又中又英｜to know something like the back of your hand
Manhattan in New York City is a lively place with many things to do. There are restaurants that serve American, Italian, Chinese, Greek, Mexican, Indian, Japanese, and even Afghan food. Pizza and burger restaurants are plentiful. Central Park is huge, with lakes and ponds where people can row boats, bicycle lanes, and playgrounds for children. I can walk to one of the many entrances from my apartment in 15 minutes. The four-mile long Riverside Park, which faces the Hudson River, is ten minutes away by walking. Mid-town Manhattan has many live Broadway shows. Harry Potter, The Lion King, Phantom of the Opera, and MJ, which is the life story of Michael Jackson, are some of the live shows now on Broadway.
Even though there are so many things to do, Manhattan can be a lonely place if you are all by yourself. I live alone in my younger brother’s apartment. He and his wife live in Delaware. Over the past few months I have become increasingly bored and lonely. I have just one friend in Manhattan but he is in poor health and seldom goes out. I have been to Central Park and Riverside Park so many times that I know them like the back of my hand. To know something like the back of your hand means to know it completely.
I know all the different parts of Central Park and Riverside Park because I go for long walks in one or the other daily. That’s why both parks are getting a little boring for me. To escape boredom I watch Netflix every evening. In one movie about a court case someone used the expression “open and shut case”. An open and shut case is a court case that is very simple and likely to be decided very quickly. If you admit to punching someone in the face, the judge can quickly decide if you should go to jail or be fined. The expression can also be used to describe a problem that can be solved easily.