365 Challenge: Day 126 – Long Island, NY

Long Island, NY: an island in the southeastern part of New York state, compromised of four counties, two of which house parts of NYC(Queens and Brooklyn)


Sunday posts, the end of each week, have become a theme on This-Is-My-Truth-Now, organized by groups of five (5). In the first set of five, we explored my primary ethnicity groups and nationalities. In the second set of five, we had the AtoZ Challenges for various favorite things in our lives. In the third set of five, we discovered all the colors (excluding black and white) that have an important meaning to me. And so… I’m continuing the trend of the seventh day, ending the week on Sunday, as a list (we know I love them) that provides more in depth knowledge about me. This is our fourth grouping, covering weeks #16 thru #20 of the 365 Daily Challenge, and the topics will be: the 5 Places I’ve lived!

Last week was the city where I was born (Fort Myers, Florida) but this week is the place where I grew up — Long Island, New York. Before we get into those details, a few interesting facts about this lovely place as well as the Wikipedia link for more information.

The Long Island Medium


  • Long Island received its name for very obvious reasons: it’s a very long island which was highly unusual for explorers back in the 16th and 17th centuries who first stumbled upon it from Europe. Giovanni da Verrazzano was the first explorer to meet with the Lenape Native American tribes. He now has a bridge named for him to cross over to Staten Island.
  • The Dutch and English battled it out, with the Dutch settling the western half and the English settling the eastern half. In 1650, it was all controlled by the English.
  • Although Brooklyn and Queens, part of New York City, inhabit the western part of the island, there’s always a debate on whether people include them as part of “Long Island” proper, given they are part of the physical island. Additionally, there are hundreds of smaller barrier islands surrounding Long Island, which are also usually considered part of the general area referred to as “Long Island.”
  • Most people know it from either the Long Island Medium TV show (never saw it), the wealthy Hamptons lifestyle (not where I lived), Fire Island (I have had a few summer house rentals there), Walt Whitman’s birthplace (been there) or its silly doppelganger “Lawn Guyland,” based on the supposed accent everyone who grew up there still retains. I’ll cover that a little bit later… so stick around!

As I hinted at last week, I spent a lot of my life on/in Long Island. My ancestors settled there between 1700 and 1800; I’m still trying to finalize the exact dates. It might actually be a little earlier, but I have no confirmation on it. I know for certain they lived there in the 1760s. My parents lived there before I was born, but eventually took that two year hiatus to Fort Myers where I was born. By the 1980s, they were back to Long Island. I’ve lived in several different towns across the island:

  • Bethpage: Where I grew up and lived throughout my childhood and during summers in my college years. I also bought the house I grew up in from my parents, as my mom bought it from her parents twenty-five years prior. I lived in Bethpage for a few years before I moved across the country (that’ll be a future post).
  • Commack: When I returned from college (as I wasn’t staying on LI for school – no way!), I rented my first apartment about 30 minutes further east of Bethpage. I had my first real job when I lived in Commack and commuted back and forth each day in nasty traffic. My landlords were great, but after a few disagreement with the person I was dating and we ended the relationship (as we had moved in together too quickly). I returned back to Bethpage for a little while. Parents always welcome you back home, don’t they?
  • Plainview: About a year after I moved back home, I was in a new relationship (yes, another one too soon) and we bought a house together in the town next door. Though the relationship only lasted about 5 years, we had just enough time to completely re-model the house. We did all the work ourselves (with my dad’s and uncle’s help, too), stripping back down to the studs, adding a room off the back and landscaping everything brand new. We made a decent profit in selling the house, which was always a good thing!
  • Melville: After I returned from living cross-country, and lived in Brooklyn, I yearned for the suburbs. We bought a house directly in the center of Long Island, at the top of the highest point, too… which was odd, as I never knew that’s where it was. Lived there for a few years, but that relationship ended (yes, three ended where I lived and owned property with the other person… I suppose you might have something witty to say in response to me, but now I’m very happy. We are not splitting up ever). Once my commute into NYC for work became 90-minutes each way… i was done with that. I sold another house and moved to Manhattan, where I’ve been for 5+ years now.

*** Yes, I move a lot. See post on Moving. ***

Long Island has been my home for about 25 of the 40 years I’ve inhabited this body and this planet. (I think my soul has been other places.  See Past Life post.) As much as I love the place, I know in my heart that I won’t live there again. There’s nothing necessarily wrong with it, as I have tons of happy memories. Despite the fact that so many of my ancestors have roots in Long Island, they also lived other places, such as Pennsylvania and West Virginia. I’m excluding Europe for now as a place where my peoples have lived. But ultimately, Long Island always feels separated from the rest of the world. To get through NYC and into NJ, Connecticut or upstate NY state, it’s a minimum of 90 minutes even when the traffic isn’t all that bad. It’s not easy for weekend trips. It’s over-crowded. Where I grew up, Nassau County, is literally the most expensive county in the country — more than Manhattan on a lot of levels. The house I owned is 1/3 the cost almost anywhere else.

