TBD on Ning

Really, folks.... The weather is either hot as hell or cold as hell. Pure Hell. Many
 people are losing their jobs, homes, life savings. The competition just to get in the
 elevator makes running for President look like fun. The GW Bridge, The Holland Tunnel,
 etc cost $8 bucks to get across. (Lake Ponchetrain causeway is $3, a much, much longer

 Most everyone,   will say they trust others little, if at all. Oh, we make a show of
 it, but with people peering in your garage and complaining to the point that the
 teenagers are peeing in their cars....The cynicism, the cynicism, the cynicism cynicism
 cynicism cynicism, can be overwhelming.

Ever drive in NJ or CT? It's easier to drive in Pakistan. Every time I turn around
there's a new law or a new camera enforcing that law. Why, why, do we live here? The
cancer rate in NY, NJ, the quacks that call themselves MD's....? Aw, the hell with all
of it.

The friendliness of Southerners is so moving. The housing is cheaper. And if you cant
find a job in the hurricane ravaged gulf area, well, we call that D-I-S-A-B-I-L-T-Y. Its
a joy to think it might be possible to let your guard down, even for a disillusioned
moment. (Well, men change there minds all over the world....)

The traffic? I remember traveling 1.5 hours each way to work, in 90 mph hour traffic,
bumper to bumper, twice a day, every day. (The Meritt Pkway). I remember sitting on the
same road for 6 hours in a snow storm....and the BASTARD I worked for....

Ok, Tom has a job and he makes 6 figures. But he hates it! And the cost of living, the
property taxes ($8000-9000/yr, here) are hardly worth the corrupt school administrations
they keep in BMW's.

The leaves change color. Good. You can download that off the internet. LaGuardia Airport
is sheer terror to fly in/out...god only knows how long it'll take to drive to JFK
(traffic) and Newark, well, that place holds a special place in the heart of all New

Ok..no hurricanes, real ones anyway, but Noreasters that cause the damage other people
 get 'aid' for. Then theres the snow storms, which are particularily delightful, esp
 those heavy, slushy 12-24 inch ones that freeze over for the next two months.

Whats my best guess? Why do we do it? My guess: ignorance, speculation and HOPE. Lots
and lots of HOPE.

Mother (losing her) Sanity

Tags: Northeast, Yankees, communities, family, jobs, lifestyles

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Jackie, Great song. Has AggieK commented?
I found a movie in WalMart that I have always liked. "Garden State". Others have commented that it is a "guy" flick and that is why I like it. Might be true. I think Natalie Portman is cuter than Zach Braff. However, I think Peter Sarsgaard stole the movie. The whole thing is just off beat enough to have taken place in New Jersey.
not to me... it is a great song. My daughter and I like singing it really, really loud. Love!
When my boys were still at home, we used to sing the mercedes bentz song really, really loud on cross country driving trips.
i still do that.
I live in Eastern NY ( Mid-Hudson Valley ) - a short train ride to NYC. Like the seasons, weather is generally not that extreme. Now, I've visited my brother, who lives in Western NY, quite a few times. Lily white, WASPish, conservative, Stepford Wives territory - it must be part of the Bible Belt. Where do they keep their minorities?
Westchester? Rockland? Sigh...Me too.....
Look at it this way:
Where else can you vent your frustration without a good snowball fight.




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