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OMG: Fifty years just slipped away. Does anyone remember Great Eastern Mills in LIttle Falls?? Spent many happy hours at Falls View “one Frenchy one, one all the way.” Ack..I have scrapple and Taylor Ham sent to TN!!! Palisades Park, long gone, but fondly remembered. How about Fat Mikes by Bendix down on Route 17??? Hugs, Joisey, I guess you will always be “home”.
you age 2 years at the dmv getting your plates and registration
you remember fallsview in paterson
when you haven’t had pizza that taste this good since being back in Jersey.
when you have been to the huge state fair and remember every detail.
when you get angry and go off, the jersey in you comes out for real.
You remember where a Rickels used to be.
You know what “The ORANGES, The PLAINFIELDS, The AMBOYS, & The BRUNSWICKS” mean.
You say your from Jersey, not New Jersey.
You know Hoboken was closed when Sinatra died, and you were mourning at the bars.
You move to another state and wonder if they ever heard of a pizzeria. Who needs this chain pizza crap?
You go out of state for college, then transfer out the next semester to a school in Jersey because you realized that there is no place better than Jersey.
You understand that there are no rules to the traffic circles, it is simply a matter of survival of the fastest.
There is as much frustration as there is pride while watching Harold and Kumar, because you know of or have been to at least 4 White castles within 10 minutes from Hoboken.
When you can say a few choice words in at least 3, if not all of the following languages: Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, Italian, Indian, and Yiddish.
You’ve ever been in a fight at D’Jais in Belmar after 5 too many tall red bull and vodkas.
You’ve ever played Sunday afternoon “Beer Bingo” at the Trop, know that the Trop is the Tropical Pub in Belmar, and are saddened that it’s now closed given how many memorable summers you and your friends have spent there.
You can distinguish between the Raritan Valley, New Jersey Coast, and North East Corridor lines, and you know exactly when the last train on each leaves NY Penn Station on a Friday or Saturday night.
You also know that the PATH runs all night to Hoboken, Jersey City and Newark.
You know what “Cape May Diamonds” are.
You know that the 1994 FIFA World Cup game between Ireland and Italy was held at the Giants Stadium (and Ireland won!)
You know highways such as Route 80,”one-nine,” “the parkway,” and “the turnpike,” and you don’t ever drive on “22″ unless you have too.
You have pork roll shipped to you house in Kansas.
You “shut the lights out” when you leave your house instead of turning them off.
You wait ON LINE while the rest of the country waits IN LINE.
You know the Mafia is alive and well… and no, you’re not scared of getting whacked.
You know that Pork Roll is really called Taylor Ham.
You’ve eaten at Jimmy Buff’s and loved it.
You know who Uncle Floyd Vivino is and have watched and/or taped the program
You pronounce the city of Passaic as Pah-sake and not Pah-say-ic!
You know you’re not going to find good pizza anywhere else in the country.
You know the difference between North and South Jersey
You know the Sopranos espisode “Pine Barrens” wasn’t actually filmed in Pine Barrens.
You know where the nearest Jersey Mike’s is to your house.
You know what “Two Guys from Harrison” is/was, or you shopped at “Robert Hall”
You know that the clock at the Tick Tock Diner on Route 3 says “Eat Heavy.”
You know what The Al Alberts Show is and have caught yourself watching it. Be honest!
You’ve been to Bowcraft and Jimmy Buff’s on a class trip…
You have a theory on the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa, having to do with concrete.
You have Wawa Peach Ice Tea mailed to you in Texas.
You have eaten a Double XL pizza with 10 of your friends at Pete & Eldas and are apart of the Double Extra Large Pizza Eaters Club!
You know where Libby’s is.
You remember when downtown Newark had a Macy’s.
When you know that Sandy Hook has the oldest functioning Light House in the country!
You stop everything your doing or saying at the first notes of a mister softy truck coming down your street.
The only place to be after the party was the Peterpank diner.
You risked life & limb bumper skiing down Broadway in Bayonne, NJ
When you know where every Sabrett’s vendor is in at least two counties from where you live
You know the best drink on a hot day was a frosty root beer from stewart’s in spotswood, nj.
You just joined a taylor ham fan club on your facebook site.
You either watched or danced on Discoteen hosted by Zachery on UHF channel 47 in the Sixties, broadcast from the Mosque Theatre in Newark.
You know who Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes are.
You think “I’m Home”, when you see the round white sign on the George Washington Bridge welcoming you to New Jersey.
You know the “parkway way” and the “back way” to get to at least 5 different shore towns, and where at least 3 wawa’s are along the way.
You remember the Rt 9 traffic circle & Freehold Raceway stable area before it became a mall.
You here someone is from Bayonne, and you know your in for a crazy night.
Your town was founded before the country was.
You recognized that Coyote Ugly was filmed in South Amboy. And the opening scene, was actually in a pharmacy.
You have had pizza & zeppolies from Pizza Town on route 46 in elmwood park.
You know where every pot hole is on 22 going through Hillside and Newark.
You can successfully go around the Clark circle without getting into an accident.
You have to explain to someone from out of the country where down the shore is.
You have to explain to an out-of-stater what you mean when you say, “I live around the corner”
When you visit another state and you refer to their six flags amusement park as great adventures.
When you are driving south across the Delaware Memorial Bridge and wish you were back in Jersey
Your fellow New Jerseyite asks where your live and you say “exit 123″ or “exit 11″ .. that’s all…you say nothing else.
