March 10, 2010

New Jersey Memories

Two Guys Department Store

Did you grow up in New Jersey? Do you have memories of places that no longer exist?
I grew up in the 1970's in Morris County, New Jersey. I practically grew up on Brookdale Soda. I hardly knew that Coke and Pepsi even existed! 

Farms still existed in East Hanover! I remember my mother buying milk at Lone Pine Farms in their little shop. I don't think I ever even went into the shop. I would go out to pet the horse.

We would also go to the Two Guys on Route 10 in East Hanover. Route 10 didn't have 1 million stores like it does now. I remember Two Guys, Capitol Lighting (which is still there), a miniature golf course, and a few other shops.

When I was very young, Two Guys still had a full-fledged grocery section, where my mother would shop. However, I would run around my favorite part of the store -- the toy section! (this was when mothers didn't panic if you lost sight of your kids for a little while). 

I would roam around the toy section, and of course being a devoted reader would always go to the paperbook section, too. I collected the little Peanuts paperbacks. I loved Charlie Brown and Snoopy. When I got a little older, I would buy 45s in the record section, and felt very old when I graduated to buying the whole albums.

Everything was so inexpensive! Here is a reminder:

The East Hanover Two Guys also had a tiny little section with a minature bowling alley for kids! I loved to play there, even though I wasn't very good. The bowling balls were child-sized and easy to pick up and throw. There were also pinball machines.

I loved going to Two Guys for Christmas to pick out the Christmas tree! They had a section in the back for garden supplies, and the trees would be there. My mother remembers the price as being very reasonable for a pretty nice tree.

Also, outside the store was a liquor store (I can't remember the name, or if it was part of Two Guys?), where my father would buy cases of Brookdale Soda. We would always get a variety, and I loved the orange, the lemon-lime and the half-and-half flavors!

I dream very vividly at night (I'm dreaming within seconds of falling asleep!) and sometimes I'll wake up and think about the dream I just had. I'll feel that I've been to the place in my dreams before. Then I'll realize that it is Two Guys that I was dreaming about.

March 04, 2010

Nude Snow Woman Stirs Hot Debate

November 05, 2009

Theeeee Yankees Winnnnnn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here is a wonderful video tribute to the 2009 World Champion New York Yankees! This video was posted on YouTube by GuardofLiberty.

See more at GuardofLiberty's
YouTube Channel page.

What's wonderful is that the BEST team in baseball won the World Series! 
The Yankees had by far the most depth of any team this year. 
It is a pleasure to root for them, not just because they win, but because they never give up and play with great heart and soul! 

October 13, 2009

Conan O'Brien and Cory Booker "Feud" Over Newark

As you probably know, Conan O'Brien has made jokes about Newark, NJ and Newark Mayor Cory Booker has had to respond. This is a video from the Larry King Show on CNN:

So what do you think?

October 06, 2009

Newark Doctor to Pay Medical School Tuition for 12 Students

Part of the problems plaguing our cities and other poor areas is lack of access to medical services. When medical students graduate, they are often so burdened with debt that they want to make as much money as possible to pay their college and medical school debts.

A New Jersey physician has decided to change that.     


Dr. Leon Smith of Roseland, the former chairman of St. Michael's Hospital in Newark, has a wonderful idea: He will finance scholarships -- paying the full tuition -- for 12 medical students to study at St. George University's School of Medicine in Grenada, and when they graduate the new doctors must practice for at least 7 years in medically underserved areas of the country.

Isn't that wonderful? In this way, we get doctors in places that need them most and they don't have to worry about being in debt for years to come.