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The Guide of a MOSSLover Becky Isserman's Blog

New York City was always this fantasy far away that I couldn't touch.  I'm not sure it's really New York, but a place that was outside of St. Louis.  A place that was outside this whole midwestern bubble I lived in when I was a kid.  All I had was school and baseball, because well everything else wasn't so great when I until after I turned 18.  When I was 18 I had this really great summer and it felt like everything was changing.  It was the beginning of my life.  I had no idea what that summer meant, but at the end I was in Naperville, Illinois...I was no longer stuck in St. Louis with all the baggage.  I had no one to guide me.  My grandmother had just died, so it was like being thrown into the wild.  This was my ticket to get to some place like Paris, Los Angeles, New York City...A couple years later I transferred to Kansas City and I graduated.  I applied for over 100 jobs on Career Builder and Monster and Hot Jobs and whatever else I could get my hands on.  I even applied for jobs at the House and Senate that were technology related.  As life goes I ended up in St. Louis and then Kansas City again, not Paris, Los Angeles, or New York City.  I started getting involved in the SharePoint and .Net Community and I traveled to places like New York City and Los Angeles, but not Paris.  It made me dare to dream I could live somewhere else.  How cool would it be to live near New York City?  So when I had the opportunity to move I did it.  I hated it so much.  It was like living in Zimbabwe.  Everything was so different in New Jersey.  There were no left turns.  The people drove like maniacs.  Everywhere you went there were a billion people.  My boyfriend and I sat down and we made an agreement that we needed to give it a year before we said we hated anything.  In between I got to know the community, I got to know the people, and I started to hate things a little less each day.  It was gradual and I'm not sure when things changed.  So I went to Central Park for the second time ever in my life and I walked around with a friend.  I realized how awesome New York City is today.  I hate it some days and I love it other days.  I love how I can go into the city and just sit and stare at the trees in Central Park.  I love how I can take a subway and go see a Broadway Musical.  I love how you can sit by a fountain and all of a sudden a ballet dancer will start dancing around the fountain with a friend.  I still hate how the people can be so rude and not apologize for some of the meanest stuff I have ever seen.  I assume since there are a lot of people you are going to get every kind of person.  Some people are nice and others are not.  So I can get used to the people I will just never become one of those people who is that mean.  Sometimes I lose sight of it, but I need to keep being nice no matter what.  I've seen some weird people like these kids who were chasing me to one of the subways screaming "Get Her Purse!"...People do the craziest things and I'm going to doubt they would be able to get my purse in front of 300 onlookers who were watching them.  It was more amusing then scary.  I see a whole slew of weirdos at Penn Station every time I go.  I guess getting to my point I will never regret taking a leap and moving outside of my comfort zone.  At the end of the year I am probably moving to Hoboken, which means I am probably going to spend more time in NYC.  I feel like we moved, but not all the way.  We were just testing the waters.  Now we are really geared up to put ourselves all in.  I think it's going to be great.  There are still parts of New Jersey I could do without, but I don't hate New Jersey either.  I was in Atlantic City staring at the ocean a few weeks ago.  I think New Jersey has some good parts and some bad parts just like any other place.  I think the problem with the past year is that I was adjusting to so much.  It takes me about a year to get used to any place.  I think that I've finally gotten used to the area.  I can finally sit back and feel comfortable.  Yes, St. Louis will always be that place where I came from that I will occassionally visit, but I can see myself staying in the New York Metro Area and feeling happy.  I hope that everyone has a good week.  Maybe some day I'll sit down and write a blog post or a codeplex project.  If not then I'll continue to check in every so often.

Posted on Monday, April 4, 2011 12:52 AM Personal , Life, The Universe, and Everything | Back to top


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