you’ve no doubt heard the expression ‘only in ny’ . in 18 years living in nyc, i’ve heard it countless times – mostly from people visiting from the suburbs. i now find myself wondering if they ever bothered to take a look around their own environment. with the lack of anything else going on, one would think someone would have developed a special slogan for the activities which occur outside of the city. following is a list of just some of the things i’ve noticed in the last several days that you would never find in ny:
a nun in full habit pulling into the parking lot of the local ‘quick chek’ in a behemouth, black, GMC Suburban.
‘quick chek’ stores (which carry only soda and chemical laden food-like products packaged in boxes or cans)
a baby bambi-like deer with little white spots on her back lying dead on the side of the road.
a speeding pick-up truck with a horse trailer attached and police lights flaring from the dash, crossing a double yellow line, passing a car on a 2 lane winding road.
5 women in the waiting room of the vet’s office – all middle-aged, overweight, with gray hair wearing farm clothes.
11 deer (in 7 different spots) on the way home from my brother’s house (and people are afraid to drive in the city??)
the same parking spot almost every time i come home.
a ladybug on the wall in the living room.
no vegetarian restaurants, group meditation, adult education classes, frozen yogurt or health food stores in an entire zip code.
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