OK, I'll admit it: people drive me nuts. (Makes total sense that I live in a city with 8 million of them, right?) But I don't loathe everyone. Here, wild generalizations about certain categories of folks, designed to make me feel like less of a misanthrope.
1. Women named Jennifer. There are a lot of them out there, so it's interesting that I've liked pretty much every one I've encountered. Sorry if I'm discriminating against men named Jennifer. It's just that I haven't met any.
2. Public transit riders who, when they get a phone call, say, "I can't talk right now, I'm on a bus/train."
3. People who went to so-called Public Ivys. If your parents ever told you, "Sure, you want to go NYU, but we can only afford SUNY," I'm predisposed to be on your side. (Not that I dug everyone I went to college with, exactly, but I still feel a certain kinship.)
4. Minnesotans in exile. I've met at least half a dozen Gophers in New York and I've enjoyed them all. What is it with those people? Surely some of them must be jerks, but I haven't come across any. On a related note:
5. Californians who have moved to New York. Growing up, I always saw Cali as the promised land. So I'm impressed by people who gave up swimming pools and movie stars to live in a place where the weather is crap about 75 percent of the time. It shows they have character.
6. People who laugh at their own jokes. This is adorable. It helps if the jokes are funny, but it's not strictly necessary.