November 11, 2011
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October 27, 2009
I was at the www.140conf.com today in Los Angeles. I noticed that Jeff Pulver and the gang had also held it in London and New York City.
For the last 12 years, that’s right- one dozen, I have lived in either one of these three cities. It began with London, then over to NYC, and now in Lala.
I grew up in the South. I thought where I went to college had a lot of action and used to think I could see myself living there forever- getting a farm and making pottery. Somehow, after graduation, I snapped out if and skipped the country. It was South London for me- SE5 to be precise.
I’ve met a ton of kids who grew up in cities. They mostly all say that being in the countryside drives them nuts- that they would much rather fall asleep to sirens and drunk people noises than the songs of crickets.
I thought myself lucky- that I grew up where it was nice and quiet for the better part of two decades on a street that had no name, but was technically Rural Route (insert number here) for the post al service. I felt that I appreciated all the excitement of the cities more than these kids, and that it did not hurt me to go back and spend time among green fields, streams, trees and wilderness.
But now, I’m beginning to wonder. I’m applying for more school- to various places- none in these three metropolises. Will I miss anything- any fun? the traffic, the bomb scares, etc?
Will I be like Chevy Chase ala ‘Funny Farm’? – one of my favorite movies where he moves from NYC to CT to write a novel. Will I get batty? Will I fear the locals, the townies who I once thought were quite interesting from the ‘uncultured hicks’ of my youth?
Or will the internet properly bridge experiences for me? Will I be able to be a hermit and part of the action online? Will that be enough?
We’ll see is all I’ve got.
CC in FF