i was way nervous meeting f2fb friend #316 carolyn quinn because i had to learn to negotiate new york public transportation. there are many native new yorkers, bernie goetz among them, who don’t even bother. it’s confusing, the staff are somewhat distant, and mapquest had been as cryptic as a psychic at a state fair.
but i got where i was supposed to go! coney island, although i couldn’t get in because we were two weeks from when the park is open on weekdays. instead, it was being rented out by a hasidic boys’ school. i wondereded if perhaps i could cut my hair, leaving forelocks and fool them into thinking i was twelve years old. . . .
carolyn and i are really sisters. we’re just a year apart (she’s fifty, i’m fifty one) and we both are enhanced redheads. we both love theater. we watch the same television shows. we have some of the same struggles with our families. we ate restaurant in brighton beach and the menu was in russian. boy, was i surprised at what i had for lunch and i’m still not quite sure what it was! then we got our nails done together and i felt quite thirteen. ATTENTION COWORKERS OF CAROLYN: that really is glitter on her finger tips!
then we wandered around, whiling away the hours. i was on the lookout for neil simon researching a new play. . . . but alas, the closest i came was some guy who stopped me to talk for a full minute and a half until he paused with a horrified look on his face. he had realized i don’t speak russian. it had just dawned on me that he wasn’t just talking with a new york accent. we moved on.
carolyn witnessed the 911 attacks from a tower just a mile away. she has not been on a plane since. she is skittish as are many new yorkers. but i have asked her to set aside her fears as i have done this past year: and she has promised me she’s coming to chicago.
one important aspect of my new years resolution to meet all my facebook friends was to find out exactly who they were, to get out from behind the laptop screen, to really see them face to face. not just facebook to facebook. i came to this part of new york expecting to meet a friend. but now i’ve met a sis. . . oh, damn, i’m hearing that song again!
isn’t it neat how carolyn took her on the computer, on the facebook page friends and turned them into people she knows!? i think it’s adorable! now i have to go play a whole bunch of heavy metal on my shuffle as i negotiate the new york transit to get to manhattan from brooklyn. wish me luck!
May 8th, 2012 at 2:06 pm
Love this post and the inspiration you infuse into others. That’s amazing. Thank you for sharing. As always, you amaze me.
May 9th, 2012 at 1:32 pm
thank you so much and now we have to figure out how to get YOU to come to chicago!
May 9th, 2012 at 3:07 pm
HAHA… Woo! If only US airport security didn’t scare the living daylights out of me… 😀 HAHAH.. My headscarf tends to um, freak out security. 😀
Woo.. the great windy city! Hopefully summer comes for you soon!
May 8th, 2012 at 3:07 pm
I love this!!!!!! And I can’t wait to see you in Chicago!
May 9th, 2012 at 1:31 pm
see you SOON!!!!!
May 8th, 2012 at 3:56 pm
Are you willing to tell a little about how you’re feeling when utilizing public tranportation, at a restuarant eating, at Coney-Island…ect.,..???
Have you experienced any classic anxiety symptoms(mild or major) while socializing in NewYork…?
Howard Lovely, Jr.
May 9th, 2012 at 1:31 pm
i completely freaked out the entire time! there are people in new york who never use the public transportation system and, if i could have avoided it, i would have. today i head out to staten island and we’ll see how that works and whether i get completely lost. or semi-completely.
May 9th, 2012 at 4:10 pm
Hey folks, I was there, and let me tell you, Arlynn came through that subway system with flying colors! Go, girl, GO!!!!!
May 8th, 2012 at 6:44 pm
Love this story! Love that song! Love hearing Carolyn’s voice!
May 9th, 2012 at 1:30 pm
isn’t she adorable?
May 9th, 2012 at 4:10 pm
Dyanne’s one of my FB friends that I haven’t met yet! 🙂
May 9th, 2012 at 10:03 am
Really enjoyed this post, Arlynn!
October 14th, 2012 at 10:04 am
Wow, enough reading of your inspiring blog for now! (wish I could bookmark/dogear where I am up to)
If this hasn’t given me the final nudge to create a facebook, I don’t know what will. 🙂
I’d love to have this experience of finding a buddy to hang out with. I have few friends, but I do have a “sister” that I really connect with, but she lives more than 3hrs away by train (I can’t drive) and the transport isn’t reliable.
I would love to have more local friends in general (I have heaps of friends,from hobbies and stuff) that are proper friends, ones I can admit my agorophobia to and feel really close with.
These other people just assume I’m busy. I’d love to have more “sisters” and knowing I’m meeting up with someone makes me feel safe to go just about anywhere!
Thanks for the hope and inspiration, I better tear myself away from the screen now, it’s like reading a really great book!
October 14th, 2012 at 1:04 pm
you are so sweet and if you get a facebook account, make sure to friendship request me. and send me an email to tell me to watch out for it — firstname.lastname@example.org! many thanks and i totally understand.