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Subject: Re: My Home New Jersey Part II By Paul Czekaj - Date: 7/24/2012 7:12 PM
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Actually, they do mention Grover's Mill and they show a plaque about the Martian invasion starting at the 2:12 mark. While I didn't see any Jersey tomatoes or light bulbs (though they did show West Orange a couple of times), I did see the U.S.S. Ling in Hackensack.

Funny story about the Ling, I recall they used to have a billboard posted on Rt. 80 in Hackensack advertising the Ling Museum and it showed this massive nuclear sub breaching the water like a whale. Of course, when you got to the Ling, it was this rinky dink, rusting WWII sub with a single-wide trailer as the "museum." I wonder how many people they hoodwinked into come seeing the sub before people caught on.

I understand there's also a Part I and Part III video with more stuff about NJ.

Having been born and bred here, I've been to quite a lot of places shown in that video, but there are still so many more I haven't seen. Too often we take this state for granted thinking we've got to go elsewhere to see some beautiful or interesting sites when in fact most stuff is just a day trip away.

For that I blame the state tourism department for failing to get the word out. Some places have got the marketing down for their states that make you want to go there. Instead, NJ puts up billboard saying "NJ Doesn't Stink," feeding into the stereotype that it's a place of fetid swamps and oil refineries. Well, it is, but what I loved was they had one of those "Stink" billboards up in Secaucus, one of the most putrid smelling places when the sun and wind is right.

I understand Secaucus got its reputation when it was pig farms and stuff, but day-um! it can reek like a rotting corpse some days. And there's a billboard telling us it doesn't stink. LOL!

Another funny story, and then I'll shut up, I recall driving down the Turnpike with my dad and smelling something horrid in the air. I asked him what the smell was and he told me "Secaucus," but I thought he said "sea carcass" and I imagined there was some whale that had washed up on a beach and was rotting in the sun. Well, in my defense I must've been about 5 or 6 and it did smell like that.

Still, I have an attachment to New Jersey even for all its many faults, though I don't think I can ever forgive it for giving us Snooki.

Rich
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