Saturday, August 11, 2012
It’s now been a week since I returned to the homeland, and I never quite provided a final update or an encapsulated view on my summer.
I know I haven’t lived that long and have a great deal to learn and experience, but these last few months provided constant moments when I knew just how lucky I was – whether it was walking down 6th Ave., riding a ferry to Governor’s Island, enjoying a ballgame on Staten Island or eating great French fries at one of NY’s favorite snack spots.
And then last Saturday, I caught the plane back home. Over the course of that day, I went from the bustling streets of the big city and a final goodbye breakfast to my favorite city, Phoenix, and its southwest specialty, Carolina’s Mexican Food, for dinner. But even more so, I left the land of some ridiculous opportunities for my home, family and friends – the place that has shaped me and continues to define who I am. I love Phoenix and couldn’t be happier to be back for the next while.
I’ve enjoyed time back with my mom, dad and sister and a birthday dinner for my grandma with the cousins, aunt and uncle, on Monday, and I’ve been able to reconnect with my friend Tyler Bagley, who returned this summer from his two-year mission in Argentina. I couldn’t be gladder to have him back in the picture and around. I moved into my apartment back at The Met in Downtown Phoenix on Monday before jumping in the car with Tyler, Gerald, who is my new great roommate, and good friend Evie for California. We spent the three days in and around the beaches of L.A. with our friend Jessica Choi, who just finished up a summer internship in Burbank. After a summer around New Yorkers, it was a blessing to see the West Coast and find some refreshing peace with friends and the coast. I was even able to meet up with lifelong friend Bryce in Orange. I then spent the day yesterday with the great friends of David, Gabe, Bette and Julian for lunch, pool time and the Dbacks game. Connecting with friends and family is wonderful. Thank you, everyone, for being around. And there’s still a week until school starts!
As for my second trip down to D.C. and my last week in New York, I had a tremendous time. Visiting the D.C. Bureau went well, and it was great to meet up again with my friend Kyle living and attending school in the city.
My final week in New York was a mad dash. If you go to NYC, I recommend these three, unconventional destinations: the New York highline, a Staten Island Yankees baseball game and an afternoon on Governor’s Island. Take the ferry to Governor’s Island on Saturday or Sunday, the only days its open, and simply walk around the place. There are swings, old homes, a beautiful, green park, a little lunch shack and not that many people. It provides an awesome view of the city skyline and the Statue of Liberty. I went over with Jessica, Stacy and Erin, and we agreed it was one of the best, and most unexpected, places in the city.
And I left an enjoyable newsroom. It’s great to have a cordial group of people to work around, especially when they’re open to embracing an intern. I’m thankful I was placed with the bureau. They were a great part of this summer – one I’ll be forever appreciative of.
Thanks, all, for keeping posted and keeping an interest in my life and activities. I honestly feel a bit forward writing all this, but I’m encouraged by you all to write in order to stay updated. So for that, I’m humbly thankful to have you in my life. Look forward to seeing everyone soon! Take care and go Dbacks!