As you may remember from my Carrie Bradshaw post
, I was in New York this past weekend.
It felt like a different New York.
It was not my home, but it was also not a place I was visiting as a tourist.
It was something else. Something better. It was like being an alum of the University of Manhattan. I highly recommend to all ex-New Yorkers that they visit their alma mater.
As an alum of the University of Manhattan, you witness all the freshman angst of the people who are actually enrolled in the school. For example, you go to the Met at 8pm on a Friday night. If there are freshmen there (if they've managed to get out of their Humanities 101 class, My Day Job Is My Nemesis), they won't be enjoying the art and the experience as much as you will. Why not? They are distracted. They are in the middle of their Real Lives. They have to get back to their homes, boyfriends, girlfriends, cats, deal with the subway, remember to get tampons, try to stop at the wine store before it closes and not drop the wine when getting a baguette to go with it, get frustrated that they forgot their gym shoes at the office, etc., etc., etc.
You, as an alum, are at the Met to do nothing more than contemplate the sublime.
As you witness the insanity of all these freshmen on the steps of the Met, you'll remember what it felt like, but, thank god, you won't have to live it.
Instead, distinguished graduate, you get to drop in on campus--you certainly know your way around--and soak it all in. Maybe audit a grad class. Eat at your favorite place at the cafeteria. Hang out with other students and alums. Get drunk and not worry about finishing your paper. Feel a bit larger than life.
This privileged position made me want to go back to New York on a regular, but not constant basis. It made me want to be involved in a project where I could take advantage of all that New York has to offer without losing my sanity and my shirt.
Speaking of shirts, I got so into the idea of New York as my alma mater that I almost bought the school's famous jersey, designed by University Graduate Cum Laude Milton Glaser. I stopped myself just in time.