Well, friends, this is it.
I think the craziest part is that this is actually happening. I am going to New York. I am going to New York to make art. To make, look at, and read about art. My zip code will be 10001 in New York, NY. Crazy.
Currently, I sit in the sixteenth gate at Sacramento Airport. Since I’m reaaaaaaaaally cheap, though, this is not as exciting as a plane straight to New York. This is a plane to Orange County. Then, I will get on a plane to Denver and then from Denver, a plane to La Guardia International Airport in New York, NY. This is a 12.5 hour traveling day. Excellent.
I don’t know if I’m exactly ready. I know that I was not ready last night, when I was attempting to shove my entire wardrobe into two fifty-pounds-or-less bags. (Sidenote/advice: when the say fifty pounds, they mean fifty pounds. You never want to be the guy shoving 2.5 pounds of socks and underwear into your trendy carry-on tote. Hint: I was just that guy.)
However, I have taken measures to ensure that I will be ready. Thanks to one of my best friends back at PLNU, Jene (Hiiiiiii, Jeneeee), I have been listening to “Ian’s Big Apple Mix,” a mix CD specifically tailored to my journey. One of the songs on repeat has been Glee’s version of Empire State of Mind. Listen and feel my excitement.
I’ve also sufficiently readied myself using other tools. Some of my most recent searches have been “Hipsters guide to NYC,” “what to wear in a NY summer,” and “cheap broadway tickets.” I’ve also watched the best of the best movies set in New York, like Funny Girl, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Devil Wears Prada (the most glamourous one) and Julie & Julia. I’ve also gone on a Google-Maps virtual tour of the entire city. Friends, I am ready. Beyond ready.
Now I must take off though, so I will see you on the other side. One big “bon voyage” to myself for now, and I will update you soon!