How do you escape when you
can't go anywhere? And when, worse yet, it seems that everyone else is packing
their bags for yet another weekend in the Hamptons? Hot and bitter are great
qualities in a cup of coffee, but less attractive in a New Yorker. Here are
a few tips for keeping the mean reds away when you're stuck behind the bars
of your brownstone while everyone else is fleeing the city (albeit at 2.5 mph
in outbound traffic):
ferry. You'll feel like you've been somewhere even if you just take a
round trip to Weehawken and back.
Mr. Softee truck. And bring back the days when your capacity for happiness
was greater than your capacity for disappointment.
the city. Make a list of a dozen places you've never been in the city*,
and go to one place each Saturday. *Extra points for outer boroughs. Did you
know that Staten Island hosts one of the world's best collections of Tibetan
Think your commute is bad? Go see March of the Penguins and then
come talk to me.
yourself. Volunteering helps with this--I've found I can stop thinking
about my own "luxury problems" for whole minutes at a time this
party. Believe it or not, you're not the only one stuck in the city this
weekend. Whether it's inviting a couple of people over to watch Escape
From New York, or throwing a full-on hula party in your studio, misery
in a few uncharitable thoughts. A lifetime of this sort of thing will
give you wrinkles, but a few choice cracks about McMansions can be positively
Which reminds me...we're
having a party this evening and I haven't even started the potted shrimp....
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