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NEW YORK – It didn't take but about 20 minutes from the time I left LaGuardia Airport to realize that I wanted to stay here for ever. Being a New Yorker, I have come to love the South, its weather, its friendliness and, most importantly, its women.

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MARCH 26, 2007- It didn't take but about 20 minutes from the time I left LaGuardia Airport to realize that I wanted to stay here for ever. Being a New Yorker, I have come to love the South, its weather, its friendliness and, most importantly, its women. But just returning to the greatest city in the world makes me realize just how much Anderson, S.C., is nothing more than an infected pimple in a place you'd rather not talk about. The culture, restaurants, fashion, shops, attitude and sports are incomparable.

In New York, I can eat at any one of a thousand, authentic, Italian restaurants. In Anderson, I can wait for close to an hour just to get a table at Olive Garden or Capri's. Ugh!

However, other than the weather, the one thing New York can't compare to Anderson and the South in general is the cost of living. It's absolutely insane to pay $8 for a gin and tonic that has much more tonic than the measly shot of gin given. A bottle of Miller Lite can be yours for the low, low price of $6.

One thing that is constantly said by those outside of New York is that it is an unfriendly place and that the people are snooty. Well, the second part may be somewhat right. It just depends on what burrough you visit. In Manhattan, snooty is a way of life.

However, the people in NYC are generally OK. They will help a stranger out with directions if asked and they will say "Excuse me," or "Sorry," when they bump into you. There are 10 million people here. Bumping into someone is going to happen on a regular basis.

Even Sam Perry, who is from the sticks of Piedmont, S.C., said even though it's loud, smells and the traffic is bad, he loves it here. This is the first time he's ever been to New York and he said he could live here. And he's not alone.

There's a reason why so many people from all over the world come here. And this is where I ultimately want to be.

Odds and ends
I went to go pick up my press credential at Madison Square Garden early Monday and while I was waiting, the band Snow Patrol came through the door. They have the hit song, "Chasing Cars." They are performing in the theatre part of MSG and I jokingly said to the guard, "Oh, I need to get a pass or something to see them." The next thing you know, he gives me a pass to anywhere in the vast palace that is MSG. Doubt that I will go, though. There's just way too much other stuff to do. …

I met this attractive 20-something female from Israel on the 90 minute plane ride from Atlanta to NYC. She is originally from Russia, but moved to Israel when she was 7. She is an industrial engineer, who is visiting some friends and relatives in NYC. We exchanged phone numbers and kissed each other on the cheek. I'm supposed to meet up with her sometime this week. But, again, doubt that I will. …

No surprise here, but the Anderson Independent-Mail's Greg Wallace again got lost trying to find his way to the press conference. The trip's not complete until Wallace gets lost. It happens every time he leaves the sanctuary of Anderson County.

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