End of an Era (by J.P.)

May
2012
06

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I had the funniest conversation with someone yesterday.  This person, who I had just met for the first time, wasn’t a fan of The Bachelor/ette and had no clue about the past year of my life.  We spoke for about 15 minutes when eventually the conversation turned to the topic of “significant others.”  I obviously mentioned that I was engaged for “about a year” and soon moving out of NYC with my bride-to-be.  He followed up by asking how long I had known my fiancé, to which I also answered “about a year.” I could see the gears turning in his mind, wondering how I could possibly be engaged for a year and have only known my fiancé for a year.  I laughed for a bit, then proceeded to retell the story of how Ashely and i met.  Recapping my “journey” for probably the 1 millionth time (it really never gets old), it got me thinking.  It’s so incredible to think about where I was a year ago and how much has changed in my life.  But change for me (us) is not over! There is more to come! There is the obvious change, which allows me stop calling a certain someone my “fiancé” and start calling her my beautiful “wife.” But this isn’t the change to which I’m referring. There is something changing that is far more life altering…I AM MOVING TO JERSEY!!  I’m sure to many of you this doesn’t really mean a whole hell of a lot, but for us Long Islanders/New Yorkers, even the thought of such a thing is sacrilege.  Well, I have since come to terms with the move and honest to goodness I couldn’t be happier to begin this phase of life with the woman I love. Ashley had written a blog post a few weeks ago revolving around all she’d miss about NYC.  Well, I too have my things about New York that I will miss. I have lived in NYC for 12 years and believe me when I tell you that there isn’t a better city in the world for someone in their 20’s/30’s.  I know that I’m not moving far away and that I will still be commuting to work here every day, but I still feel like that I’m leaving.  The following is a top 3 list of some of the less obvious things that I will miss about living in New York City.

  1.  Ashley had it right!  I’m a total foodie and NYC has some of the best food in the world.  It also has some of the most unique.  Where else can you find complete menus dedicated to one specific food?
    1. S’MAC or MacBar – Mac & Cheese
    2. The Meatball Shop – Personal fav!
    3. Crif Dog – Hot dogs
    4. Pommes Frites – French Fries (and Poutine)
    5. Rickshaw Dumpling Bar

2.     The influence that the rest of the world has on NYC is remarkable.  NYC is a true melting pot and can be clearly seen by walking from one block to the next.  The other day when Ashley’s parents came to visit, we spent the morning down in Chinatown having dim sum, then crossed canal street on Lafayette and a block later we were having canolis in Little Italy.  In addition to Chinatown and Little Italy, NYC is also represented by Koreatown, Little Brasil, Little Tokyo, Little Germany, etc. Remarkable!

3.     I’ve been rolling out of bed and commuting to work in 7-10 minutes for nearly 12 years. I definitely took this for granted!  I am now looking forward to, at worst,  a door-to-door commute of about an hour and 30 minutes!  I thought I was busy before, but this now eats up over 3 hours of my life every single day. I’m hoping the purchase of a new iPad will make this transition a bit easier.

 

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