“I can walk around this city and point to 200 or 300 buildings I’ve worked on. Sometimes I go a little overboard with the pointing.”
“We always let her do her own thing. When she was in first grade, she decided she wanted to go to church.
“I cried so hard when they called her name that I started choking and my son asked if I needed an ambulance.”
“She got here, but she got here the hard way. If she’d listened to me in the first place, she’d have gotten here the easy way.”
“We were living in London. My school year started a couple months before hers ended, so I had to leave early for New York.
“Dad, please don’t say anything stupid.”
“When I was depressed, it felt like I was walking through mud all the time. My head was filled with thoughts like, ‘If my friends knew who I really was, they wouldn’t love me.’ And, ‘What right do I have to exist?
“I’m trying to come back to work after a period of depression. I’ve battled it off-and-on my whole life, but two years ago the wheels just completely came off.
“I’m heading back to the office so I’m trying to walk as slow as possible.”
“I always wanted kids, but my wife never thought it was the right time. She’s an accountant at a major investment bank.
“He’s always taking me to restaurants that I’ve never been to and introducing me to foods that I’ve never tried.
“I’m not sure what it is about this job, but the chicks love it. I used to wear a suit and tie to work—nothing.
“I just started in sales, so I’m trying to build a client list. I’ve probably made 30,000-50,000 cold calls in the past year.
“I was retired for a little while. But my wife’s ‘to-do’ list got so long, I thought: 'I’m going back to work.’”
“My daughter’s greatest quality is her humility. She tries hard to not classify people in her mind. I’ve always tried to teach her that humility is a mediator.
“I’ve been trying an online dating site, but haven’t had much luck. I met a doctor on there recently, and he seemed pretty normal, so I thought that it might finally be working for me.
“I want to be an astronaut.” “What’s the hardest part about being an astronaut?” “Pressing the right buttons at the right time.”
“I’m trying to raise three children and not lose who I am. I used to be a fashion buyer, and I got a lot of satisfaction from that, but now it’s so easy for life to be all about the kids.
“I had a rough time in high school. I was in a very deep depression. I’ve always been on the heavy side, so I got bullied a lot because of my size.
“I try to volunteer two days a week. It’s really been a reality check for me. You see how difficult it can be to live in a city, and how out-of-control people’s lives can become.