floor* apartment and make him go biking with me. That was fun.
- It was also fun to take any class I wanted. Whether I was feeling copyright law, kangoo jumps or Spanish 1, I could do it all in NYC.
- Pizza by the slice was a good time. The gluten splurge was so worth it!
- East Coast cities were so accessible!
- I also liked being surrounded by hip-hop and rap. Could someone please ask the Seattle stations to quit playing Weezer every other song?
- The Seahawks fans here are a tad annoying. It was fun being in the fan base minority.
*Edited based on a demand from Bougie James:
But there are also things I don’t miss:
- Like feeling poor all the time.
- And all the noise!
- Living in a tiny apartment. It’s nice to have two rooms.
- And space for Gatito’s litterbox.
- I love my spacious kitchen. Would you believe there are three cupboards I don’t even use? True story!
- I also like lying on the floor. I never did that on the wood floors in Manhattan.
- It’s really nice to have laundry in my building. So convenient!
- While I had a few great friends in New York, I have even more + family in Seattle.
- And the salmon and sushi here are better.
Drink! Drink! Drink! Drink!