Wednesday, July 13, 2011

NYC...There's Something About You


Ella Numera Dos is playing this summer on an American course that doesn't allow for too many mulligans. For those of you not familiar with the lingo, a "mulligan" is a golf term for a do-over.

I think it's safe to say that New Yorkers don't always make room for repeats. They also have an uber-unique view of themselves ~ and of others.

The Youngest signed on to intern in the Big Apple. This is the child who bought her Mama a birthday weekend in NYC a while back. This is the young woman who has always said that she was going to end up in New York, with a Park Avenue penthouse and a separate home-away-from-home for the fam.

For the record, the kid is learning a lot this summer. Transportation and entertainment are expensive in the city, but food is not. Some bosses are of the unforgiving variety, but many co-workers wear the term "nurturing" as a second skin. Fans at Yankee Stadium do all the moves to "Y-M-C-A," just like fans do back home.

But everything is hustle and bustle, 24/7. There's not a heck of a lot time to stop and smell the roses, unless one determines early to slow things down and set a more reasonable personal agenda.

The most important lesson that Dos has absorbed from five weeks in NYC, though, is that even though she's thrown herself into the maelstrom known as The City That Never Sleeps, she can always take a quick weekend at home to set her sails straight.

If you take a look at the map above, created by Funny or Die, we live in Northern Virginia ~ somewhere south of "Yuck" and north of "Empty Space Before Getting to the Real South." We are of DC, but not in DC. Down here we're overly focused on silly items like the debt ceiling and whether or not Sarah Palin's daughter, Bristol, really was a single mother after all.

In DC, the business is all talk. In New York, it's all action, and then some.

New Yorkers can be incredibly brusque and opinionated, and it's a given that they're always in a rush. But they can also be incredibly helpful, loving and downright giving. And they know that they've got a good gig going on up there on the Hudson River.

Dos has another month or so to go on this summer gig. The skills she's acquired will look good to a future employer. But how can you put a summer's worth of observations on a resume?


Jeanie said...

What a great experience for her! She will learn a lot about the city, other people and herself. It has been a few years since I have been to NYC and your post makes me want to go back.

Sarah said...

Haha, you can't even fly to L.A. from SF in an hour! She's having a blast in NYC for sure.

carma said...

Unlike Harry Potter, I love all things NYC - what a great way for her to spend a summer. It really is the city that never sleeps; I think I'd trade it though for where I live now in the space before the real south begins...

Lucy said...

I love NYC and I hope your daughter makes her dream come true!! My son is currently working on making his dreams come true in Chicago. He is finding it to be exciting and hard all at the same time!

HappyChyck said...

Yes, what a great experience for her! Thanks for the perspective of life in New York. New York is like a foreign country to me!

Tracy P. said...

Hey, they clearly understand the significance of MN, so I'm good.


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