I didn't see New York until I was 12.
I came on a bus with my parents and a tour group. To get to this mythical archipelago by mid-day, we had left Buffalo in the middle of the night. At noon, we staggered off the bus and onto a ferry bound for Ellis Island. It was bright and my sunglasses were broken. I hadn't slept at all. The afternoon sun bounced off the glass skyscrapers and seared itself deep in my pupils. It was my first case of sensory overload and I was instantly hooked.
As soon as I could, I moved there. I was 18 and went to university just outside the city. I took the train downtown and studied New York like it was a college course. Frenzy became the norm and quickly I became a local, morphing into some idea of a New Yorker.
I owe this city so much; This site is how I want to give back.
I've always been one of those people who dreamed of running away. Not anywhere specific, really; just putting things in a knapsack and walking out. Leaving the mug of coffee on the table and the bowl of cereal half-eaten next to the list of things I needed to do that week. One moment I would be there, leading my life, and the next ... poof. I would walk until my feet were tired or until the bus stopped at a place that for some reason got my attention.
So when I got to LA, I was running ... running from the usual things I like to run from and running towards everything I wanted to find. Unbeknownst to me, I would run to everything I was just running from, but that came later. In the meantime I found the place that gave me life and adventure and a new route to the things I wanted most. It gave me stories that people can only dream of. And most different from the other places I've run to, it gave me a home.
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Dive on in, the water's fine.
xx A & C
July 1, 2016