Currently I live on two acres of Paradise. Literally – my town is called Paradise, zip code 17562. My views are unobstructed by man-made objects: to the north, a horse pasture; to the east, a grove of trees; to the south, a forest-covered hill, to the west, grass and some more trees (and a long stone lane which is, technically, man-arranged, but the stones are 100% earth).
Sometimes I crave the close confines of a city. Here are a country-dweller’s top 10 reasons for living in the city (feel free to correct my naivete in the comments section below):
1 – Walking is underrated. Living in the city would mean I could walk just about anywhere that I needed to go.
2 – Cars are overrated. See #1.
3 – Cities are generally 2-3 degrees warmer than the surrounding countryside (yes, right now it is winter – this may not be a benefit in the summer months).
4 – The guy in the coffee shop who has no good reason to be there. Which is, of course, the best reason of all to be in a coffee shop.
5 – Usually people in the cities are the ones that survive all the big disasters and end-of-the-world type catastrophes. At least, that’s what happens in the movies.
6 – I like getting lost in crowds of people and the feeling that I am connected to this mass of humanity.
7 – Manhole covers.
8 – Trees that spring up in the midst of sidewalks, growing out of four square feet of soil.
9 – Door buzzers, to which the person in the corresponding room says, “Yeah?” and you say, “It’s George,” and they respond, “C’mon up.”
10 – Using a broom handle to poke the ceiling, conveying the message to your neighbors upstairs that they need to keep it down.
So, city folks, what am I missing? We’re not going anywhere anytime soon, but you could try to change my mind…