Husband and I watched Julie & Julia last night – I was so excited to received this DVD from My Pretty Pennies as part of the Holiday Swap. I had seen the movie in theaters over the summer, and had enjoyed it, so it was lovely to watch it again at home, away from 3 degree weather (yes you read that right). Since I saw the movie in theaters, I read that Julie Powell said that the movie was a romantic comedy version of her book (of course, now I can’t find the quote) and I find that very accurate. You see, the movie is lovely, but it does not have the not-so-pretty side of Julie Powell’s Julia story, where she deals with frozen pipes, no water, various pest problems, and overcrowded subways. It’s the stuff I call urban grit.
Anyways, but back to urban grit, which is really what I am thinking about today, insofar as it relates to portrayal of a true story and blogging. You see, Julie & Julia touches on urban grit, but very delicately, which makes sense, because that’s not what you want to see in a movie.
This is all relevant to someone whose blog is called City Girl Lifestyle and who likes to blog about pretty and nice and positive things, many of which relate to living in an urban environment. And there are many, many positive things to blog about and I really do believe that a blog is about putting one’s best foot forward. That’s why, if I was not reflecting about urban grit specifically, it would never occur to me to mention things like, there was a dead frozen rat on the sidewalk of Mass Ave, a block east from fancy Dupont Circle, for FIVE days, before finally, someone removed it. Speaking of rats, they are far far worse in Washington, DC than in New York, though sidewalk roaches in summer are pretty horrifying.
And being able to walk everywhere and rely on public transportation is the best thing ever, until temperatures are in the 0 degree neighborhood, at which point you find yourself hiding at home and starting to understand why people insist on having garages that they can step into from the comfort of their own home and why they drive everywhere. You get the idea – mind you, the hot water is running and plentiful in my building, and the heat works, so I am feeling very fortunate, since I had several weeks of icy cold water when I lived in New York.
Enough of the venting, I do have a point, I promise. You see, as much as I try to keep this blog authentic, I prefer to discuss the happier and more interesting topics of city living than the urban grit of every-day life. It is also how I try to live life – while I am not in denial about the bad things, I try to not let them take over. Try being the operative word of course.
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