This is my first “Really!!?” submission so please don’t judge me (yeah right, judge me all you want). I’m a New Yorker all my life, “native” to some and “original” to others. The fact that I live in the greatest city in the world has its challenges.
Challenges to me are the same as annoyances to others. We are going to classify annoyances as challenges to be polite. I am only going to discuss one challenge in this submission because too many challenges can be annoying, no pun intended.
Waiting for my luggage at JFK just pisses me off especially when it’s a small bag but not small enough so it needs to be checked. Sitting next to annoying people on a flight pisses me off. Now I know what you’re saying, theses challenges aggravate everyone. This is very true, however, here comes the curveball.
Last week I’m waiting for my luggage at JFK and of course there are two tourists making their way through the crowd of people. Two ladies excited because it’s their first time in New York City. What I find amusing, is that they look at me as if I don’t belong here. I look back at them and say “First time here”? They both reply with an emphatic “yes”. One lady asks “What about you”? “Oh, I’ve been here all my life.” I said. I don’t know what I’m thinking and why I even asked, however, I figured I would have a little fun.
“You’re so lucky, I wish I could live here” she said. I responded “Really, you’re standing in the middle of the airport, what are you basing it on? Where are you from?” as I looked directly in her eyes. “California!” was her response. I smiled and then asked “What’s the first thing you plan on doing when you get settled”? “Go for a run through Central Park.” was her response.
There’s the challenge. The most exciting city in the world, with everything at your fingertips and you are going to go for a run through “Central Park”. Really!!? Not bad for my first one, I welcome the feedback.