I guess I've gotten spoiled, living for 13 years in sunny Virginia before we hit the road full time last December. A lovely state, with some real freedom for its residents. I remember when we moved down to Virginia from New Jersey back in 1998, my boys were wide-eyed seeing booths all over that sold fireworks. In New Jersey, they'd lock you up with relish for possession of a firecracker and throw away the key.
In fact, the first thing I bought for my boys in Virginia was a couple of Red Rider BB guns. Nope, you can't have them in New Jersey. In fact, even a slingshot is illegal. I guess that law is to prevent a rubber band powered mass murder.
Rotary traffic circles have backward rules from the rest of the country. In other states, the driver entering the circle has to yield to cars in the circle. Not in Jersey - if you're in the circle, you have to yield to cars entering the circle. Another traffic law that must have been crafted by dizzy politicians in Trenton.
Then, the all time goody, and this goody is becoming more and more prevalent on Jersey roads: You can't turn left, you have to turn right to go left. Yep, the infamous Jersey "Jug Handle". Of course to make your driving experience more interesting, the road designers put in a twist, you never can tell if the Jug Handle is before the turn or after the turn. Usually I guess wrong, miss the Jug Handle and have to proceed further up the road looking for another right turn to turn left. Sheesh!
New Jersey boasts about its beautiful, white sandy beaches that line its coast. Good luck trying to enter a beach without paying, they all charge for you to get that sand in your shoes and clothes. And God help you if you try and bring a dog on the beach. Go directly to jail, do not pass Go, do not collect $200.
The one saving grace we found was an ice cream stand in Red Bank, NJ, close to where we're staying that serves to die for Italian Ice, we loved it when we lived here and it's still in business.
We decided to get some before we got slapped in handcuffs by the NJ Food Police for trafficking in an illegal sweet treat.
My son, Corey works as a service advisor at a new car dealership. He told me that New Jersey has now placed a new law on the books that it is illegal to top off your brake fluid in your car. The thinking behind the law is that if you have to add brake fluid, then there is a mechanical defect in your car's braking system and you need to get it fixed. Obviously, this law was written by someone with no understanding of how brakes work.
On cars that have disc brakes (most cars on the road today), as brake pads wear, the brake fluid fills up the "gap" to counter for the wearing brake pad, sort of like an automatic brake adjustment. A little top off of the brake fluid in the master cylinder is perfectly normal (at least in the other 49 states, Canada and Mexico). Poor Corey has to deal with irate customers that become livid over not having their brake fluid topped off.
Is it any wonder that many of the New Jersey residents are so often crabby? Interestingly enough, my dad and all my siblings and their families still live in this state. They keep asking me when we're moving back.
Not a chance. My house has wheels and if it weren't for little Anabelle and her parents (in exile here because of jobs), I don't think I'd ever darken the doors of the Jersey Turnpike. ;c)
Now for the shameless baby picture of the day:
Oops! Sorry, that's Amanda's dog, Madison, who still considers herself Amanda's "baby".
Here's the correct picture:
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