|FROM ||Ron Guerin
|SUBJECT ||Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] 50th
|Sorry for the delay, I've been down with something that's going around.
Not the flu though.
On 01/24/2013 07:50 PM, Ruben Safir wrote:
> On 01/24/2013 05:11 PM, Ron Guerin wrote:
>> On 01/24/2013 01:17 PM, Ruben Safir wrote:
>>>> I need to find my way back to Brooklyn too.
>>> Interesting. I've been thinking of leaving, but I can't seem to find a
>>> way out.
>> Well, I find it hard to explain, especially given most of the people I
>> know in the area turned out to be opportunists, swindlers, slanderers,
>> bad friends, and unable to distinguish right from wrong or stand up
>> for it. But aside from the shitty people I took into my life, I loved
>> Brooklyn and 'city life'. There was always a feeling that something
>> great was always on the verge of happening, and leaving was the
>> hardest thing.
> I don't agree with that, but I'm in a community that spends a lot of
> time in the Bais Medresh. I'll never forget the time that the block
> swept Evan off his feet and paraded him around, while he was protesting
> that it was me moving into the house, and not him.
You should have got a picture and captured it "Community Celebrates
Arrival of Free Software Advocates" ;)
>> I intend to come back, and if I can manage not be used as a doormat
>> again, really good things will happen. I did leave some good people
>> behind, and I miss their company.
> The simple fact is that I've lived here most of my life by choice and
> quite proudly of it, through thick and thin. From what I've seen, the
> city is tipping back into a period of high crime, homelessness on the
> streets, chaos and filth. I'm to old to live through the 1970's again.
I started working in Manhattan in '87 when I was still a kid, but I grew
up in the burbs, and I only get to see the photos from the 70's.
My understanding has been that most of the crime is about stealing Apple
products and other gadgetry. It concerns me because one of the things I
liked about Brooklyn was wandering around on foot with my camera. But I
keep asking myself if this kind of crime isn't somehow just the
inevitable result of things of such large value (those iPhones and iPads
are really pricey) being displayed publicly in large numbers. In that
case the rise in the crime rate is due to the city's inhabitants
ignoring the truths already learned the hard way. Has there ever been a
time everyone could have walked around with $600 or more in their bare
hands and crime would not have risen?
> And I need to move on to my second phase of life to life in a place
> where I feel that I can matter more under less stress. I'd have been
> gone already if not for the legal issues I'm still stuck in.
My understanding about your wanting to matter more, is that you've got
the same problems everyone else has. Since I don't want to get into the
weeds right now, I'll just say that whether you stay or go, the past is
dead, and the future is "new". You have to re-invent yourself and start
from scratch and frame everything in 2013 terms for a society that's
fuzzy about 2010 and doesn't remember anything before 2008, and disdains
people who do.
> I'd also like to get remarried.
I'm not sure if those are two unrelated thoughts, or do you feel that
you won't be getting remarried if you stay in Brooklyn? Certainly
there's got to be nice Jewish girls in Brooklyn.