I’ve noticed as I walk around Manhattan that life is very different here. Most people don’t own cars. They simply rely on taxicabs, the subway system, and occasionally a bus or two. This city is great. There is a ton to do, much to see, and countless places to go all within the city. But being able to see both sides of the spectrum, meaning the city as well as the suburbs, gives me a different perspective. When I’m in the city for too long, I crave the quiet roads of a small town. When I’m in the suburbs I crave the fast passed atmosphere of the city. However, this leads me to believe that there are many people that haven’t retreated past these city walls. Presumably, those who have moved here from other countries perhaps, and those who do not have access to a car cant go far in a suburb. Sure, you can get there by train and ferry; but once you’re there how do you get around?
For this, I’m thankful that I get to experience both sides of this beautiful city, and maybe you can even say another side, when I get to see the mountains and the dirt roads of upstate New York. There’s truly nothing like it. In places other than Manhattan you can walk your dog on a street that actually has grass! You can venture into the woods and play in the snow before it gets covered in dirt or shoveled ! You can even visit places like the Adirondacks and go tubing on Lake George!
What made me think of this is kind of strange. I was actually in a Sonic this past weekend, and the experience just hit me. Something so simple as driving up to a menu and having someone roller-skate out to you with your food is something special. While it seems so minimal, and the food certainly isn’t the best for you (health wise) I realized that its something not many get to experience. I don’t think someone can hop in a cab and say “Drive to Sonic!” I mean, what would you do? Enjoy a corndog and a milkshake with some cab driver you just met, while you sit there listening to music? Well, I guess anything is possible so I shouldn’t completely rule that situation out. But, the experience isn’t the same if you don’t drive there yourself and enjoy the company of your friends, the radio, good conversation, and greasy food.
So, to all of you Manhattanites who have never ventured out beyond this great big city, I suggest you do so. There is so much more out there. Even if it is far and wide in between. Maybe you’ll come to appreciate the peace a quiet. Its great! I promise. And while your at it, go to a Sonic too ! Go travel where the subway can not take you.