NEW YORK CITY IS FRIENDLY
Before we went to New York City, Angie and I had heard rumors that people there were unfriendly, and that the streets and sidewalks were crowded. I was delighted to find the rumors unfounded. Traffic in Austin is much worse. And the crowded sidewalks I’d seen on TV were much smaller than I had anticipated.
As a of way starting a conversation, we’d put on our big Texas grins and say, “We’re from Texas, and we love to talk a lot.” Everyone wanted to talk. Since it was right after the 2016 election, they first asked what we thought about Trump. We answered with a non-answer.
One time we stopped to chat with a crew working at a manhole. A supervisor was standing over the manhole, and there was a man inside. As usual, we started the conversation with, “Hi, we’re from Texas, and we like to talk a lot.” The man above ground just stared at us in disbelief. We asked, “What are you doing?” The man inside the manhole then stuck his head out. Angie grinned and asked the supervisor, “Why aren’t you down in the manhole with your friend?” They both started laughing and laughing. We all wished each other a Merry Christmas.
The Christmas light shows brought out tons of people (some were pushing and shoving trying to get a closer look.) I found a way to clear the crowds around us — I yelled, “I’ve got a cigarette, and I don’t want you to get burned.” There was a foot of empty space around us in seconds.
We really don’t get much snow in Texas; that’s why we decided to go to NYC. The weather didn’t cooperate; there were days we didn’t even need to wear coats. Desperately seeking snow to play in, we went to an outdoor ice rink and made snowballs from Zamboni slush!
My trip to New York City was such fun; I’d do it again.
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