Originally Posted by artmamasays
Sort of ironically I grew up around cows, not chickens, but I think it would be a whole lot harder to try to keep a calf in the backyard!
NYC is a neat place to visit. It can be a rough place to live, but not always. It is sooooo big that you can tuck yourself into a neat little pocket and stay there - and a lot of people do. I know people who only go into 'the city' (Manhattan) a couple times a year - or are afraid to go at all - and it is a 25 min train ride...
Before I worked in Manhattan, I'd try to go in once a month or so. I'd plan to arrive at Times Square around 10am, get a half-price ticket (or two, if I brought a friend) for a Broadway show for that night, then spend the day on some kind of outing -- either exploring in general, or seeking a particular destination, like a museum, zoo, or the Cloisters. Then I'd grab dinner, see the show, and go home. When I was alone, it was my special "me" time, when I got to do all the geeky things that tend to draw quizzical looks and yawns when I try to do them with other people.
Once I started working in Manhattan and had to ride the LIRR 45 minutes each way several times a week, I rarely made a special trip in. Usually, if I wanted to see a show, I'd go in early on a lunch-shift day (I was a server in a restaurant), get my ticket, work, grab dinner, and then head on down to the theatre. The last thing I wanted to do on a day off was get on the train when I didn't absolutely have to.