Ask me if I ever. Ever. EV-er. Would have thought I would live and work in New York City. Hell no.
Ask me if I ever thought I’d walk down and up Park Avenue. THE Park Avenue to work every day. Never.
Ask me if I thought I’d ever live in a place without a car and within walking distance to stores, restaurants and transportation that isn’t my parents? Yeah, no.
Ask me if I ever thought I would intern for THE commissioner of the ACTUAL Major League of Baseball. Are you kidding me? No way Jose.
Ask me if I would kinda sorta actually really love very very technical technology speak. I’m sorry, you don’t know what software development, middleware, mobile device management and endpoints mean? I do! Well, kinda sorta. Basically none of your data is safe. Ever. Change all your passwords every day. Moral of the story is, no I wouldn’t have.
Ask me if I thought I had seen all the episodes of Law and Order SVU there is to be seen on a beautiful weekend day. Not even close, Rebecca. And that is “messed up.”
Ask me if I thought meeting Susan Lucci would be one of my life goals as a fellow Hot Commodity and non-award winner. Nope. #ForeveraSuze #Bacon #JOATS #Werthers #Favorite
Ask me if I thought I would (sometimes) be able to direct people around New York City (see blog post). Negatory. I’m telling you, legit one day it clicked and I could see the grid in my head. Except the villages and Brooklyn cause they are a mystery and have one subway, right Werthers?
Ask me if I would have met such incredible, smart, crazy, caring and amazing people on this journey. I would have hoped and prayed yes, but what I got was beyond my dreams.
Ask me if I thought this girl from Litchfield, NY would be where I am right now. Not in a million years.
I have had an indescribable experience these past three plus years in New York City. I can’t begin to thank all who have helped me along the way; my parents, my brother, my Ithaca friends, my Casa de Ginger ginger, my NYC Ithaca friends, my Text friends, my Susan’s, my mentors, the Today Show anchors, the Metro North conductors (sans the ones on the 1:53 am - sorry bout that), everyone. To say I will miss this place, these people and these feelings, is the understatement of the century. I am forever grateful for the lessons I’ve learned and the amazing people I’ve found - and who have found me - along the way.
Here’s to you, NYC. You’re standing room only. You crowd, you cramp and you’re still the champ. Amen for NYC.
See ya’ll on the flip side in North Carolina, cheers!