Braving the Wilds

Field Notes from the Suburban Jungle

The Most Astounding Fact About the Universe

Little Light Pollution in Suburbia Make For Easy Viewing of Your Atoms’ Ancestors

There seem to be many signs of intelligent life here.

My personal observations from The New World, also known as Montclair, New Jersey:  it is less populated, slightly less gritty and considerably roomier than Metropolis.  Some recognizable organisms: canine, feline, rodent.  There are carpets of green lawns in front of rows of all types of housing stock.  Considerably less pavement noted.  Its indigenous people: disappointingly less eccentric, but refreshing gentleman dressed in Revolutionary War era garb seen walking the streets.  Many non-native invasive species, a migrating trove of homo sapiens who seem to mainly travel en famille.  Blue ribbons of high school graduating seniors and real estate signs decorate many of aforementioned front lawns, suggesting a quick exit after utilizing excellent public schools.  Upon closer scrutiny, realize that most of the population of Park Slope, Brooklyn have transplanted here.  If they’re not from Brooklyn, they are writers for The New York Times.  Have been told by many that the average time of complete acclimation runs from about 6 months to “it hasn’t happened yet.”  Homo sapiens seem more apt to casual conversation and most seem just as bright as any New Yorker, or Parisian.

The New World will now be known as home.  Family unit well installed, as they would be anywhere.