When I first went to college in Pennsylvania, and told people I came from Long Island, they were shocked. “But you don’t have the accent?” they’d inquire. And they were correct. Everyone I know who grew up or was born on Long Island has that accent. Except me. I could only attribute it to a few things: (1) I learned to speak in Florida, so my (o to 2) formative years where I picked up language and talked to people was not Long Island. I was always a writer and a reader, loving linguistics and theatre, such that I probably over-accentuated words which made the accent harder to pick up on. I’ve always been a low talker, so people usually have a hard time hearing or understanding me. In the end, few realize where I come from. But I know it.

And now you know it. Whatttyaaaa gonna doooo abbbouttt it?



  • Today’s 365 Daily Challenge recommended blogger to know is Peela @ CWhiteWeb but she has absolutely nothing to do with Long Island; I just thought she’d find this post very amusing, which is why I selected her for today. Peela and I connected about 2 months ago, and for the life of me, I cannot remember how it came to be. {Do you recall? Tell me!} Peela is very funny and witty, currently working on her economics degree, living and working in Asia, far away from home. She’s a daily blogger with a lot of different topics and stories. My favorite right now is her Six Word series, where she posts each day about the growing relationship between two young lovers who in episode #1, first glanced at one another. As of now, she’s just finished episode #96, but closing in on #100. She won’t tell me when she plans to end it either… so I think she’s going to do 365 days just like I do in challenge – that’s how it will all be connected. But she inserts fantastic graphics with the six word story which help you understand the context of what’s going on. I love her life journey stories, particularly one about a boy she met and a conversation with her mother. It was hilarious, but probably utterly true. Peela has a great attitude and always humorous when chatting, engaged and open to all types of discussions. Go meet someone from another country who is living in yet another country with an entirely different outlook on what’s going on right now. You’re bound to love her!


About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.


  1. Wow! You have LIVED and MOVED! I actually envy that. My family has lived in the same house for 34 years! Everyone else moved, we have not. I call it failure to move Everyone knows where we live lol!
    And I had to make a map (courtesy of Google) of all those places…and the real estate ownership, funny! I guess fourth time’s a charm, yes? 😀 Funny you say you don’t see yourself living in Manhattan forever, cause as I was reading, I was wondering if you knew you’d most probably move again, from Manhattan to God knows where. I also like how your family has a house that is being “sold” from generation to generation! Now that is cool! Think maybe you’ll retire there?
    And thaaaaank you, my goodness, it felt like I was reading about someone else. And you think I’m funny (which I don’t). You, James, are great too! 🙂 😀

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    • You were definitely reading about yourself… well deserved. 🙂 Funny too!

      I am ready to leave Manhattan now. I love it here, but it’s been over 5 years, getting way too expensive, especially if I am going to chance writing as a potential career. I’d like to move somewhere with cooler weather, but since there are two of us, we have to agree on a place. Out first step is to pick 5 locations that are options and then visit one a month for the rest of the year… should be interesting.

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  2. Funny you should mention the accent. I worked in reservations, and a travel agent asked me if I was from New York. I repeatedly assured him I was born and raised in Arizona. He became quite testy because he fancied himself an accent expert. I finally said, “Would it help to tell you my mother was born in Connecticut and her parents were from Brooklyn?” “Yes! I knew it!” So, apparently, I have a touch of a Brooklyn accent. Small world, one of my dearest friends, in my thirties and forties, was from Queens. We probably would have never met had we lived in NYC. I’m forever grateful we crossed paths in Arizona.

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    • Location is everything. Imagine hundreds of years ago when transportation was difficult. Accents must have truly been unique.

      I think we do pick up some of our speech pattern from those around us, so it makes a bit of sense you have some NYC in you! 🙂

      Thanks for sharing. Very amusing.

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  3. How interesting. I feel like I have been there now. Thanks for taking me on a tour! The history part was especially interesting since I had read period novels set in some of the parts you mentioned. Thanks!

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  4. Don’t forget the dripping sarcasm!! Haha

    PS: Still in AZ……trying to get my in-laws in assisted living. They are both 85. My father in law is in a rehab place as he keeps falling and my mother in law can’t stay here by herself. We should be on the road by the weekend…….Ugh!!

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