Nik to Bruno: No, you suck
As it turns out, Bruno, Googling "NYC sux," "New York City sucks" and a few other reasonable permutations of the sentiment you express `"Letters," Dec. 29` yields a very similar number of results to "O-Town sux" and other parallel variants (somewhat less than 5,000 for each city). More notably, though, when one really cements the expression in its simplest terms and Googles, "I Hate New York," one finds an overwhelming list of more than 10,000 entries, nine times as many as for Orlando.
But that's not really the point. Nor is it central to my purpose here to point out that, contrary to your proclamation that New York City is the "capital of the world," and contrary to the beliefs of a certain faction of neoconservatives in this country, the world does not as yet have a single central government, and if it did, Hong Kong would be a much more reasonable choice for its seat than New York.
Orlando is not New York. Nor should it be. While your Internet search for "culture" in Orlando must have been far from exhaustive, having omitted such offerings as the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum in Winter Park (with the world's most comprehensive collection of Tiffany glass, various pieces of which are on loan to the Met at any given moment) and the newly refurbished and expanded Cornell Museum at Rollins College (yes, those Cornells), Orlando is not famous for its art museums, nor for its theater. Fortunately, visual art and theater are by no means the be-all, end-all of culture.culture.
Sometimes I enjoy an evening immersed in the fine arts. While Orlando does have a noteworthy ballet company, Philharmonic orchestra, opera, Broadway repertory theater and other staples of urban culture, I will readily admit that no city on this continent boasts a more prolific collection of fine arts offerings (some of which even showcase noteworthy talent) than New York. I can be there in a few hours for less than $100 each way, should the mood strike me.
I will point out, though, that I have never experienced quite the level of exhilaration occasioned by Cirque du Soleil's La Nouba during even the very best of Broadway shows. Do consider taking it in while you are here. Granted, that may be comparing apples to oranges, but then again, a blend of fruit juices is always a more interesting serving than any single one's nectar.single one's nectar.
An appreciation for the arts is all well, I suppose, but sometimes one enjoys basking in things that nature, not man, has created. Last I checked, waterskiing and wakeboarding opportunities in New York were somewhat limited, to say the least. Within an hour's drive of my city, the Canaveral National Seashore (at 22-plus miles, the longest stretch of pristine, undeveloped beach on the Atlantic coast) awaits me for less than the price of McLunch.McLunch.
Since this is Orlando we're talking about, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that, contrary to the rantings of those of us who have somehow pretentiously risen above the savage, socially unacceptable notion of unrestrained play, theme parks are actually FUN.
Oh, and incidentally, it's not 25 degrees and snowing right now.snowing right now.
Nik Bramblett, Orlando
Nik Bramblett, Orlando
When I saw Arthur Blumenthal's picture on your cover page `"Museology 101," Dec. 22` my heart jumped for joy. Of all the art-related individuals in our community, Arthur holds my highest respect. A man who truly loves art is a person to be treasured, and Blumenthal is truly a treasure in our community. The collection that he has assembled over the years is special and the range is wide, from 18th-century landscapes to 20th-century contemporary.contemporary.
Arthur's persistence has paid off. Way to go, "Bloom.""Bloom."
Robin Van Arsdol, Orlando