Tuesday, March 2, 2010

"She's A Native New Yorker"

Yuki's bag
We met literally on international ground.

Even though she was being just as polite as everyone else, there was something about her that felt very familiar. I, on the other hand, was not just a fish out of water. I was a big fish out of water in a teeny tiny china shop and it was all I could do to sit still and keep my mouth shut so I wouldn't get fired on my first day of work.

But rushing down a sweeping corrider filled with priceless art and important people, out of nowhere she said, "Have you noticed everyone here is so fucking polite?!"

To which all I could do in a flood of relief was say, "Oh Thank God. You're a fucking New Yorker!"


NATIVE NEW YORKER
New York City girl
New York City
New York City girl
You grew up ridin' the
subways, runnin' with people
Up in Harlem, down on Broadway
You're no tramp, but you're no lady
Talkin' that street talk
You're the heart and soul of New York City

7 comments:

cityofstrangers said...

CO - I don't know how many times I've felt that same intense relief coming back to New York after being in Canada (where indeed everyone is so suffocatingly polite) - at last, I can relax!

T.

Nick said...

Am I a New Yorker yet? I've been here over 6 years, but I'm still polite. I dont' feel like a New Englander anymore. Will I ever be a New Yorker?

c.o. moed said...

... um... ah... um... WOW did you see the size of that rat? um... what about those Mets, huh? um...

Nick said...

Ur gonna leave me on the side of Highway 95 somewhere between Massachusetts and New York, neither place taking any claim.

New Yorkers don't throw away ur out-of-state immigrant brothers and sisters, we might originally come from other states, but we love the city and call it home now.

c.o. moed said...

sigh... oh ok. but only because you're totally cool. not because I'd be upset passing you on the highway.

BunnyBliss™ said...

I'm not gonna lie, this made me laugh after the most horrible day ever. :))

c.o. moed said...

So delighted and thank you!