And welcome to the Motherboards, officially. I'm glad you lurked a bit before your first post - it was certainly very heartfelt and really touched a nerve.
I was afraid that everyone was going to suggest that you do a party, because I know that isn't the answer for everyone.
Though I only made it to MI7 twice (first under the prodding of our beloved Tonya K. and the second time because I had liked the vibe so much)
I too was upset that it was going. But the truth is that the Pyramid management has been notoriously impossible to collaborate with for many years now, and I was surprised that anything that good was even beginning there at all, especially on a Saturday night. So, this really could have happened five years ago, in the now-golden late nineties, and isnt really as much of a sign of the times as it might look.
Lastly, I'm not 100% sure that you SHOULD stay in New York. As you may know many members of the Mother tribe have now scattered, which is one of the reasons why the Boards have been such a hit. If I was in my early twenties and just coming to New York right now, I'm not sure I would have stayed around. Maybe, but other cities, from New Orleans and Portland to Prague, have looked mighty inviting for years.
I'll sign off now and let others pick up this conversation, and ask you also if we have ever met?