Population Statistic: Read. React. Repeat.
Wednesday, October 14, 2021

I’ve spent the better part of the past month working in midtown Manhattan, near the heart of the tourist-trappy parts of town. And I’ve come to this conclusion:

Most visitors, especially Americans from other part of the country, are wholly unaccustomed to walking.

At least, walking in public places with a significant number of other people around. They probably are used to shuffling around their own homes, and perhaps grudgingly dragging their feet around offices, malls, and supermarkets. These isolated cocoons have caused the average American to develop really bad personal-mobility habits: They meander, move in slow zig-zags, and dead-stop in the middle of the sidewalk, totally oblivious to everyone else’s egress.

Otherwise, they must drive around in every other instance, and thus aren’t familiar with the concept of bipedal motion with a purpose. Too bad us locals have no time or inclination to instruct them.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 10/14/2009 08:28 AM
Category: New Yorkin', Society
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Curiously enough, I’ve seen a spate of online acquaintances recently move out of New York: First Karen (to Boston), then Maria (to San Francisco), and now, Tom Biro himself, off to Seattle.

What gives? Is the Big Apple repelling these folks? Those of us left behind can’t help but feel slighted. Because no matter how you spin it, it’s a zero-sum game — you can’t join a new team without rejecting the old one. Plus, since I’ve been back for a relatively short stretch now, I confess that I find it somewhat inconceivable that anyone would want to leave New York. Call me smitten…

Then again, I should point out that these three are online-only friends. I’ve met only one, Karen, in real life, and even then only briefly. Not that you can’t have a purely digital relationship these days. But especially when everyone lives and works within a few miles of each other, it feels like there’s a missing aspect. And now that they’re all absconding for other locales, well, it’s awkward.

Godspeed, I guess. Leaves more room for the rest of us!

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 10/14/2009 08:17 AM
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