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The Goldrush

November 12, 2011

This is me.

These are my friends.

This is where I live.

And this is where I’m going.

You might be asking yourself, is that a real picture of San Francisco? The answer is no, it’s not. It’s a picture that I plucked from Pinterest because I have never been to San Francisco. In fact, I have only been to California twice in my life. Both visits were primarily spent in a certain Disney-themed amusement park, maybe you’ve heard of it?

I never thought I’d want to kick the dust, or in this case, city grime, off my feet, and  hit the road to California, but this summer the idea snuck in, and for some reason, I haven’t been able to let it go.

I grew up in Maine.

And yes. It’s beautiful. It really is, but like any other 18-year old, when I graduated from high school, I was ready for a change. I loved growing up in Maine, but probably didn’t appreciate the charm of it until recently, as I wade into my mid-20s.

Which is why this summer, for the first time since my move to New York 6 years ago, I realized I was tired of convincing myself that a park with 300 strangers is the same as a backyard, and that taking two trains (and a bus!) to get to the beach isn’t how I want to spend a July morning. I wanted the ocean back, I wanted a grill, and I wanted s p a c e.

Since that train ride to the beach that morning, and the painfully sticky ride home, I’ve resolved to make a plan. I’m no longer going to complain about the size of my room, or it’s lack of a closet. I picked New York, and I’ve loved it for a very long time. But, like other relationships I’ve had, we’re just not right for each other anymore. Therefore, I have made it a goal of mine to soak up as much of New York as I can so that when we do break up, we are both ready.

This blog is going to be about that. It’s going to be about the giant role my friends play in my day-to-day and minute-to-minute life, and it’s going to be about doing everything in New York that I got too lazy to do as an actual New Yorker. It’s going to be about what I eat (that’s important!), what I read (English major- don’t judge), and what I do.

It’s also going to be a way for me to keep track of my final year in the city that gave me all this.

And it’s going to be about my trek to the Golden coast this spring, when my lease is up, and when I have run out of time to recruit everyone I know into coming with me.

Yes, that includes you.

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