I've been wanting to write about this for awhile, but I only get to the Library for the computer a couple times a week (at the most). So here it is.
When I was in Chicago last weekend, I realized that I have a New York City state of mind. I'll try to explain it. When I first moved out here and went into the city, I wasn't aggressive like the New Yorkers. When I walked down the street and bumped into somebody (if you've never been here before, I have to let you know that this happens all the time!!), I would quickly turn and apologize. or say "excuse me," or something like that. Well, I guess after awhile of saying this 10, 20 times a day (New Yorkers don't apologize, or even acknowledge that you said sorry. They also don't acknowledge that you bumped each other.), I just sort of stopped saying something when this would happen. Last weekend in Chicago I would bump into someone (I didn't just start running into people or anything, but when the streets are crowded, sometimes your shoulder touches with someone elses. or something like that.) and not apologize right away. They'd turn and look, or say sorry, or something. Like I did when I first moved out here. By the time I realized what had happened, they were long gone.
Also, crosswalks. It's another way I realize I have a NYC state of mind. I'll leave it at that.
So, this small-town girl now has turned into a little bit of a New Yorker. I'm stressing the little bit because there is no way I'll ever have even close to what it takes to live or work in NYC. and that is just fine with me, because I'd never, ever want to live there.