My favourite pastime to walk, observe, to connect as I disconnect. This city and it's vibe are great for doing just that. In some cafés I notice the pictures of this city from years bygone. I run into people who say they are born here, many generations living in the city. A lineage of families who established and operated a small business. The tradition seems to continue with the young entrepreneurs operating the organic cafés, tea, coffee and juice bars. I have not dived into the history of these owners as a part of me would like to believe that they were inspired by the lineage of business owners, or maybe they belong to such a family.
And then the glitter and the glamour or brand name stores, the "designer" brand. New York would certainly be the place to buy products that are leading the fashion industry.
I sit up on the third floor of the Time Warner Center. I hear the strong local accent in the conversation between two women at the nearby table. I think how similar we all are in our connecting, in the relating, how we share our life stories as well as the life stories of common friends. Yes it boils down to stories. We are all story tellers. Sometimes we live to tell, and at times we tell and share, it
makes us feel alive.