March 28, 2011
I had a quintessential New York moment today.
I was crossing the street on the way to work (on the crosswalk, for once!) when the walk light started blinking. At that same moment, a cabbie cut me off and stopped abruptly in the middle of the crosswalk. He was so close to me, he almost ran over my foot! (Which is still broken from when I fell down the stairs last month, hold the applause.)
WARNING: PROFANITY BELOW!!
Anyway I’m constantly tired now b/c of waking up with my kid so before I could think twice, I heard the following words come barking out of my mouth: ”Hey asshole, I’m crossing the fucking street over here!!!”
The best part is that the cab driver just let loose right back at me, even though he had almost run me over. His reply wasn’t witty, but it was awesome.
“Fuck you, you fucking fuck, fuck youuuuuuuuuu!!!!!” <– The youuuuuuu trailed off as he drove off.
It was such a New York moment… that as it was happening, I started cracking up. He caught my eye and he started laughing too.
I’ve lived in New York City for 13 years now. Sometimes I feel like I’d lived here forever, and other times I feel like a newbie that just moved here. But in that moment, I felt an old school New Yorker. Profanity aside, there’s an excitement and energy that comes from living in New York that I can’t get enough of.
I know it’s an acquired taste though. How do you feel about New York City?