Tuesday, April 16, 2013

N is for New Jersey


N is for New Jersey

 

            I love New Jersey.  I was born and raised here.  I know it’s the brunt of a lot of jokes but in my mind it really is the best state.        

It’s right in the middle of the Northeast corridor and so it’s accessible to big cities like New York or Philadelphia, but there’s still a lot of farmland and open space.  At least in the area I live.  We’ve got the beaches and boardwalks in the summer (what’s left after Hurricane Sandy) and we usually  get just the right amount of snow in the winter for a little winter fun but not so much that we’re paralyzed by it.

            It’s only a 10 hour trip to Myrtle Beach, SC.  Florida is only a road trip away.  My mother drove us there every summer for a week of fun.

             And my claim to fame is I’m originally from Freehold , the home of the Boss, Bruce Springsteen.  He was a few years older than me so I never met him but I knew the woman who let him use her garage to practice in when he was a teen.  She went to my church. 

            My only complaint about NJ is while lilacs and forsythia herald Spring in other states, here you know it’s spring when the road work begins.  The sight of traffic cones and steam shovels tells you the warm weather has arrived.  At least we don’t have to pump our own gas.  And I like that!

 

7 comments:

  1. I used to make the 'what exit?' jokes if someone said they were from Joisey. But my former inlaws were from south Jersey, about an hour or so from Philly and that area was really quite lovely.

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  2. How fun to come upon a post about my old home state! I lived there for my first ten years in America, most of the time in Princeton and Belle Mead. I agree with all you said. I enjoyed living there a lot, but I couldn't take the hot and humid summers and then I fell in love with the Western U.S. and moved away. There were dogwood trees all over in spring. It doesn't get better than that.

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    1. Princeton is pretty. One of my daughters used to live in that area.

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  3. I've never been to New Jersey. I've always wanted to travel north- I hope I get to some day! :)

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  4. I grew up in New Jersey. Once on a class trip we went to the Pine Barrens. Loved it there. And I used to go to Seaside evry weekend with my friends. Good memories!

    Visiting from A-to-Z.

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    1. I loved Seaside too. That's where my son lived and his home was destroyed by hurricane Sandy. He and his girlfriend are still living with me as they try to find housing and work with FEMA. I'm eager to see what seaside will be like this summer

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