Recently moved back to philly - via NYC and Chicago - for the first time since high school to start up a professor gig in one of those towers ... not quite sure what to expect, but i do know I'll be closer to my favorite chinese restaurant - the one i grew up eating at on sunday evenings.
Make it back to NYC as often as I am able (this amounts to about 2/month), largely to spend time w/ my new nephew (pictures upon request!).
Aside from teaching grad students and writing on education policy issues, I weekly read the New Yorker, stream WFUV out of NYC, play in as many soccer leagues as time (and injury) permits, stroll through the record store looking for coltrane, nina, louis and others on vinyl, and search for a decent-fitting shirt. I recently began taking weekly piano lessons... so that, one day soon, I can play some jazz standards to my very new nephew.
At some point i had some elaborate metaphor for a great relationship...havin g just returned from jazz fest in New Orleans, it's simply the moments listening to music streetside after dinner in the middle of the evening with someone who i can smile and laugh with that is what I'm looking for... i think specificity works much better.