Bye, New York City. Hello, world.
On Sunday, May 1, 2016, after almost six wonderful years in New York City, we packed up our rental car and drove away, uncertain if we’ll return as residents.
In that time, Charley and I built a home together, settling comfortably into a beautiful newly-constructed apartment in the hot neighborhood of Long Island City, and even got married on the rooftop, after almost a decade of wonderful years together. I lost my first pet, learning all of the lessons that go with grief and the joy of knowing I provided him a great life. Charley found his professional calling as the Director of Operations for a startup devoted to LGBT consulting, and I spent my time commuting on the Metro North Railroad to a fantastic job in Greenwich, Connecticut that I loved and hope is still waiting for me on our return.
Our time in New York was filled with amazing friends too numerous to mention here, dining experiences nearly unparalleled in the world, and seeing almost seventy Broadway shows together. We became proud members of the New York City Master Chorale, and it was a beautiful capstone to our time to perform Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Orff’s Carmina Burana on April 30 with our beloved choir, in the beautiful Alice Tully Hall of Lincoln Center.
Now we are visiting family in Pennsylvania before joining the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington as guests in their performance of the Carmina Burana on May 8. Afterwards, we’ll head to Boston for a one day visit with some of our longest and dearest friends before finally starting our Draft Itinerary travels in Ireland next week. I can’t wait!