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Seaside Heights Boardwalk pre-Memorial Day

Posted by Stu On June - 18 - 2009

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For most of my life, Seaside Heights was just a 3 mile drive away.  Having lived by the boardwalk my whole life, I never understood the big deal about it.  As a kid, it was a fun place.  As a teen and young adult, it was still a nice place to walk around, but it sure did make traffic suck in the summertime with all the North Jerseyans, New Yorkers, and Pennsylvanians swarming the area.

For those not in the know, to residents of The Shore and South Jersey, North Jersey and New York tourists are “bennies” and PA ones, particularly from Philly, are “shoobies.”  I could go deeper into the origins of these but I really don’t feel like it.  Look it up.

Anyway, from my experience, most people out of state think boardwalk towns are booming year round and always have something going on.

Nope.

The towns, and boardwalks especially, are just about ghost towns for most of the year.  Summer season is only Memorial Day weekend til Labor Day, less than 5 months.

So to prove my point, I went to Seaside on May 7, less than 3 weeks before “the season” and took pics of the boardwalk.  I wanted to show that even the more popular shore destinations look about the same as Asbury Park for most of the year.  This also served as a nice blast of nostalgia, since Seaside is no longer a quick drive for me but now over 100 miles away.

And as for the benny/shoobie thing, I for one never saw the big deal.  Sure, they add to the traffic of an already overpopulated area, and sure some are very, very obnoxious.  But if it weren’t for them, shore towns would have next to no economy and probably wouldn’t exist.  Take the bad with the good and shut up already.  Funny part is most of the “shore people” I know moved there from North Jersey or NY and really have no room to talk.

…and I guess technically I’m a shoobie now, but I still don’t appreciate getting grief for going back to where I grew up and lived for 25 years.

…oh yeah, pictures.  I started at the landmark Midway Steakhouse and first headed north.  Coin Castle, one of the big 2 arcades, was completely closed up.  This used to be my favorite arcade when I was a kid, but then they got rid of like 90% of their arcade games and replaced them with all that crap that gives out points and tokens.  I switched teams and began to frequent Lucky Leo’s.

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Up the boardwalk a bit is Casino Pier, which is always closed in the off-season.  Nearly every shop and stand was closed as well.

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Once you get past Casino Pier, the north end gets pretty boring.  There are sky swings that run down to the end of the boardwalk; that’s the only ride up this way.  Many of the arcades and stores down this way are much smaller and less visited than those at the southern end.  Pleasure Island, a pretty run down but still decent arcade, was up this way but shut down a few years ago.

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At the very end is…nothing.  Always wished they put something here.

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Told ya they hate bennies.

I headed back south.  Down this way are many more arcades and stores.  There’s also a second amusement pier, Funtown Pier.  This one’s more geared toward little kids.  It’s also completely off limits in the off-season.

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Down near the very end is the Saw Mill, a very popular pizzeria and bar.  When I visited was just a few weeks after the Saw Mill’s inside caught fire.  It was being fixed up and the air still smelled like burnt wood.  I’m glad they got to it before the whole place went up.

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Best soft vanilla ice cream ever:

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Best salt water taffy ever:

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Stores like this aggravate me.  Anyone who buys anything from this place is a tool.  And probably a benny.

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Back where I started.  Time to go.

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One Shots 2 – The Revenge

Posted by Stu On June - 8 - 2009

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I laugh everytime I see these signs. This guy is all over I-70 W when you first enter Indiana. I don’t know about you, but if my last name were Raper, I wouldn’t be slapping it all over billboards. We’ve come up with a few different catch phrases for his stores, my favorite being “Come get Raped!”

This is on the side of a house along Derby Street in Salem, MA. I think it’s great.

I was behind this guy on the way back from Maddox’s book signing. I found it funny, but at the same time, I wanted to punch whoever the owner was. Did I mention I hate H2s? They are the epitome of American over-excess. Keep patting yourself on the back for keeping us dependent on foreign oil so you can haul lattes and groceries. And while you’re at it, slap another Chinese-made yellow ribbon on the back. God, you’re so patriotic.
And please, come up with a better comeback than “You’re jealous you can’t afford one.” Because I’m not. Not in the slightest.

Someone left a Darth Vader mask down the path from Union Cemetery, and John put it on. It didn’t fit very well.

I swear the picture’s real. The Bunghole is a liquor store in Salem, also along Derby Street.

View of Rockport, MA from the end of Granite Pier. One of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken.

The Pig Rock was just down the road from our campsite in the Adirondacks.

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One Shots

Posted by Stu On June - 8 - 2009

The name says it all. I put this section together for 2 reasons:

a) I occasionally come across something that’s pretty cool, but it just isn’t enough to get its own page.
b) I have random non-site related but still interesting pics and had nowhere to put them.

So the result is this – One Shots. Think of it as somewhat of an editing room. There is no order; they are posted as I find them. Again, some are somewhat site related, and some aren’t.


Still my favorite photo. It was taken in Tillman Ravine in Stokes. I have no idea how we got the lighting like that. The ‘orb’ used to annoy me, but now I think it suits the picture. This was a popular hotlinking pic.

See that island in the middle? That’s where Annie proposed to me.

I had just gotten my Bronco II the day before. I was also forced to learn stick in about 3 hours. So what do I do? Take it in the Pine Barrens, of course! I have no idea where I wound up, but this bridge with 2 or 3 large holes was my only way across. I took a deep breath and got that girl up to overdrive.
I’m still not sure how I made it across.

