We try to take a slightly different approach than your average personal blog here, and I don’t usually write “We went there, and then we did that” posts. But there’s some stuff I want to get down in writing, and I don’t have time to do that and do a regular post. So here’s a “we went there, and then we did that” post.
6 Years in Words (328 to be exact): I moved here to get a Master’s in International Affairs at Columbia in late August of 2004. I got an internship at Bear Stearns. I hung out with Kemps and Sundquists and Bills and the girls on 93rd Street. We longboarded at the parking garage downtown and later down the Big Easy and Claremont and the Stam. I dated here and there. Ron moved to New York. I graduated and got a job at Bear Stearns where I discovered a cabal of reprobates who I to this day love very much. Kemps and Sundquists and Bills left. Jerks. Ron and I got a place together. I won $1,000 from Ron in one night of Tony Hawk, which I never collected.
I met Melissa. We started dating. We fell in love. I wanted to get married. She freaked out. Then she wanted to get married. I freaked out. I realized I was going bald and shaved my head. Things changed at Bear Stearns. I got a job at unnamed investment bank #2. I worked a lot; this time is a little fuzzy. We became friends with Combs and Romney’s and Moe’s. We skateboarded and played Halo and Rock Band and went to the beach on Saturdays and the park on Sundays. Melissa and I took advantage of a rare moment when neither of us was freaking out and got engaged. The world fell apart. We got married. We thought about leaving New York but didn’t. Laundromats. Laundromats??!! Melissa and I got a puppy and a place together. With Ron. I got a job at an unnamed global media company. Romney’s left. We got our own place. Ron left. We found Whitings and Rays. We stayed here for Christmas. We ran in the Park in the winter and the spring and the summer. Fall came and we decided to leave.
6 Years in Numbers and Pictures:
Time Spent: 6 years and 2 Months
Lovely Wives Acquired: 1
Terrible Dogs Acquired: 1
Apartments: 4 (2 years at 112th and Frederick Douglas; 2 months at 113th and Broadway; 3 years at 95th and West End; 1 year at 80th and Amsterdam)
Offices: 383 Madison, 1585 Broadway, One Rockefeller Plaza
Global Financial Crises For Which My Employers Were Partially or Wholly Responsible: 1
Ways In Which Said Global Financial Crisis Really Messed Up My Life: 3,193
Survival Rate of Investments Banks I Have Worked For: 50%
Master’s Degrees Acquired: 1
Debt Accumulated: Don’t Worry About it
Weight Gained: ~60 lbs (Major Contributors: S’Mores Pop Tarts and Cool Ranch Doritos stocked in the vending machines at SIPA, crushing loneliness, Chewy Chips Ahoy, 14-hour workdays, interminable winters, Seamless Web, Dallas BBQ, Mary’s oatmeal chocolate chip cookie dough, Patsy’s, Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Cookies in the vending machine at unnamed investment bank #2, Shake Shack)
Weight Lost: ~60 lbs. (Major Contributors: Being happy, Weight Watchers, Melissa and Andrea making me do the New Year’s Eve run in Central Park, Melissa talking me into doing Ragnar, me talking Melissa into actually training for Ragnar, 9-hour workdays, mirrors and photographs, Triscuits, Fiber One Bars, ham sandwiches from Pret, Lean Cuisine, Edy’s fruit popsicles)
Wards: 4 (Manhattan 8th Singles, Inwood 3rd Singles, Manhattan 8th Singles again, Morningside Heights – I totally came to this ward of my own will, Manhattan 1st)
Scooters Acquired: 1
Scooter Accidents: 0
Near-miss Scooter Accidents: 6,104
Scooter Parking Tickets: 20?
Public Transportation-Induced Shootings Prevented By Having A Scooter: 3
Lifelong Friendships Made: 12
Previously Existing Lifelong Friendships Made Stronger: 5
Lifelong Nemeses Acquired: 3
People Staying The Night With Us: I really have no idea. At least several hundred.
Trips to Utah: 25+
Road Trips: New Hampshire, Boston, Delaware Water Gap, Washington, D.C., the Hampstons, Philly, the Gunks, the Catskills (this is kind of pathetic, as I look at it; should have done more)
Concerts Attended: Rilo Kiley, The Police, Bill Joel, Neil Young, Robert Plant and Alison Krause, Wilco, Vampire Weekend, Conor Oberst, Joshua Radin
Sporting Events Attended: Giants/Bears, U.S. Open, Yankees, Mets, Knicks
Broadway Musicals Attended: More than I’d like to admit.
Top 10 Things I Will Miss the Most (In No Particular Order): Our friends, Patsy’s, Shake Shack, the beach, nighttime runs in Central Park with Melissa and Lyla, Sunday nights in the Park, brunch at Bubby’s, scooter rides around the city, Scum nights, longboarding on the UWS, dodgeball.
Top 10 Things I Will Miss the Least (In No Particular Order): The subway, the humidity, not having a car, not living near family, not playing sports, the mice, the rent, making friends and then watching them leave, mean,difficult people, trying to do things that are easy and simple everywhere but that here are ordeals of Biblical proportions.
Times I Have Gotten Choked Up In The Last 2 Weeks: 15+