Jaana, that's one of the things that always got me about Michelle's Lori Nichol programs. There were little moments all the way through with hand movements and unusual steps that so brought out the music. For example, at the start of "Lyra Angelica," she does three quick steps backward. (You can't see it as well in the Nationals tape, because the camera's on her face, but there are European broadcasts of Worlds that show it.) I continued to love Michelle throughout her career, of course, but I found her later programs a bit emptier and more predictable. Interestingly, most of Lori's non-Michelle programs were also a bit emptier, and generally they used less interesting music. Those two ladies brought out the best in each other, the way Lennon and McCartney did in music, or Burt Bacharach and lyricist Hal David.
Seniorita, welcome! I'm so glad you're enjoying yourself, and that New Yorkers have impressed you with their politeness. Actually, I have read several reports saying that New Yorkers are surprisingly polite. For one thing, they're used to welcoming people from all over the world. I think it's because, unlike Los Angeles, people in East Coast cities tend to use mass transit. They have to get along; they're not protected in their little car kingdoms. Anyway, whatever the reason, I'm happy that you're loving the place so much.
It has always been my experience that New Yorkers are polite to Intl tourists/travelers as opposed to each other or especially American tourists.
I spent years entertaining foreign business travelers in NYC and typically their reactions were similar to senioritas.
Not as much when the "Bob and Betty" from the Mid-West came to New York. I used to hear complaint after complaint, my favorite being "we just made it down to the platform and do you think the damned subway train waited for us?
When Bob would complain and say that would never happen in Ames, Iowa I would politely respond with "I didn't know they had a subway in Ames."
He would say, "well you know what I mean."
He was right and I did know what he meant but since he was a client he was spared my famous sarcasm
Think of it this way, "you can take the boy out of Iowa but you can never take the Iowa out of the boy."
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I still think of myself as a New Yorker although I now live across the Hudson. I think New Yorkers are so used to struggling with the complexities of mass transit (especially bad subway signage) and fast-moving crowds that we have compassion for visitors who are trying to deal with the city for the first time. Many if not most New Yorkers were born somewhere else and remember how hard it was at first. Anyway, we love to give directions to lost-looking strangers! Welcome, Seniorita! Have a great visit!
This may seem like bias and it probably is but legal wealthy immigrants are complaining about the Americans before their first class jet even lands.
I think that the denser the population, the more rude you have to be. In a dense population you must be prepared to hold your own and push back, or you will be pushed aside.
Out in the countryside, where your nearest neighbor is five miles away, you are actually pleased, rather than annoyed, to encounter other people.
Welcome to the USA seniorita! Are you staying in NYC the whole time, or are you planning to travel around? If so, where?
Hey, I dont know many people in Europe who would see you with a map and offer help without you asking it, it is amazing!
It took me a while to learn the tipping rules and do the maths, but now it is ok!
And Taxis are very cheap contrary to European big capitals!
I have only good things to say for Ny, only drawback, I cant adjust to time difference and sleep. :sheesh:
I've actually had a fond memory for London. Twice when our party were standing at the bus stop and the side of a subway, having trouble figuring out which route we should take, strangers came up and offered help. Gave us a lot of tips on how to find the places we want to see and the knowledge of the transportation. Once a guy even gave us a coffee shop coupon he had for where we were planning to visit (Obviously the coupon was kept for himself. But he gave it to us).
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next time you come to the US, Seniorita, come to Alaska! We'll climb tall mountains and call up some Moose and go out on the ocean and rivers... and play with sled dog puppies!