Today - on my second day in Boise - I visited my former professor and mentor, one of the loveliest people I know. I had not spoken to her in almost a year, so I proudly regaled her with details of my fabulous life of 2012. She was not impressed. I was disappointed by her indifference, which in turn made me realize that I'm sort of a dick.
Priorities are different in Boise, Idaho.
I am not technically an asshole. I vote, I recycle, I care about the less fortunate and the people in my life - and I try to be fair to them. I am after all on sabbatical to do something fulfilling and useful for the universe. But I still felt like a dick. Because, I noticed as I was speaking that I was proud of my frivolous lifestyle, and I am currently nothing more than a cliche Manhattan snob. I am a dick.