50 reasons to be glad you're not anywhere but here

Just read this adorable Village Voice blog posting about why we should all thank our stars to be here and not anywhere else in this country. Here it is if all of your Facebook friends haven't posted it a million times already!

http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2010/11/50_reasons_to_b.php

(Reading the comments posted by a lot of angry readers kind of made me wonder who is reading the Village Voice these days, however...)
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uptowngirl Nov 04, 2010
@BroadwayBK what a brilliant brilliant posting.. feel sorry for all those NYC haters though... question is why are they even reading the Village Voice post then.
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hhusted Nov 04, 2010
I don't read the Village Voice so I am not sure about the article. Someone told me it was written by amateurs. I do not know that to be a true hard fact, but I do know when I read it 5 years ago, it printed mainly trash. Has it changed over the years? Is it better now? I don't have time to read it considering my hectic schedule.
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NeverSleeps Nov 05, 2010
@hhusted Someone told you the Voice was written by amateurs, or that the article in question was written by amateurs? You are always citing mysterious sources....

@BroadwayBK Yes, that certainly is an adorable posting.
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Uraniumfish Nov 06, 2010
Sooo cute!
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hhusted Nov 06, 2010
@Neversleeps: I read a blog online sometime ago, maybe a year or two ago, can't recall the time, and the guy was critiquing newspapers in Manhattan. I briefly read it, but from what I remember, he gave the Village Voice a thumbs down. If I can find it again, I'll pass it on.
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uptowngirl Nov 07, 2010
I love reading the Village Voice, the L magazine, Metro, AM all the NYC free press!
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Uraniumfish Nov 10, 2010
The Village Voice is iconic! Back in Florida high school hell, we would read the VV and plot our escape to bigger and better things...
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hhusted Nov 10, 2010
@Everybody: I talked to a friend of mine, who is a freelance journalist. He sells a number of stories to the Village Voice. I told him about the article BroadwayBK had posted. He laughed about it and said the writer, Jen Doll, is a freelance writer, who writes for "Running Scared" and a number of online publications in other states. Most of the reasons she wrote that article was to see what kind of responses she would get and for laughs. She definitely got a lot of responses.
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uptowngirl Nov 10, 2010
@hhusted well the responses on this forum have definitely been positive. I wouldn't laugh at New York City , I am thankful I live there. Before we moved to Hong Kong, my husband had other offers from companies in Colorado and Charlotte North Carolina. He was up for the move but I have no qualms in admitting that I fought him tooth and nail and said that I would stay back in NYC while he could move .. NYC is a world city with a diverse population that's the kind of city I am most comfortable in I would be a fish out of water elsewhere.
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hhusted Nov 11, 2010
@Uptowngirl: I love Colorado and North Carolina. I have friends there. But you know what, you are only comfortable in an environment in which you came from or grew up in. For you, NYC is more comfortable for you because of the life you came from in India. So it suits you more. This is why some people love it and some hate it.
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ajadedidealist Nov 11, 2010
Did you guys read the excellent NY Times article on New York's phenomenal culture this week. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/08/opinion/08judt.html. I found it very moving and insightful.
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uptowngirl Nov 12, 2010
@ajadedidealist fabulous piece ! it echoes exactly what I feel. To give you an example a couple of weeks ago was the Indian festival of lights -Diwali. In NYC I used to feel terribly homesick on this day but then I used to go to Jackson Heights which is always gaily decorated for the fest and has all the hustle and bustle of sweet vendors et al like back home and I would feel happy. Here I am now in Hong Kong which is much closer to India in terms of distance and which does have a sizable Indian community but no ethnic enclave like Jackson Heights and no real Diwali feel. So this year I felt even more disconnected than ever while I missed both NYC and Mumbai terribly.
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