No place epitomizes the American experience and the American spirit more than New York City.
- Michael Bloomberg
I have a love-hate relationship with NYC. I lived there for years and still spend a good deal of time there now. Once a New Yorker, always a New Yorker.
It’s a crazy, yet amazing place. Sometimes it is amazing in it’s sheer lunacy. It’s grand and impressive, yet the quality of life can seem fundamentally impoverished at times. It’s heroic. It’s tough and romantic. It’s never boring. The people are legendary. They got chutzpah and pluck out the wazoo. The city ain’t for wimps.
Here are some of the challenges encountered (the ones I know about, that is):
- Triple-digit heatwaves with humidity thicker than your average politician. Humidity should be classified a WMD.
- An earthquake. WTF?
- A tropical storm with near gale force winds while working a music festival. Made Woodstock look like Kiddie Craft Camp.
- A hurricane. Sandy brought a week without power, cell phones, internet service, and heat. However, this also presented a rewarding opportunity to help others in the community.
- A terrorist plot to blow up the NYC subway system. [...]