Last week an 18-year-old freshman at Columbia University committed suicide by putting a bag over his head. This week, two women, one 44 and the other 66, jumped to their deaths from the city's high buildings. Here is the reporting in the New York Daily News.
And every week youth, the extremely talented and the wealthy come to Manhattan to re-start their lives and careers. The hope is over-the-top.
Trying out life in that city has almost become a rite of passage, just like the Grand Tour had been for European aristocrats in a more innocent era.
In the mid 1990s I purchased a coop on the Upper East Side. I assumed it would be an experience like the Jeffersons' Movin' On Up. Instead it was total ego deflation, much like the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.
This is my first holiday season away from that force field. Here in the Southwest, the pull toward and away from is set in play by California.