From Japan to Sweden without Leaving New Jersey

I kid New Jersey. We all kid New Jersey. After all, it’s hard not to kid New Jersey when they present you with things like this: (Those of you not from New Jersey, this is the Cannonball Loop from Action Park, a ride so unsafe they shut it down after a month. Reportedly they sent … Continue reading “From Japan to Sweden without Leaving New Jersey”



When the Circus Left Town

Our life had been on hold for a few months while we prepared for our trip to Japan, so a lot of the things we had planned to do suddenly became available to us. First and foremost for me was the Circus Drive-In in Wall Township, New Jersey, very near the shore. This location had … Continue reading “When the Circus Left Town”



Tick Tock Diner and Rutt’s Hut

The short version: since I got a new job, I’ve hardly had time to draw breath, so this is why I haven’t posted for a good deal of time. However, I have quite the backlog of sign pictures to share, so I figured the best way to do so is post considerably smaller posts. First … Continue reading “Tick Tock Diner and Rutt’s Hut”



Wildwood, Part 3

Stardust Motel, Wildwood, NJ For part 1, click here For part 2, click here Due to the construction in Wildwood last October, we found ourselves diving down streets that we probably wouldn’t have seen otherwise. We ended up on Spicer Avenue, which held a few more motels of the golden era. Remembering back to the … Continue reading “Wildwood, Part 3”



Wildwood, Part 2

The more you go through Wildwood, the greater the embarrassment of riches. Just going down a side road can lead you to a sign you didn’t know existed, one that no one seems to have posted on Flickr or Instagram. The Sand Dune, for instance, which seems lost during the day, caught between a few … Continue reading “Wildwood, Part 2”



Wildwood

So where was I? Oh, right. We were in Philadelphia, having visited the Reading Terminal and Termini Brothers, when we realized that we still had more than half a day. So I said, why not go to Wildwood? It’s not tremendously far away, and I had been looking forward to going. The neon had been … Continue reading “Wildwood”



The New Jersey Expeditions, Part 2

Autumn arrived, and at the start of it, death visited us on both ends of the spectrum. First it was our 77-year old next-door neighbor, who died suddenly of a heart attack. At the end of the week, my cousin’s son, who was just five years old, succumbed to the ravages of Neuroblastoma after a … Continue reading “The New Jersey Expeditions, Part 2”



The New Jersey Expeditions

There are plenty of things I forget on a constant basis. Among them: The Cubs are not going to win the division. Lid down. Just because a burger is flame-broiled doesn’t necessarily make it a good burger. Although that Toyota ad with “Jan” started out with a promising concept, it’s not going to be in … Continue reading “The New Jersey Expeditions”



Feng Shui and the Art of Hot Dog Maintenance

About a month ago, we were watching one of those house hunting shows where a couple is ducking in and out of houses, accompanied by an agent, all the while expressing opinions on this and that. The couple in this particular episode featured a woman who was deep into feng shui. Deep into feng shui. … Continue reading “Feng Shui and the Art of Hot Dog Maintenance”