I’ve been longing for a bit more connection to new jersey these days. It’s where I grew up, where I lived for most of my life, and where I developed a good amount of my politics. It’s also where I returned to, after undergrad and grad school in Pennsylvania and New York City, to complete my medical school education. I ended up living in the Newark area for 5 years and felt somewhat connected to the city. The city politics, the environmental justice movement, the youth-based hiphop movement, and the history behind the city are all pieces that I still feel connected to, despite my move 3,000 miles away.
There is NOTHING that I regret about moving to Los Angeles — I absolutely love this city and am SO glad I decided to move across the country. The culture, the arts, the close proximity to city/mountains/beach/desert is unparalleled. The grittiness of the city and its various grungy to uber chic neighborhoods, is a fascinating daily study in urban-ness. And where I live — I’m less than 15 minutes away from most cool things, just a few minutes from the beach and mountains, and live on a beautiful tree-lined street with cute houses and apartments with the luxury of a freeway just blocks away (for driving convenience) and entertainment down the block (for walking convenience!) And the weather, boy the weather. Today I left work in my scrubs (which have a short-sleeve top) and a t-shirt underneath, and the weather was so pleasant. I could ride a bike anytime of the year. I can explore the outdoors anytime of the year. It’s out of control! I’m so acclimatized to the weather it’s not even funny. Meanwhile back at the ranch — the Star Ledger today reports:
NJ Weather — Frigid today
Bundle up today and dont’ forget the hat. It’s going to be mostly sunny with a high only of 27. The wind chill will make it feel between -3 and 7.
Partly cloudy tonight with a low of 24.
Tomorrow, there’s a chance of snow showers before 11 a.m., then a chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47.
Rain likely tomorrow night.
Yikes! A wind chill! holy moly…
Back to the story. I think you can be in love with two cities at the same time, I really do. And that’s what it is, I’m in love with Los Angeles, and oddly enough, I’m in love with Newark, NJ. LA, I’m sure you understand. Polyamory is a wonderful thing, innit?
I’ve been keeping up on NJ news while i’m settled in LA — partly out of sheer curiousity, i mean Newark had a mayoral race last year that won national attention and the attention of a documentary, and we have a new mayor after 16 years of a corrupt incumbent who claimed both the Mayor’s seat and a state senate seat. And more interesting news — the tax-funded state medical school and public hospital in Newark where I trained for several years was involved in various imbroglios over money, resources, and whether or not it was delivering appropriate care to the neighboring community or whether it was more interested in gathering up more private insurance paying patients. Who wouldn’t want to keep up with the Newark news?
I have no idea where i’ll be in 5 or in 10 years, but frankly, Newark isn’t out of the picture. That being said, and given the intensely interesting news coming out of the city and the state, I’m hoping to post a bit about Newark on this blog. A bit seemingly out of place, given the name of the blog is Los Anjalis, but i’m feelin’ the love for both the city of angels and the city of newark.
Today’s New Jersey news is quite interesting:
As a new law creating civil unions took effect in New Jersey just after midnight, same-sex couples in a few towns raced to be first to form one and secure the benefits of marriage by another name.
An historic day, of course. Did you have any idea that the following states and countries all had something in common?
All of the following will be recognized in New Jersey as civil unions: same-sex marriages performed in Massachusetts, Canada, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain or South Africa; civil unions from Connecticut or Vermont, California domestic partnerships and civil partnerships from Great Britain, Iceland, New Zealand and Sweden.
What a mish mosh of places! bizarre…
So anyway, i’ll be blogging here and there, mostly about Newark, NJ but also some “greater New Jersey” as I like to call the NYC/NJ/Philly area :> Because we all know, life is only so good without De La Soul, Africa Bambaata, Naughty by Nature, Lauren Hill, A Tribe Called Quest, or the Wu Tang Clan representin’ the other coast…