New York: A Love Story

Has self written this one already?

Self loves every aspect of this city, most especially :

  • The bad-tempered cabbies
  • The tiny apartments crammed with knick knacks
  • The endlessly stoic endurance of the people who live here

The apartment self and Dearest Mum are in, on the 15th floor of Tudor City Place, overlooks the East River.  Self can see, across the water, the spires of many buildings, and a red neon Coca-Cola sign.  The muffled roar of traffic is endless.

Dearest Mum had gotten take-out matzo ball soup, bread, and pastrami (so rich and laced with fat!  Not like the kind they sell back in Cali-fuh-nia!) from the Carnegie Deli (established 1937).  She had saved a copy of the airline magazine, which has a smiling Robert de Niro on the cover (Self can hardly wait to read the interview with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Ryan on their new movie).  Really, self is very happy here.  She doesn’t know what it is:  in JFK, shortly after exiting the plane, and before getting to Baggage Claim, she stopped and looked at herself in a passing mirror. My God, could that really be self?  In California, her face is as wrinkled and dry as a prune.  Here it is —  actually plumped up.  She has no wrinkles.  New York, here comes self!

(Just as self anticipated, though it is late and Dearest Mum is fast asleep, her cell keeps ringing.  Shut up!  Leave us alone, you crummy hangers-on!  Self tosses the cell phone in a closet and hides it under layers of her cousin’s sweaters.  Damn if she’s gonna be bothered by that infernal ringing at all hours of the day and night!)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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