On December 31, the New York Times was kind enough to publish a little item from me in the Monday "Metropolitan Diary" column. Mine was the last item of that day.
My sister, who lives in London, and I agree that it's amazing that these two cities work as well as they do. When I start complaining, usually to myself alone, about this or that inconvenience of urban living, I remind myself that if you want to live in the Big City and enjoy all that it has to offer, you have to put up with this or that little (or sometimes big) annoyance. Rather Pollyanna-ish, but it works for me!
A friend who also had an item published recently tells me that eventually I will receive a soup mug with "New York Times—Metropolitan Diary" printed on it. I'm not holding my breath, but if and when it arrives, I may start eating soup.