First was a week in New York, which is always a bit of a blur. I do love NYC but it is a city that moves at a ridiculous pace. It is largely why New Yorkers are the resilient , slightly cranky people that they are. New York is an argument. If you want to live there, the city is going to fight you most every step of the way. I forget who it was who once wrote that every person should live in both New York City and San Francisco once in their life. But not stay in NY so long as to become hardened by the experience, or in SF long enough to become soft.
Then after that all too short visit back to SF, it was on to Los Angeles where I spent all of last week. I will confess, LA has grown on me. I still could never ever see myself living there. But I find I enjoy visiting there far more then I have in previous years. I think, as with most cities, the more you get to know it, the more comfortable you feel. There was very little free time, but I did manage to get down to Manhattan beach and dip my toes into the Pacific Ocean. Then after some required shopping at Walgreens to pick up the various odds and ends I can't get in the UK, I headed back to LAX and flew home.
While in New York, I was walking down Broadway with one my co-workers who had accompanied me on this trip. We were discussing the pending Supreme Court ruling on Health Care. I remarked that the United States still didn't have a NHS "like we do at home". My colleague looked at me in amusement and pointed out that was the fist time he had heard me refer to London as "home". He was correct, during my previous business trip to the US, back in January, I still spoke of how nice it was to spend sometime visiting "home", meaning California .
As the rhetorical battle over equal rights for LGBT Americans plays out over the coming months of the U.S. Presidential election campaign, those of us who live in DOMA-Exile will watch from across oceans and borders and continue to hope for the day that all American couples are treated equally by our own country.
Happy Fourth of July everyone...