Thursday, August 09, 2007
My brother his wife and their 16 year old son are coming to visit from Colorado. We have been frantically trying to clean, I mean hide things, and generally just get prepped. It will be the first time for the kid to see the big apple so I am sure he is pretty hyped, although they will be on their own for the most part since we cant or dont have the energy to see the sights. After they are all touristed up, though, we will take them to the seedy under belly , where I have lived for the past 20 years, just so they can have some contrast. People who visit invariably complain about the crowds and the presumed 'filth' but what do you expect when you have 20 million in the combined boroughs and then another several million tourists 'acting' like New Yorkers? The tourists are often more obnoxious and more prone to litter than the locals. If you ever get a chance to witness first hand the clean up brigades that happen after a major event, like say the Macys Thanksgiving day Parade or something big like that then you will truly understand the power of NYC. It is precise and quick. So while New York is not for everyone, it is for me.