Monday, February 25, 2008

Angry New York City

We made it to New York! We've taken tons of pictures, and my wife, Heather, has already posted several. What an amazing place! So many people; so many angry people!

During our ride from the airport, Pala, our driver, told us that an average one bedroom apartment in Queens ran about $1,800/month! And that didn't include electricity, gas, water, etc. A 2-bedroom in Manhattan is $6,000/month! And automobile insurance is about $6,000/year for 2 cars, and that's a good deal.

"That's why New Yorkers are angry," he said. "We work 16 hours, fight our way home through traffic just in time to go to bed and get up the next day to do it all over again." Pala told me he had been looking at houses on-line in Texas. "$54,000 is a down payment here. There it is the whole house."

My conversation with Pala helped me put my life in perspective a little better. I thank God for the way he has blessed me and my family. We truly have no idea how blessed we are until we see things in the proper perspective.

"Thank you, Father, for your great blessings in my life!"

- Todd

P.S. - Heather will probably have more time to post than I will (because of class), so check her blog for more regular updates.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I take issue with Mr. Taxi-Driver. I would not characterize New York as an angry city; however, I would say that the taxi-driving maniacs of the city tend to be angry and car-horn-happy maniacs. Anyways, I hope you guys enjoy your time in the city that is so nice that they named it twice.