New York, New York
I spent the first weekend in August in New York city. The family, my wife, daughter and I went to New York to see Spamalot. It was a Sunday performance, and unfortunately we did not get to see Tim Curry, a favorite of my wife, or Sara Ramirez, who won the Tony. However, the cast was top notch and David Hyde Pierce was great in multiple roles. Hank Azaria had already left the cast but his replacement, Alan Tudyk was very good. Afterwards, several of the Cast Members including David Hyde Pierce came out and signed autographs. I am often amazed that they would take the time, it is always fun to see how gracious many actors are, and how many of them realize that their fans are part of how they got there.
As you are walking around New York City, and travel on the Subway, I get the feeling how New York City natives get the reputation for being rude and impersonal. I rode the subway on the weekend, it was not crowded, and I could only imagine what it would be like if it was crowded. But I think that is what contribututes to the outward appearance of New Yorker's being rude and uncaring. You need to be insolated on the subway, you speak only to people you know, if you are alone it is like being in an elevator. You stare straight ahead, read a book, listen to your tunes. It is a world unto itself. Then as you leave the Subway, and move toward your destination, you still are isolated, you are just one of many people moving about crowded streets, with a single-minded purpose.
This, is of course nothing more than some random observations. I enjoyed the entire time I spent in New York, although I think I could live there, I don't think my family could live there, I just would not feel comfortable living in New York City with a 15 year old girl living in that City. Just something that doesn't feel like something I would be comfortable with, but then again I am not a big city type of person...