From October 2011. A month or so before I decided to leave on a mission.
It's a very very interesting time to be in New York City right now, with the protests in my neighborhood and coffee shops writing on their chalkboards "American Exceptionalism: Wanting every best thing but not willing to pay for it."
It's also a really interesting time to be mormon in the city. I will be the first to admit I had some kinks to iron out with how I wanted to approach my religious observance, but lately it's been really really great. I just love the people, they are awesome and there is so much diversity here.