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New York calling

Posted by keithosaunders on March 4, 2011

And now for a little palette cleanser.  Think of this post as a sorbet.

Earlier this week I was going about my business when my cell phone rang.  I could see from the LCD screen that it was a good friend calling from New York City. 

I answered with a hearty “Hello!”

But my friend did not respond.  I could hear the sound of boots clomping on hardened snow, and soon I heard what sounded like the roar of an approaching subway train.  Moments later I heard the unmistakable chime that the subway doors emit when they open —  and presently the closing chime.  That’s when the phone call cut off. 

Obviously my friend must have unknowingly pressed a button on the cell, calling me by mistake.  The effect was as if the city of New York itself called me — mocking me.  While I’m out here in the perennially sunny, 60 degree winter weather of California, hearty people are enduring real winters.  These are the folks that are worthy of spring.  They have earned the right to a few weeks of mild weather before the oppressive heat of summer.

“Come back, you fool,” the phone call seemed to say.  “Before it’s too late…”  

 

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Home

Posted by keithosaunders on January 6, 2011

How strange it is for me to associate home with the Bay Area but that is indeed the case.  This afternoon I flew home to the west coast for the first time in 27 years.  The trip to New York was a good one, both work-wise and personally.  I got to spend some great time with my friend Jeff in the Bronx as well as see other friends and former colleagues. 

It’s bittersweet, however, as I return to a life bereft of gigs.  In New York I was working three to five nights a week as well as teaching.  Here I have had to start from square one in a jazz scene that is not as busy as New York’s.  It is daunting to say the least.  Still I look forward to the few gigs I have, as well as getting back into hanging out and meeting new people.     

I have to say that San Francisco kicks ass when it comes to airport transportation.  It’s a quick walk through the terminal to the elevated air train.  From there it’s a five-minute ride to the BART station which gets me to within two miles of my home.  In New York you have a choice between a 40 dollar cab ride, for which you’re going to have to wait on a long line, or an air train that takes you to a subway station in Jamaica Queens.  It’s confusing, cumbersome, and unpleasant. 

So put that in your crack pipe and smoke it, New York!

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