Or who, or what, besides a baseball player, can score a home run?
“All the news that’s fit to print”…did it for me!
I’m an avid fan of the NY Times for a lot of reasons and one is because every once in a while the paper has a good news article or op-ed or editorial that just hits me with an “aha” moment. Recently, it published an op-ed column,“Retire to Manhattan, Live Long“. Aha, aha, aha! For me, that was more than a base hit that was an over the wall, with the bases loaded, home run! It’s going to be my new bumper sticker, “Retire in Manhattan, Live Long”, if I had a car that is, which I don’t, so instead I’ll print it out and hang it on the wall in my apartment.
Reading the column made me stand up… literally! And say, “Thank you, Willard!” One of my friends, who doesn’t live here, recently said to me, he didn’t think the City had a sense of community. “It sure does,” I said. I told him about my neighborhood, but Willard Spiegelman, who wrote the 0p-ed, said it the best.
“Conventional wisdom holds that New Yorkers, like Parisians, are snooty, too busy to be approachable. Walking with speed and determination, they cannot be stopped. I have never found the stereotypes accurate. Manhattan is a series of small villages. It replicates itself every five blocks or so. The shoemaker, neighborhood market, barber shop, dry cleaners, liquor store all become part of one’s daily drill. You make friends in the shops.”
Now, as you know, if you read my blog even once in a while, I’m crazy about this city and everything it offers. For many years, I’ve wanted to live here and always knew it would be a great place to retire. This article just adds to why. (even though as Spiegelman says..”If one can afford it (a big if).” True, but there are so many freebies almost everyday and experiences that only cost the wear and tear on one’s feet (and knees), that simply enriches one’s life, I believe, at least for me.
As autumn arrives and baseball fans battle, you might want to read Spiegelman’s column in-between cheering for your favorite team. As I said, at the beginning, sometimes…something… just hits home!
“Chance encounters brighten the day. They’re like little love affairs without consequences. They keep you alert. This is what any senior citizen needs. To paraphrase Samuel Johnson, when a man is tired of Manhattan, he is tired of life.”
Love this City and Spiegelman for writing the column…bases loaded, out of the park, home run!
Important to know and good to know:
This good news op-ed was written by Willard Spiegelman who has a new book, “Senior Moments: Looking back, Looking ahead”, the column, and the above quotes are excerpts from that book. He currently lives in Dallas, but according to his column moving to NYC full-time next year.
(Spiegelman’s column site below – apologies – unable to make it smaller font – no matter what I did without losing the link)