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Rob Jenkinson's Letters from America #7
by Rob Jenkinson
2006-10-19 10:15:00
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Hello there, dear readers. Let me preference this letter by saying that it's 7pm in the evening in New York and I landed here six hours ago.

"NEW YORK?!" I hear you all cry," But you live in Chicago..." you continue. Yes, you're right, thanks for letting me know that you've all been reading every week.

Well, my friends, I have some great news: I have a job! One that I like, as well. All is good in Robland, except for a few minor details:

1. Marie, my wife, is staying in Chicago whilst I test drive New York.

2. I don't know where the fuck I am.

3. I have to share accommodation for the first time in two years.

From what I can tell, my flatmates (or roommates as they call them here) are very nice, despite me thinking the worst of them that they were going to either:

A. Rip me off.

B. Kill me.

C. Rip me off and then kill me.

See the thing is, like most men, I don't like spending the money. Which money? Answer: Any money. I hate it. I want to keep it all until I die and then be buried with it in a diamond encrusted gold coffin. Anyway, so when it came to coughing up for rent, I felt uneasy because of the fact that I hadn't seen the flat, hadn't met my "roommates" and had to pay before I got there.

So, as you can imagine, I was pretty anxious when I landed at JFK and the girl who was supposed to be meeting me wasn't there. After much panic, it'd turned out that her phone had been switched off and that she had lost my phone number. She was there all along and all is good... so far.

So I landed today and I start my job tomorrow morning. Pretty crazy eh?

Wish me luck.

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Sand2006-10-18 10:48:25
As a native New Yorker I wonder if there is any way I can help. I've been away for a few years but still...

Mike Jennett2006-10-18 16:47:36
Don't know what part of NY you're in, but you might like to check out the Tavern on Jane, Hudson St/ 8Th Ave. I spent many a pleasant evening there 1995-98.

Mike Jennett2006-10-18 16:49:21
Drop me a line if you have time - mike.jennett@gmail.com.
I'm an ex Brit, lived in USA for eons and spent many years in and around NY. Now in Baltimore.

Tony Butcher2006-10-19 20:33:49
Good luck with your job mate, i hope all is well. Please make sure you let us know if you're back in blighty.

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