It's a little ... strident. People who understood what I was trying to say saw what I was getting at, but I'm thinking I could have said it better.
I also just wrote this, which was published today, on my two-year anniversary of moving to New York City:
I hope a lot of people read the second piece. The editor called it "relatable." I like that. I think it's the most personal piece I've published anywhere besides my own website since I was writing opinion columns for The Bona Venture back in, gasp, the 90s.