I can’t help but feel spoiled living in an area with so many different things to experience within an hour’s drive. New York City, Philly and the Jersey Shore are just a few of the awesome places to discover new and exciting adventures. Just thinking about those poor bastards who have to live without a big city or an ocean nearby makes me appreciate how lucky I was to be born and raised in Central New Jersey. I can see any of the NY/NJ major sports teams, a show on Broadway, or go to some dope ass parks.
I mean hey, if we wanna break this down some more, my absolute favorite thing about living where I do is that there are so many places to eat at all times of the day and night. Besides pretty much every fast-food joint being available, we have 24 hour diners! What a world.
To be able to have a night out at one of the seemingly hundreds of bars, drink a few cocktails (cheep beer) and go to a place where I can eat french fries with mozzarella cheese and gravy is just so damn satisfying. Not to mention Pork Roll, or Taylor ham, not to get into that whole thing.
Winter can suck, and does suck most of the time. Maybe writing this in the peak of summer makes me forget how horrible that time of year can be, but part of me thinks that it’s cool to be somewhere I can experience all four seasons. Most everyone I know thinks autumn is a pretty great season to experience, with the cool breezes and leaves changing color.
Apple and pumpkin picking are things I haven’t done since I was a young man but I look forward to doing all that jazz this time around. I might just get a little crazy and try my hand at carving a pumpkin. Might be too spooky for me but only time will tell. Some hate the association of fall with going back to school or knowing that winter is coming (unintentional “Game of Thrones” reference), but participating in the seasonal activities like building an igloo or sledding down a steep hill is all part of the action.
New Jersey gets a pretty bad reputation from people who come here through Newark Airport or are just traveling through and see the swampland and nothingness of the surrounding area, which makes it easy to believe the stereotypes. I honestly believed Philadelphia was a dump until I actually went there to see what it was all about for myself. It turns out that it’s actually a beautiful place with pretty nice people to boot. Imagine that.
What I’m trying to tell you is: New Jersey doesn’t suck much as you think it does. And if that isn’t enough for you to stick around, there are two major airports close by so you can get out of dodge.
Ryan Szabo is a writer and chill dude from Central NJ who can crack a joke or two. He enjoys browsing the interwebs and playing devils advocate.