We came across both of these while looking for remains of an old boy scout camp; as far as I know the place is completely gone.
Just look at that; a deer skull stuck to a tree…with a key hanging from it. Almost sounds like something out of a video game. I bet that key opens some treasure chest of doom that’s hidden away somewhere. Or someone’s abandoned Jeep.

Found this big ol’ pine snake while geocaching in Lebanon Byrne. I was trying to get as close as I could to get a close up pic; Dawe was trying to get as far as he could.

Saw this on Rt. 35 North somewhere in between Seaside and Pt. Pleasant. The week after Labor Day is every shore resident’s favorite time of year.

I got bored one day and took my ex’s car through the Pine Barrens.
If you ever read this, I’m the one who cracked your A/C fan.

I don’t know why, but this has always been one of my favorite pics. I took it in Salem on our first New England weekend trip. I always liked it but had nowhere to put it.

Found this on the side of the road up around Walpack. It was on the older versions of the site, until I realized it’s kinda dumb. Just some stairs on the side of the road.

This is the reason I geocache. Once in a while, I find one like this, which makes wading through all the crappy parking lot and other stupidly placed caches worthwhile.

This was pretty funny…..on a 3rd grade level.

Another site reject – Pomeroy Crossroads. A fox hunter, Donald Pomeroy, was killed here however long ago when his truck crashed into the trees. Don’t know how he managed to pull that off. Yes, Pines fox hunters drive pick-ups during hunts. It’s a marker in the Pines that very few people have seen or know about, but that’s all that’s there. Some more Pines trivia – it’s the only intersection of its kind in the Pine Barrens – 6 dirt roads converge there.
Maybe someday if I’m desperate to update and have run out of things to post I’ll put it up, but the extent of its page would probably be what you’re reading now.

View of the Connecticut River from the top of Gillette Castle.

FDR stares into your soul. This is actually on the side of an elementary school in Roosevelt. I’d be terrified to go there if I was a kid.

Big nasty slug I found while caching at Fort Mott.

People seem to like playing with deer carcasses. Someone put a leg on top of a sign in Winslow.

An old dam I found in Berlin. This park was really awesome and the dam itself was a pleasant surprise, but again, it needed more to be put on the site.

I used to deliver newspapers for The Trentonian. I would take pictures of the stupider front covers. This was my favorite.

This big ol’ girl was trying to lay her eggs right in the middle of a “major road” in the Pines. I picked her up and moved her, and during the process she pissed all over my feet.

Taken from a hilltop somewhere in Vermont.

Controlled burning in the Pines; not far from Friendship.

Another site oldie. Can you find New Jersey in the rocks? This is on the floor of a shelter at the top Sunrise Mountain in Stokes State Forest.

One of my favorite handmade bridges I’ve come across. Built right on the bases of 2 trees. Sturdy too.

Really wicked looking tree in a park in Sea Girt.

Found this guy not far from Hampton Furnace. It was part of a multi-cache. Not what you normally find out in the middle of nowhere.

Almost stepped on this lil’ guy while hiking around Double Trouble.

Hippie Robot stole my car!

Yet another bridge of death in the Pines. We didn’t drive over this one.

Always, always, always wear shoes while ’splorin’.

The “Witch Stone”. This is in the cemetery near Walpack, back in the far left corner. From what I hear, an alleged witch is buried in the spot, and she was given a plain stone because she didn’t deserve to have her name remembered. I don’t know if it’s true or not, but it sure makes you wonder why 2 large rocks are in the back corner of a graveyard.

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Cape May-Lewes Ferry

Posted by Stu On July - 27 - 2004

Instead of driving the 180+ miles back home, I decided to take the ferry across the bay, cutting my trip to 80 miles. There are a few things to see during the 75 minute ride, if you know what to look for.

Right next to the ferry is a replica of the first Dutch ship to land in Delaware. I wanted to commandeer it.


The Melee was quite comfortable aboard the ferry.


A lighthouse on the Delaware side, along with one of the towers from Cape Henlopen.


Imagine having to walk out to this every day.


You can see the Cape May Lighthouse from the ferry, though it’s a bit far.


Also visible from the ferry are the Concrete Shipwreck and WWII Watchtower.

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Wildwood – Summer ‘04

Posted by Stu On June - 27 - 2004

For the first time in years, I went to Wildwood. I took pictures of some of the more interesting things I saw there.

The first few pics are from a ride called “Dante’s Inferno.” Killer art. I’m surprised there weren’t any zealots handing out pamphlets in front of it.


Cerberus. All its heads move.


Yes, it’s a Pringles vending machine.

These are from a ride where you sit in a cart and shoot lasers at zombies. They also had one where you shoot pirates….


This was behind a bar or something. Have no idea what they use it for.

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Quick Stop

Posted by Stu On February - 27 - 2004

Yes, we’re dorks. While driving back from our latest Sandy Hook trip, Annie yelled, “Quick Stop! Quick Stop!” If you have no idea what the big deal is, this is the convenience store where the movie Clerks was filmed. The video store, where Randall worked in the movie, is right next door. We heard some kids in front of the store talking about how the video store has been closed for 3 months because it was robbed. There were still tapes just lying on the ground inside the store.

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