Monday, July 13, 2009

[The Life of Shaun #355] Back in the Big Smoke

Hey all,

Made it back safely and quickly this morning (I flew back into Gatwick - woo hoo! - saving me the trans-London traversal from West to East). It's just under ten hours from Atlanta to London, but I have to say that I think I prefer the extra few hours over flying from New York - it gave that extra bit of time to allow the natural cycle of the Xanax coma to play itself out and so I got a good six-plus hours of sleep and wasn't trying to navigate the tube while my medicine was trying to bring me back into unconsciousness. I feel tired, but not as worn down and weary as normal. Will still be a long day before a reasonable time for bed, but I'll try to stay up.

The two week trip was great; loved seeing everybody and quite happy to officially add Atlanta to the list of American Cities I Like. I have to say, being in New York was just the bees knees and I could've happily stayed, and felt totally comfortable with thoughts of being back there again. But then after being on the mainland in Miami for a week I started to question if I could stomach living in the States again after my happy exile in liberal Europe. It was wonderful to see my extended family there, but the city violently offends me on so many levels. I understand why they like it there, but all the reasons they love Florida are things that don't interest me and all the things I want out of a city are not there. I feel totally uncomfortable and anxious the whole time I am there and my week seemed an eternity.

But then, a bit miraculously, Atlanta cured what ailed me. It really is a surprisingly charming, diverse, liberal (lots of Obama bumper stickers), hip city infused with distinct character and constant surprises. Everyone is so friendly and there is no shortage of outrageous, tragic shocks and delights that I so enjoy. I had a deliciously scandalous time with McGirr, squeezing in fourteen gay bars and sundry food joints and setting some personal and city records in my two short days there. I could and will quite happily spend much more time there.

For now, though, very happy to be back in London, back in Shadwell, my flat and, soon, my bed. Tomorrow it's back to the grind.

Cheers,
Shaun

Shaun H. Coley
Shadwell, Tower Hamlets
London, UK

http://www.nocirc.org
http://shaunism.blogspot.com

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

[The Life of Shaun #354] Atlanta

I quite like Atlanta.  I am a little surprised, it being not New York and all, but it's really quite special.  There is so much tragedy and choiceness to behold that sometimes I don't know where to look.

Mike has taken me to all the finest establishments in Midtown and beyond; I am sure I caught at least three new strains of staph.  We went to a bar with drinks so strong I couldn't drink it all.  That was a virgin experience.  The (in)famous Swinging Richard's is the start to tonight's mangenda and then we're going to try to get into the black only bar.

Good start to my Southern adventure.  Glad to be out of Florida, ready to head home tomorrow.

Happy boozing!

Shaun

Shaun H. Coley
Shadwell, Tower Hamlets
London, UK

http://www.nocirc.org
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Tuesday, July 07, 2009

[The Life of Shaun #353] Manhattan Memoir

As I am sitting here on the sofa, victor in the last round of the air-conditioning war, looking out across the low-slung expanse of Miami, I cannot grasp how I have only been away from New York for three days.  Time really ekes on in this city.

I had a great time in New York.  It was a tame trip, as far as these things go.  Part of it was jet lag, but part of it was also that I was going in a different frame of mind than my past returns to the city.  I've been missing New York and my friends a lot more lately, and thoughts of moving back have been creeping to the frontal lobe, so I was sort of more looking for a "litmus test" regular week back rather than a blow-out.

A part of me thought I might fall into ecstatic regret for ever having left and falling into depression that I wasn't living there now, but that didn't happen.  I miss it, miss my friends there, and it was amazing and comfortable and felt so natural to be there.  But though I was sad to leave in a specific sense, I was OK with it generally.  I'm not ready to give London up yet.  I also know what it takes to get established in New York, and having lost my apartment there and working in finance, that is not something I'd think about trying right now.  But I know going back is a certainty, so I guess I can paraphrase St. Augustine and just say "New York, make me poor, but not yet."

Coming to Miami after New York was a stroke of genius mental-health-wise, though.  I love my extended family here, and they love living here, bless them, but I am certainly looking forward to getting back to the Big Smoke after a few days here.

And.  There.  Are.  Three.  More.  To.  Go.

This weekend I am going to Atlanta for the first time where I will be entrusting my liver and virtue to Mike McGirr.  Perfect prelude to a long overnight flight back to the Old World.

Melting,
Shaun

Shaun H. Coley
Shadwell, Tower Hamlets
London, UK

http://www.nocirc.org
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Saturday, July 04, 2009

[The Life of Shaun #352] Bienvenido a Miami

Hey all,

Just a note to let you know I've made it to Miami in one piece (physically, at least; mentally less so).  Missing New York already, I can't believe how quickly the week went.

Off to Northern South Florida tomorrow to see Natasha and her family for two nights.  Hope all the Yanks have a good Fourth of July!

Cheers,
Shaun

Shaun H. Coley
Shadwell, Tower Hamlets
London, UK

http://www.nocirc.org
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