***NOTE - it looks like blogger is reposting the stuff it took down yesterday. Sorry about the double posting.***
As all of you know by now, yesterday Blogger went down. It seems that it was a combination of some Chinese dissidents being hacked into and the USCYBERCOM throwing a panic and blacklisting all the blogger world. This reason was posted by the USNI (US Naval Institute) web site http://blog.usni.org/2011/05/12/blacklisted/. Another reason blogger was down is some maintenance issues with blogger.com.
To restore back to a stable system most of everything posted or commented on yesterday was removed. They are trying to restore the ones deleted, but it may not happen. In the meantime, I will try to re-post my item from yesterday.
So without further ado…
And I’m damn glad to be, too. New Jersey is not one of my favorite places. I have occasionally heard it call the armpit of the country (if that is a correct analogy…then what appendage does that make Florida?)
One of the things I hate about the place is the roads. Driving is like riding on a wash board. The state is overtaxed and has so many useless toll roads soaking the residents of billions of dollars, yet they can’t fix a fucking pothole or crack in the road. And the drivers…I now know why the motto for the state is “The Garden State.” It’s because of the all the blooming idiots driving out there.
Okay, okay! Not everything is bad. The people, for example, are great (once you get them out of the cars and trucks.) I have yet to meet someone who wasn’t friendly and open. They will help you when you ask and will even take the time to talk to you – even though they do talk funny. (Stop it! I do not have an accent. Y’all just don’t appreciate well spoken English.)
Another think I love about NJ is the hard woods. Being from Georgia, I love hardwood trees. I HATE pine trees. The pine pollen in the spring that turns everything yellow, the sap that is stronger than superglue and the pine needles that accumulate like credit card debt and will not go away. Jersey, on the other hand, is beautiful in its foliage.
Judy works at Alcatel-Lucent whose financial home office in the US is in Berkley Heights and the campus is on several acres. Every morning there are two or three herds of deer munching away in the yards around the complex and in the yards of the people who live around there. Beautiful!
I also love to eat in NJ. OMG! It’s a wonder that everyone there doesn’t weigh over 300 lbs. They have the best diners that serve the most food for the least price of any place I’ve ever dined…even the Waffle House.
Speaking of the roads, I also had to run up to Mendands, NY, to pick up a dog for Dr. Amber and bring her back. So on the return trip we had a companion who was just great; a loving Husky mix that never once barked or whined.
But the two best things about NJ are my mother-in-law lives there and I-78W and I-95S out of the state.
Well, I guess this post is long enough so I will mosey on off. Just know that it is good to be back home.