Yesterday, I had the pleasure of sitting in a car on Manhattan’s ritzy Upper East side neighborhood for about two hours and it gave me new perspective on a lot of things. These are some of the lessons I learned all before midday yesterday.
1. After a while, we take on the tendencies of those we spend time with. They say eventually people and their pets start to look like each other.
2. It’s always a good idea to let people know you care about them – like this man walking and holding his lady’s hand.
3. There are distractions everywhere – so you have to know where you’re going and stay focused on your purpose.
4. All men are not created equal.Even in the trendiest part of the city, there still some people who push their laundry in carts. ( I saw this guy pushing a full cart down Madison Avenue. I don’t even think there are laundromats on Madison Avenue. This one shocked me so greatly, I missed the photo opportunity. You’ll just have to trust me that I saw it)
5. Dream big! Forget yellow cabs. On the East Side, when you call for a car to pick you up, you can have a S-class Mercedes at your door.
6. Know the differences. Sometimes old is old and sometimes old is vintage. This is a vintage car. A beautiful 1958 Mercedes Benz.
7. Be patient. In NYC, there’s no need to worry about missing the bus because another bus is usually right behind it.
8. Clothes matter.Being well dressed for an event is almost guaranteed to put that extra pep in your step.
9. Sometimes simple is the way to go. And at those times, the best seat in the house for lunch is on a park bench in the great outdoors.
10. Some things are constant. I don’t know where people are coming from or going to, but pedestrian traffic is one of the constants about NYC. There are always people looking to cross the street or coming down the street.
I love this city. There is always something to see or something to do or something to learn. And if I went back to the Upper East Side (UES) later today, I bet there would be 10 more lessons for me. But another day and another neighborhood awaits.
What is one random thing you learned or were reminded of today?