Going to BlogHer… Again
Despite what I’m about to say, I love it when BlogHer is in New York. Well, anywhere on the East Coast. It’s easy for me to get to. I can take the bus, which I actually like a lot. I have family and friends in the city that I get to see between panels and keynotes at the conference. It’s all very easy.
But I really dislike New York.
I know I’m in the minority with this thought, that other people really love the city, but it’s a dementor-kind-of town for me. I pass through the Holland Tunnel, and it feels like all the happiness has been sucked from my body. I don’t feel this way about all cities. For instance, I feel springy when I’m in Boston. I feel happy when I’m in London. I even feel good in Chicago and Philadelphia, and, of course, I love Washington. But New York just drains me.
It smells like urine. And it’s really dark. Like there isn’t enough sun reaching the ground. Probably because it can’t due to the buildings. The people are fine, but they’re all standing against a really noisy and grimy backdrop.
I’m glad that other people like the city; that there are people who enjoy visiting or living there. I’m just not one of those people.
But I love BlogHer, so I am going to BlogHer in the city. I likely won’t leave the hotel much; in fact, I went to New York a few weeks ago with the twins and got the one thing I wanted to do out of my system so I wouldn’t feel like I had to leave the hotel. (It was go to Tannen’s Magic Shop.) For those who wish they could go to New York, this must sound like a complete waste. But there is so much that happens at the conference. There is meeting new people and catching up with old people and Voices of the Year and panels and lots and lots and lots of stuff. So… that’s where I’ll be.
I’ll try to update from the road, though photos and long stories will probably have to wait until I’m home and at a computer again.
New York — yay or nay for you?