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August 20, 2008

How to feel less depressed about being stuck in Manhattan in summer: Remind yourself you are an islander!

The other day I overheard a woman ask another woman, "Do you live on the island?" and I thought, "Island, what island?" Oh, right!! How exotic and tropical! We live on Manhattan island - not a concrete jungle!!! All of a sudden, pollution was replaced by a coconut scented breeze and my hand was fisting a Strawberry Daiquiri instead of a Red Bull*. The honking, pushing and rushing? Just mellow islanders going about their laid-back lives... Witness the delusional power of words.

Word of caution: If you overstate this point to friends, family and even to yourself, this tactic will turn pathetic in a New York minute.

* I do not drink Red Bull. I just know too many people who do.



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I've always thought of Manhattan as a peninsula, although it is an island unto itself.

Posted by: johnfromdowntown at August 21, 2008 1:33 PM
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