Idle Daydreaming of Far Away Places

Lately I’ve been homesick for Long Island. This happens every summer but this year it feels different. In years past I’ve missed the entire region, New York City, Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau County, and Suffolk County. This summer I’m really just missing the town I used to live in, so much so that I’ve been locating old classmates via Facebook just to feel connected to my hometown of Copiague, New York.

If you’ve never heard of Copiague that’s OK, they probably haven’t heard of you either. Like any other small town it is nowhere unless it’s where you grew up and in that case it’s everywhere. I’ve written about the town here many, many times (for example here, here, here and here) in the years since I’ve been blogging here.

Yesterday I was informed by a former classmate that Copiague, for the first time in my lifetime, has its own weekly newspaper. For a moment I allowed myself a Charles Foster Kane daydream about going home and publishing my own newspaper. To be honest it would be more like going home to publish the Winesburg Eagle, from Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio but there are moments when the thought of printing a hometown weekly full of local interest stories and pizza coupons seems like about the best thing a guy can do.



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13 responses to “Idle Daydreaming of Far Away Places

  1. betheboy

    Just a note – this post should not be taken as a sign that I want to move back home, or that I want to leave Los Angeles. The Mrs. and I like it here just fine.

  2. holy crap that put a frog in my throat. the simple life, can’t beat it i guess.

  3. There’s times when I miss things from where I came from (Illinois). Don’t know if it’s just nostalgia or what. But I can relate. Haven’t had any wistful daydreams of moving back to “start a new life,” though. I don’t think I could go back to those midwestern winters.

  4. I miss my town circa 1978. I don’t miss what it has become.

  5. I lived on the same street until I was 21. I often miss that street with all my heart. Me and my banana seat bike and the good ol’ Regina Way.

  6. Paul L.

    Sorry to be the one to break it to you like this, but a few years back they tore down the Copiague and put up a Hempstead.

    Official remnants are available for a limited time from the Suffolk County Chamber of Commerce/Nail Salon.

  7. betheboy

    At least it wasn’t a Hicksville.

  8. @sizzle: My parents still live in the house that I grew up in. I don’t know what I’ll do if they ever decide to move. Where will I keep my stuff?

  9. If you go, make sure you leave a note telling people what Rosebud really means.

  10. I’ve never lived anywhere I’d like to live again. Visits? Sure. And life was good when I lived there, but I know that going back just wouldn’t be the same.

  11. dvl

    seems like old times, yadda yadda, devil dogs. i have to see someone eat one of these things!!!

  12. I’ve always wondered what it would be like to have this kind of experience. I never lived in one place after fifth grade for more than a few years. I even went to two different high schools in two very different states. I guess that’s why L.A. has become “home.” Even though my only family here is my husband, I’ve lived here far longer than anywhere else.

  13. I miss my hometown a lot. It is only a couple hours away but it feels like forever . I keep thinking lately that I wan tto move closer…

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