Saturday, October 15, 2005
Friday, October 14, 2005
Virginia Gal's post this morning mentioned ER, which I dutifully watched throughout its first 2 or 3 seasons. This made me think about one of my favorite shows of all time, St. Elsewhere. Really loved that show, didn't want to miss an episode. I might have to slip over to Amazon later to check for a DVD.
Thursday, October 13, 2005
We stopped by Sea Isle City to see the ocean this morning, and it was a sight to see. Layers of tall breakers are pounding the beach, while a misty, wind-driven rain frosts your hair and slicks your face. It's an off-season sight that not too many people get to see. We were there close to low tide. If the flooding on the back bays isn't too bad, we might go in for high tide this afternoon to take some pictures, if we haven't cozied up with coffee and old movies by then. We took pictures with our cell phones, but the images are only good for cell phone wallpaper. Gotta go back with my digicam or my 35mm.
The rotten weather has set me off on my imagined travels again. We're off of work. We could whip out a credit card and set off on a whirlwind vacation. Maybe Williamsburg, VA, where we spent our honeymoon. Haven't been there for several years now, and it's a place I love. Maybe Florida; my brother moved to Orlando last year. Are there any hurricanes expected down there right now? I haven't been paying attention. Too much rain of our own. Maybe Niagara falls, although it's probably raining there, too!
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
We took a nice long walk on the Ocean City, NJ boardwalk yesterday. No sunshine, but the cool temperatures were marvelous. The sea was pretty rough, and we watched a lone surfer for awhile. We picked up fudge and cashews at the Fudge Kitchen, and bought hats and t-shirts on sale. I browsed at Atlantic Books for awhile (crowd-free) and found the new Jennifer Weiner book, Goodnight Nobody. I love the off season!
For nostalgia's sake (and also so that we didn't have to cook) we went to Luigi's at 9th and West for dinner. Nothing fancy by any means. We used to go there when we were dating (eons ago), and we had dinner there with a few friends the night before our wedding. It was open year round: not much was in those days, even on the mainland. It had the added benefit of being affordable, and we were pretty much broke all of the time back then.
Monday, October 10, 2005
As mentioned in a previous post, Mr. Merci was responsible for the directions this time (I usually bear the sole responsibility for travel preparation in our household). Mr. M chose the AAA Trip Tick solution. Our directions took us up the Garden State Parkway, to the NJ Turnpike, to Route 78, across Routes 1/9 and various short distances on smaller roads to the HOLLAND TUNNEL. Yessirree, we drove through lower Manhattan (crept through, actually) on a Saturday afternoon for the sole purpose of getting to Long Island via the Manhattan Bridge! It took us close to an hour to travel less than a mile in Manhattan.
All of the above was accomplished in the pouring rain. I’m not sure whether or not the terror alerts in NYC had any effect on our travel. Did more people drive into the city for Saturday afternoon tea to avoid public trans? I kind of doubt it, but I suppose it’s possible. If anyone was put off by the threat of terrorism (again, I doubt it) they would probably have stayed home. I wonder if Canal Street was backed up like that at the time of the 911 attacks. I can’t imagine being frozen in traffic, an alien to NYC and just passing through, when the WTC was attacked. But this is only one of numerous unimaginable scenarios from that day.
Anyway, rest assured that we did not take the same route home. We pulled out of the parking lot at 8:00 am the next morning, and we arrived home (this time via the Verazzano Narrows Bridge and the Outer Bridge Crossing) in less than 3 hours. Our only delays on the way home were the numerous, tedious toll booths on the GSP. Oh, and if you see the toll police, tell them that we didn’t MEAN to short the toll at the Woodbridge Plaza. How were we supposed to know that the exact change amount in question was DOUBLE the amount at every other plaza we encountered???
I know that NJ takes a ribbing in the world (I won’t repeat the awful untruths here), but I, for one, am glad to reside here! I know that some people thrive on the congestion and teeming humanity that is NYC, but it’s not for me. And I’d take Philly over NY any day, hands down. Guess my roots are showing.