long island vs the hamptons

13 . June . 2013

Dear Diary:

Cast: Three high schoolers and me, sitting across from them on the crosstown bus.

Time: 3:30 p.m. A Friday.

High schooler No. 1, in the middle of a conversation about the
coming weekend and their respective country houses:
“I always feel like a stupid rich kid saying we have a place in the Hamptons, you know?”

No. 2. “I never say ‘the Hamptons.’ I just say we go to Long Island.
‘The Hamptons’ sounds, you know…”

No. 3. “I LOVE saying ‘the Hamptons’!
That way people don’t think we’re so rich.
Only renters say ‘the Hamptons.’”

– susan turner pohlmann in the nytimes

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keep on walking

13 . June . 2013

Flashing lights emergency,
Police cars in a row.
Ask what’s going on and hear
That no one seems to know.

Fire engines block the street;
Cars have been diverted.
Soon the press trucks will appear,
Once they have been alerted.

Just another New York day,
Though tourists stand there gawking;
Natives give a glance and then
We shrug and keep on walking.

– ilene bauer in the nytimes