The one thing that has remained constant, though, is my love of New York City, and the wonderful things I see as I wander around.
So last night, when a friend said, "Why darling, you're a flâneur!" and explained what it was...a lot about myself and the various ways I like to pass my time suddenly became sparklingly clear.
A chalet on Fulton St.?He had been reminded of the term when reading Sunday's New York Times op-ed about "The Death of the Cyberflâneur." He said me I was proof, actually, that flâneurs still exist, in spite of what the writer posits in his essay. And when I thought about it...yes, I am indeed a type of flâneur.
In the original sense, flâneurs were people who wandered the streets of Paris, gazing at the sights, the people, and taking in everything else that was wonderful about participating in an urban lifestyle. What's my favorite thing to do? Wander around in a city, taking it all in.
In the cyber sense, I am the same. I often pass the time (or probably more accurately, procrastinate), by surfing the web and reveling in the many weird and wonderful things I discover. It, to me, is what makes cyberglobalization an absolutely wonderful thing.
Who knows what's in store?