I'm in Bryant Park sitting across from my friend, on her Google Droid is an app that helps you time Kegel exercises, I tease her that she is like Samantha from SATC. I am the one however who has a SATC Cosabella themed "Samantha" thong that I got on sale even though I am a "Carrie."
I am thinking also about what my friend Lisbeth Eng posted on our new collaborative blog, Sex in This City?
New York is a sexy city and not for any of the reasons listed above. It is a city where I can buy a film in foreign language with subtitles and try to look at them while I am writing a blog post. It is a city where I know it is going to be chaos and I crave all the peace and quiet that I can get in it, yet when I am away from it in quiet, it is the bustle that I run from that I miss so much.
New York is a city where a simple walk down the street makes you experience things that you would not have expected. A stop in Starbuck's starts a conversation about the Empire State Building, seen from where you are standing online for coffee, with your neighbor telling you she is from Ethiopia and recommending an Ethiopian restaurant nearby. I now have an obsession with Ethiopian food because of that encounter and am now craving doro wat. Sigh.
New York because it is the only city in the world where you live in it but it is the world--everyone is here. There is so much to see, feel, taste, hear and smell, but you cannot do it all. As a native, I have done a lot and have the enthusiasm of a tourist, but there is so much.
Writing in New York is hard thing to do. I am constantly being inspired, but there is either not enough time to write or something that distracts me. Sitting in a cafe is sensory overload--coffee, the feel of the MacBook or iPod Touch beneath my fingers, Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, people watching. I can sit in a cafe for hours, lose myself in all of the above. There is almost too much--or I just need to focus more. Thinking about Iyengar yoga because I want to think about holding a pose for a few minutes. New York minutes, as we all know, are faster than any others, but it might be possible to hold them like snapshots taken. To hold them and create.