What is your Most Livable Life?

In Search of the Most Livable City in America

by

Dara Bonomo

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                                                                                                            Florida, Oct. 2003

            “The steepest waterfall in America is…where?”

            This is me, asking David a few questions posed from a USA Today article about  record-breaking places to see in the U.S.

            He pinches his lips together, and thinks – hard and painful.

            Ho-hum.

            “That would have to be… somewhere in …Yosemite. Yes. Yosemite.”

            Beginners’ luck.

            “Correct!” I say anyway.

            “’kay…the longest cave,” I challenge, the article splayed before me.

            “Hmmm…that would have to be…Kentucky. Yeah, Kentucky, for sure.”

            Oh, jeez.

            “Correct!” I say. I know he hasn’t read this article yet. I snatched it out of the paper right after I bought it.

            “Biggest barrier reef!”

            “John Pennekamp Park, or whatever it is, down in the Keys,” he says. Like, “duh.”

            “The Florida Keys. ‘kay. We’ll give you that one, “ I say, eyeing him out of the corner of my eye. He looks wounded, but oddly, raring to go another round.

            “O-KAYYY. World’s longest natural arch,” I challenge. This is so easy when you are holding the answers right in your hands, I think, as he blurts, “Utah!”

            “Ack!” I say. “Deepest lake!”

            “Oregon, it’d have to be. Pacific Northwest. Thousand or two feet. S’ gotta be.”

Aw, Jeeeeeez.

            “Think if ah poke ‘im, Pa, wit dis here pitch fork, green blood’ll come out?” I say, in my best hillbilly voice.

            I look over at David.

            “Are you a Philbin or what? You are FREAKISHLY smart when it comes to geography.  You and Reege, man.”

            He is beaming.

            I realize his Most Livable City is neither here nor there; it is where he is thought of as Smart. With a Big S.

What is YOUR Most Livable life???

Florida, Oct. 2003

            “The steepest waterfall in America is…where?”

            This is me, asking David a few questions posed from a USA Today article about  record-breaking places to see in the U.S.

            He pinches his lips together, and thinks – hard and painful.

            Ho-hum.

            “That would have to be… somewhere in …Yosemite. Yes. Yosemite.”

            Beginners’ luck.

            “Correct!” I say anyway.

            “’kay…the longest cave,” I challenge, the article splayed before me.

            “Hmmm…that would have to be…Kentucky. Yeah, Kentucky, for sure.”

            Oh, jeez.

            “Correct!” I say. I know he hasn’t read this article yet. I snatched it out of the paper right after I bought it.

            “Biggest barrier reef!”

            “John Pennekamp Park, or whatever it is, down in the Keys,” he says. Like, “duh.”

            “The Florida Keys. ‘kay. We’ll give you that one, “ I say, eyeing him out of the corner of my eye. He looks wounded, but oddly, raring to go another round.

            “O-KAYYY. World’s longest natural arch,” I challenge. This is so easy when you are holding the answers right in your hands, I think, as he blurts, “Utah!”

            “Ack!” I say. “Deepest lake!”

            “Oregon, it’d have to be. Pacific Northwest. Thousand or two feet. S’ gotta be.”

Aw, Jeeeeeez.

            “Think if ah poke ‘im, Pa, wit dis here pitch fork, green blood’ll come out?” I say, in my best hillbilly voice.

            I look over at David.

            “Are you a Philbin or what? You are FREAKISHLY smart when it comes to geography.  You and Reege, man.”

            He is beaming.

            I realize his Most Livable City is neither here nor there; it is where he is thought of as Smart. With a Big S.

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