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Philly Vacation

on July 8, 2009

This week, which is also my birthday week, is Vacation in Philadelphia week. The last time were here was 2 years ago when FatherInLaw died.
So it’s been swell. Hanging with my 91 year old MIL is inspiring and we have had lots of gastronomic adventures so far. There have been cheesesteaks, tomato pies, cannoli, pretzels, Yeungling beer, salt water taffy, diners, Bob Evans, Starbucks delerium tremens, and Italian ices. So far.
I have also managed to hold back my slapping arm everytime I heard someone say we were going “down the shore” in reference to our jaunt to the New Jersey Shore today. That includes the loudtalker I overheard today in a store at the shore on the phone saying,”…I’m on vacation down the shore…” Prepositions people. They won’t kill you.

Anyway, I’m here to say that the overtaxed citizens of NJ at least get what they pay for. The roads! They are so smooth! And gas is so cheeeaaapp!
And they PUMP it FOR you! And the trees! And OMG the most outrageous blueberries evah!!!!
And everything is so clean! And people speak English!!!! The people at the shore were so Normal! And the sand was so pretty! And the sun doesn’t set over the ocean which is the most bizarre thing ever and totally impossible to wrap my mind around.

So anyway, this wasn’t my first trip to New Jersey but I guess after being back in California for about 10 years now, I have more appreciation for it. Too bad about that whole Winter thing.


5 responses to “Philly Vacation

  1. ak says:

    I missed birthday week AND your birthday!! Fricken-fracken…



  2. l'empress says:

    Oops, I forgot — Happy Birthday!

  3. l'empress says:

    Grammatically speaking, I would say that “down” is the preposition here. People go down the shore the same way they go down the street.

    I gotta tell ya, I know California had advantages, but every time I went there thinking I might stay, I decided I preferred New York — winter and all. (And I HATE winter!)

  4. beanie says:

    Yeah, that winter thing will get ya!

  5. bluesleepy says:

    Oh hahaha I didn’t even think about the sun setting over the ocean on the West Coast. I mean, DUH, but it doesn’t occur to me since I’ve lived on the East Coast most of my life. Even when I lived in Washington, I lived on the west side of the Puget Sound, so I would still watch the sun rise over the water instead of set. I guess it’s like how the toilet water goes the other way round south of the equator.

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