Now that I've been back in New York for a few days I've had time to think about our trip/time away.
The number one thing is, I STILL HATE WORK. I hate being at a desk all day, I hate the corporate/office atmosphere. I hate that everything's a process, I hate business casual. As far as corporate goes, my office is very lax. Which I am very thankful for. But at the end of the day I am still a gopher at a desk.
The other big thing: NEW YORK IS STILL TOO FUCKING CROWDED! I love love love this city. I love the diversity, all the restaurants, the art, the museums, all the fun things to see and do. But the people - I have never encountered so many self-centered, rude, obnoxious, (did I say rude) people in one place before. Simple things like "please" and "thank you" don't seem to be in their repertoire. Loud headphones, pushing and shoving up and down stairs and in subways, not giving up seats for the elderly/disabled/etc, spitting, littering, farting and burping - these are all fairly common. And I HATE it.
People move to New York to find themselves or whatever but in the end they all wind up douchebags. "I heard it/ate there/saw it/went there first." I try not to get caught up in it but it's hard.
Austin is by no means anywhere I would want to live - ever or in the near future - but being in a place where people take the time to look you in the eye and smile as they serve you was kind of refreshing. And it made me realize what an asshole I'm becoming.