Getting from a rural setting of an apple orchard like the one seen here to the city proper is but a quick 20 minute ride. No tolls. No crowded tunnels. No miles of overlapping bridge work. No such morass as gridlock. No endless lines of yellow taxis. No streets clogged with pedestrians. Hey, it's not a nirvana. Yes, there is crime. Yes, certain times of the year and in certain places I will curse traffic jams and the freaky, crowded conditions. For the most part though, it's easy to take. When and if it gets too crazy, I just head back to the country. Rural living certainly has its perks. Now, if we could only get rid of those cursed parking meters! Rid those and you might see me venturing in the city more.