We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
From a choice of offers, the lad has accepted a new interesting "opportunity" (as jobs are termed, these days) in NYC.
Now I will have two kids working there, plus one beloved daughter-in-law. It's all good.
I tend to think that all ambitious young folks need to do some time in the Big City, whatever their field, if only to find out what high energy and high demands and sharp elbows really mean. I did, and it didn't hurt me none. Well, maybe a few narcissistic scars, but that's good for one's character. If you haven't been introduced to your flaws, weaknesses, and deficiencies yet, NY will happily introduce you to them - and tax the heck out of you for the privilege. I think it's worth it. At least for a while.
Pic is Manhattan from the Whitestone Bridge at dawn, on my way to some airport
When I was in the Navy in the late 1960s, I spent some time at Naval Station Brooklyn, now closed. After being on a destroyer it was like being sent on vacation. I enjoyed it even though we didn't dare wear our uniforms into town lest we be assualted by a peace protester. I heartily recommend a stay in NY.
Great observation on the Big City. Since leaving the Navy in 1990, I went from Boston to NYC to DC where I now reside. I heartily agree with your analysis, and it certainly sharpens the skills while dulling the emotions - a healthy mix in high stakes business. DC is now a walk in the park compared to NY, but the nearby farm living and quick access to cultural activities are the perfect mix for my family. I'll send my kids to NY as quickly as I would support their desire to serve in the military - both very stimulating and worthwhile life experiences.
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I heartily agree, as well. Growing up in Ohio I had no interest in living in NYC but the best available opportunity forced me to move there. Best thing that ever happened to me, and to my own children (now graduating from college) I tell them emphatically to go live a big city- preferably NYC- first. It's the very best life experience you can have at the age, in my opinion.