Been musing about my upcoming move (just 9 days away), so I thought I'd share some of my thoughts and emotions with youse. It rambles, so skip it if you're in a hurry...<br><br>It's almost time. Finally.<br><br>In a week and a half, I'll point the luggage/family/pet-crammed Cavalier north, toward Manhattan. But first, the Realtors and the lawyers must reap their rewards, and I will hand over to the young couple coming from the opposite direction the keys to a home that is probably better suited to them than it ever was to me.<br><br>Farewell, Sunshine State. It simply wasn't meant to be. This is a place you come to when you've pretty much lived out your life. When you've had enough hustle and bustle and, well... life. But I'm not there yet. I still need noise and energy and rushing and shouting and so much more living!<br><br>That's not to say I won't miss much of the stuff of South Florida: Soaring tropical buildups -- towering cloud formations that rise to inspirational heights and splash the sky with colors that are rich and subtle at the same time; Palm trees lit up at night so you can watch their broad fronds sway in the sultry breezes; Patriarchal banyans who's intricately tangled trunks and roots and spreading crowns line the boulevards like ever-watchful guardians; The clear, blue-green ocean and warm waves; The fine, soothing sand; Las Olas; The IntraCoastal; Slow, perpetually turning ceiling fans; Geckos sunning themselves on the windowsill. These are the things that are constant and pleasing here.<br><br>Then, there are the things that I found equally constant, yet never pleasing: Hundreds of pink or yellow stucco shopping malls adorned with Spanish arches and capped with red tiled, hipped roofs; Clock towers that never seem to fit the proportions of the structures they sit atop; Broad, six-lane roadways on which you spend fully one third of your travel time waiting at traffic lights; Two left turn lanes, two right turn lanes, and an eternity between signal sequences; Gated communities; HOAs; Snowbirds; Dozens of "New York Style" delis and bagelries (fuhgetaboutit), and not a morsel of palatable Chinese food anywhere; TriRail (make that "TryRail"), the little commuter train that never could; And finally hurricanes. Another busy season predicted for Florida? Not for me thankyouverymuch. I'll take blizzards and sub-zero wind-chill over living without a roof or electricity for weeks on end.<br><br>Better to miss the pleasant than to endure the unpleasant.<br><br>So it's time to go. Back to where glass and steel soar instead of clouds. Where palm trees only grow on travel posters, and banyans are unheard of. Where Coney Island and Brighton Beach will be seashore enough for me. Where "other" critters rule instead of geckos. Where noisy steel wheels carry me efficiently under pavement and traffic and river. And where my only complaint is that the day just isn't long enough to hold all the life and living around me.<br><br>Good-bye, Boca. Have a nice afterlife. Hello NYC. Hello real life! <br><br><br>
<EMBED SRC="http://idisk.mac.com/mikeleboeuf/Public/buhbye2.mp4", WIDTH=100, HEIGHT=15 CONTROLLER=TRUE AUTOPLAY=FALSE><br><br>Just kiddin' . I went through pretty much the same experience last year leaving Las Vegas (hmmm good title for a book). I guess some people just belong in the north east. Someday I may move to the southwest again, but not any time soon. Probably the only other place I would want to live right now outside of the Boston area is Manhattan. Now all sing NY is where I'd rather stay. I get allergic smelling hay. I just adore a penthouse view....<br><br>
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