nightmare in new york
From: cecilia sophia
Date: Apr 14, 2005 2:15 AM
Subject: nightmare in new york
hi everyone, i hope everything's ok with y'all. i'm so sorry that i didnt respond to emails/return calls (yes, as most of u know by now i always forget to bring my phone with me) but i just got all the notes/msgs and i intend to reply separately soon. i'm brain dead tonight and will go to bed after i finish some stuff, i just wanna relax for a moment and email.
i only have 3 pics of new york to show everyone (might i say, very artless too) and it's all coz of one stupid, senseless mistake. i'm actually pissed off now that i think of it. being queen scatterbrain, i didnt check the weather in ny, it was a beautiful weather so i thought hmm... why not just put on the lightest outfit and enjoy frolicking in ny, probably blend in with the crowd (and new yorkers are the hardest to please), a little picture taking here, a little picture taking there... oh and maybe even watch the "chitty chitty bang bang" matinee?? as soon as i stepped outside of the subway in midtown (manhattan), my legs froze right where i stood. why not, i was wearing a summer outfit for god's sake! short skirt and sleeveless top - the only cover i had was a very light cardigan... and the weather? 48F. what did i do? if one of u ever saw a crazy girl in a summer outfit running around midtown, uptown and downtown nyc, that's me. i was literally running - not jogging. running. i was literally catching the sun, i ran towards madison square garden, towards the empire state building, around times square and yes, even ran up and down the stairs of penn station. people were staring... what, like u never forget to check the weather forecast??? i wanted to ask, only my lips were literally sealed, too hard to speak what with the cold and all. funny, i noticed if one seems to be different, everyone begins to look your way... i wanted to say, should i glue myself to the wall so everybody could have a better look?? finally, i told some ppl to knock it off, quit staring (u wouldnt guess new yorkers stare too). hearing an old man play the theme song from the godfather movie ("speak softly love") was enough to make me have a nervous breakdown. my girl cousin called to confirm our get together.
downtown --- i eventually arrived in downtown in one piece. i made sure i got off the train before it could take me to the bronx, i'd never get out of there alive. i went to check the restaurant (kuma inn - to those who'd like a taste of the bohemian in ny, try kuma inn. not fanciful, or overrated, just plain hip with great food) where my sister, cousins and i would meet up. i was there early so i went inside mcdonald's to buy water and freshen up in the lavatory. less than 5 mins, there was a knock on the door... i said yes, i'm still in here. then another knock, louder this time.. yes, still here!... then... bang! the door broke open and people were all in line by the door looking at me waiting for their turn. hello??? i just got in!!!
i left mcdonald's (and vowed never to return again) and said, NEW YORK NEVER AGAIN! i didnt realise i said it out loud, there was a bunch of cops standing in a corner. my sister and i called our cousin, asked her if i could borrow one of her coats coz i was wearing the stupidest outfit. my cousin was waiting outside of the restaurant with the coat, i ran across the st towards her and she said, "omg you're wearing a summer outfit, u must be cold!" d'uh. i'm forever grateful to her though and i love her to death now. i filled my tummy with all kinds of food (i was so hungry, i didnt eat all day) while she poured her heart out. i was almost too tired to listen but i owe her my lungs (i could've had pneumonia).
oh well. if anyone wants to live in the city that never sleeps, go on, it might be fun but as for me, nope, certainly not i.
i have so much to tell still but this is ridiculously long already, next time, rest your weary eyes for now, everyone *hug*.
i love all of u and God bless always.
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