If you couldn’t live here, where would you live?

 Dear internet,


There was some kind of starvation experiment during world war ii. The researchers discovered if you starve people, they do nothing but talk incessantly about food.*

On our social distancing walks we discuss cities we’d like to visit.

In the US, if you couldn’t live in DC or New York, where would you live?

I said Seattle or San Francisco, but Babbo said he wouldn’t live anywhere grey and cold again. Fair enough. It snowed today in the city where we used to live. Yes, it’s April 15.

“But if you go too far south, it’s alligator weather,” I said.

We walked along.

“Philadelphia. Philadelphia looks nice,” he said finally.

Philadelphia. We live only one hundred fifty miles away but we’ve never been. Things you think about when you’re stuck and can’t go anywhere.


* This must explain partly how online messageboards dedicated to women always devolve into discussions about food and calories. If I have to read another posting about how “a cup of plain greek yogurt mixed with flax and twigs keeps me full until lunch!” I think I might hurl.