Things have changed quite a bit since the last time I wrote a typo-ridden post. My wife, Cindy, got a amazing job opportunity in Ithaca, NY. After not-much debate, we quit our jobs, packed up our things and left sunny California for occasionally sunny upstate New York at the end of June.
That’s right! I’m back in New York!..sorta. Even though I’m 2,300 miles closer to my friends, family and the city, there are still a significant 225-250 miles separating us. While I’m down for the occasional 4.5 hour drive, my two year old son is not.
While Cindy goes to work and I struggle to find a job of my own, I try to explore Ithaca with Xavi while keeping him fed, entertained and unharmed (at least through no fault of my own whether directly or through negligence). Yup. I’m a stay-at-home dad for the foreseeable future.
- When I told people I was moving to Ithaca, people kept saying “Ithaca is ‘gorges’ you know?” I hoped they were wrong especially since it’s on every other bumper sticker and t-shirt I see around here. Unfortunately, it’s true. The gorges are beautiful and words can’t do them justice. Xavi was scared of them at first but he’s gotten used to seeing them.
- Ithaca is a lot smaller than I thought it was. I’ve probably seen 65% of the town in the 2.5 months we’ve been here. In Los Angeles, everything was 15 minutes away but it probably took you 30-45 minutes to actually get there. Here, if you’ve been in the car for 15 minutes, you’ve probably left Ithaca and didn’t realize it.
- There are a lot more minorities here than I expected. When we talked about moving to Ithaca, I really did think that the only minorities I would see would be college students but that has not been the case at all. It could be our close proximity to Martin Luther King Street (since it’s not MLK Blvd, I don’t know if Chris Rock’s observation still holds true). There are also an abundance of mixed race children up here so Xavi won’t be a special snowflake when he starts school.
- I have never seen so many white people with dreadlocks in my life. Male, female, young, old, they are everywhere. At first, I thought that maybe I was just running into the same people but I saw three in one day at different parts of town. It’s so strange. Apparently this is where all the Jamals from House Party II came to retire.
- I know this is (hopefully) only a summer problem but there are so many damn bees and flies up here. Every time we are within five feet of flowers (which is pretty much everywhere) I feel like I’m under attack. Aside from a fair amount of mosquito bites, nothing really bad has happened but there have been times when a bee or wasp has flown into Xavi’s stroller and I freaked out.
I’m sure longer I’m here, the more things I will find to love about Ithaca.
At least until it snows.