Merry Christmas and Happy New York

Kirjoittaja on New Yorkissa varttunut ja Helsingissä naisistunut copywriter.

Dear Mom,

OMG, I have great news! Remember Allison, the girl who sold me my MacBook Pro at the Apple Store in New York?  She just got engaged!!!! I’m so happy for her! Let me tell you, she had to date A LOT of assholes before finding this guy.

So, I happened to by having coffee with one of my friends when I heard Allison’s news and she looked at me like I was crazy when I told her about it. “Why is the salesperson from the Apple Store in New York telling you about her love life?” Because we’re friends. Friends who just happened to meet over a retail transaction.

That’s one thing I really do miss about living in New York. People always say New Yorkers are rude, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Every time you walk out your door, there are literally millions of friendships just waiting to happen. Like the woman I met in a dressing room in Bloomingdale’s when I asked her if my ass looked big in the jeans I was trying on. Unfortunately, my ass did look big, but we’ve been Facebook friends ever since.

Here in Helsinki, people think I’m crazy because I know all the people at my supermarket and regular coffee place by name. Isn’t it crazy to NOT say hi to someone you see everyday?

And it’s not just people you don’t know. The other week, for some “crazy” reason I decided to say “Good morning, everyone!” to my colleagues when I came into the office. Two answered. One asked “Where did that come from?” and the other wanted to know if I’d been drinking.

I just smiled and sat down. Because a New Yorker is never rude.

Love, Lissu