Inspiration Monday: New York City


Back in August Adam and I took a little trip to New York City for a show I was invited to called Metal+Smith. We took this opportunity to spend a week in the Big Apple and see the sights.

This was my first time to New York, so I really didn’t know what to expect. It has always been an intimidating city to me. So much so, that when I graduated college the careers office strongly suggested it would be best to look for job openings there, to which I said, “no thanks lady.”

Upon our arrival the feeling sunk in that this was going to be an adventure good or great. Our sweet friend who we call with affection Gordo, was generous enough to let us stay in his apartment that was a small 3 room space in Brooklyn. And when I say 3 room I mean bedroom, bathroom, living space with kitchen. We were really doin it up New York style. With a toast to our arrival we were sent to bed feeling happy to be reunited with a friend who feels more like family.

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Gordo was excited to have us in New York to share his city with us. I really got to see that people do not live the same way here. It works on a whole other level than what now seemed like a sleepy town back in Oregon. On our first day we made sure to squeeze in some sight seeing while we ran our errands, our first view being from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade looking out over the Hudson at Manhattan and Lady Liberty off in the distance. Adam and I were gob smacked. Then and there we were really in New York. As much as this view was my favorite first New York moment. I have to say my by far favorite part of this first day was shopping for succulents at Trader Joe’s. For some reason that is where Adam and I go when we are at a show to find little friends to liven up out display. Gordo thought this was the weirdest best thing he had ever done in New York. So when we left for Oregon we gave him the plants we purchased. All affectionately named after bands that get the job done by kicking down the door. Jack and Meg from the White Stripes and 3 plants in one pot named Sleater Kinney: Carey, Corin and Janet.

So the show was not the best after all. We spent two days of our trip in Manhattan at the Metal+Smith show. The attendance was minimal and we felt that the show was not run for the benefit of the artists. I could say more, but there was so much good stuff about our trip, we called the show a wash and decided to spend the rest of the trip enjoying the city and our time with a dear friend.

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