Back in Billyburg

Ahhh… the refreshing scent of city life.

The sweet and noxious blend of exhaust, falafel and Polo for Men that winds through the streets of Manhattan like a God’s breathe in the morning. I’m back. 

I’ve actually been back for nearly three weeks, but four days after my return, I was whisked off to the clammy Neighbor to the North, spending just over a week in sunny, spectacular and astoundingly gay Montreal. I was there for the National Lesbian and Gay Journalism Association Convention where I was a member of the NLGJA student project, an intrepid team of eight student journalists from across the States. Our charge was to build and provide content for the NLGJA Convention website, writing stories, shooting video and capturing audi for a multimedia extravaganza of LGBT-oriented journalism. 

While, I interviewed Canadian gays in the “gayborhood” around St. Catherine Street, wrote an short piece about Canadian Health Care for the LGBT community, and I also produced a podcast on an all male, nude yoga class.

Oh, I made a lot of friends. Did a lot of time. I stole the T.V…

Now I’m back in school. The faces are different, the work week is more chaotic and few friendly faces did not return for the final semester. Scheduling conflicts have obliterated any chances of getting my old work/study job back, but that frees me up to spend LOTS more time outside of Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. Perhaps I’ll be a waiter, a secretary or maybe even a chartreuse.  

I’m sad that my waffle slinging couldn’t move across state lines:(

While I missed New York this summer, I was very industrious during my midwestern travels. I published my first feature story in Cincinnati Magazine, I recently finished my a 2,000 word article on the Great Cincinnati Atheist community, and I’m currently putting together an audio piece for WVXU, the NPR affiliate in Cincinnati, on the Jean-Francios Flechet at Findlay Market’s Taste from Belgium.

But now that I’m back in New York, I’m steadily getting busier and busier, overflowing with ideas, many of them too outlandish to mention.

So stay tuned.

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One response to “Back in Billyburg

  1. Yoga, so good for you! Good to know, keep sharing

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