You pronounce it “Pateson” with a silent “t” and without the “r” instead of Paterson!
New Jersey is and always will be ‘home’, no matter how far or how long I am away from it. “You know you’re from Jersey when even after 20 years living in another state, when you say ‘I want to go home’, you mean you want to go home to Jersey.”
You know you find lost kids in Seaside at Sumner Ave and the boardwalk.
You can watch movies that take place in Jersey and know instinctively whether or not they were written by a “real” Jerseyan (Kevin Smith movies or Garden State v. Jersey Girl).
You’re taught that red means stop, green means go, and yellow means speed up to make the light.
You know what a Taylor Ham, egg and cheese sandwich is!!!!
You have ever eaten a pork roll egg and cheese and you know it’s not a real one if it doesn’t have TAYLOR HAM.
You have ever eaten zeppoli’s and lemonade while down the shore.
You can spot a benny from a mile away.
1 word, SLIDERS!!!
You know what a ‘Benny’ is!
You tell tourists that we don’t need glass bottom boats in NJ because the fish float on the surface.
You have eaten a meal at Olga’s Diner in Marlton.
You know it’s pronounced “Nork,” not “New-arch.”
you know that Galloping Hill Inn is not a place to rest….and you don’t refer to it as such…you call it Petersons, and know the best hot dogs ever!!!!
You know a hard roll is soft in the middle and only crispy on the outside.
You know which part of newark is bad and which one is worst.
You’ve written poetry about New Jersey.
You know that New Jersey is not all cities and suburbs.
You know that the reddish rocks on the sides of the New Jersey highways are sandstone.
You’ve woken up at 5:30 in the morning to watch a sunrise on the Jersey shore.
You moved to another state as a little kid and still call yourself a New Jerseyan.
You’re Irish and/or Italian.
You know that both California and New Jersey have a “Surf City”.
You’ve tried to grow a palm tree on the Jersey shore.
You’ve been to the YMCA in Ridgewood.
When you know every word to all the bon jovi ‘slippery when wet’ album songs & have drunken bar debates on who is the biggest bon jovi fan.
When after the bars/clubs all you think about is how you can’t wait for the diner. All good nights in jersey must end at a diner!
You know the best hangover food is a porkroll, egg, and cheese on the proper hard bread product.
You absolutely hate it when out-of-staters (especially NYers) are doing 65 and under in the left lane on any highway.
Your grandparents have mouths like truck drivers, even if they weren’t.
You know that the Seville Diner shooting and the mysterious disappearance of the Spotswood diner owners are mafia related.
You’ve been seriously offended when out-of-staters have claimed that jersey is the “armpit of new york.” You don’t like it here? leave
You have tried a canoli at Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken!
You’ve watched the 4th of July fireworks display over downtown Ridgewood.
You’re a Yankees fan who wishes that New Jersey had a baseball team of its own.
You’ve waited in the back of a really long line of people for ice cream at Springer’s.
You’re a Devils fan in Florida.
You think the Nets should move to Newark with the Devils.
You know that you can see NYC from Route 17 in Ramsey.
You spend every week during winter at Mountain Creek.
You know that shops on the Jersey shore sell Christmas items during the summer.
You went to a New Jersey Cardinals baseball game.
You know that there are more rides in the Wildwoods than in Disneyland.
You’ve collected whelks (or scungilli shells) off the Cape May beach at low tide.
If you know the ESSEX HOUSE was across from Lincoln Park.
You and all your Jersey friends are obsessed with the movies “Garden State”, “Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle” and “Clerks,” and when you’re friends from out of state haven’t seen/heard of any of those movies you are in utter shock! You then lecture these out-of-staters on everything jersey (Kevin Smith, Bruce, malls, parkway, whatever comes to mind).
If you know where every WaWa is in your county.
You use the words “up”, “down”, “out” and “back” when discussing directions.
You have been hit on by the creepy guy and/or girl in the car next to yours while sitting in “shore traffic” on a Friday afternoon.
You can attend several different St. Patrick’s day parades in March before the actual St. Patrick’s day has even come around.
You know what a “beach badge” is.
You look up and see the back side of the Statue of Liberty.
While watching the opening of the Sopranos, you keep repeating, “I’ve been there,” over and over.
You attended the NJ Generals games at Giant stadium.
You’re not afraid of anyone, or don’t take any s**t…
You’re actually seen someone drink a “Jersey Turnpike”, made from the drippings in the basin under the bar mixing area metal grate, soaked up with a dirty bar rag and squeezed into a shot glass.
You are driving through the Meadowlands with a friend from out of town and they say, “What’s that smell?” And you say, “What Smell?” – Gloria from Cranford, NJ
You only know two area codes – “201 and 609.”
You know not to drive on 22 through Hillside after a rain storm.
you say “should have went” or “could have came.”
You remember going to Caldor and not Wal-Mart.
You’ve been to a Cumberland Farms but prefer WaWa.
You know what a panzarotti is.
…you HATE it when people hear you’re from Jersey, and they crack, “Oh, New Joisey?” If I lived up in Joisey, I would probably tell you I’m from New York.
You have ever been to Rutt’s at 2:00 in the morning for a couple of Rippers and a side of Onion Rings with Brown Gravy.
You have fond childhood memories of Gingerbread Castle.
You stay right on the tail of the car in front of you when making a left turn on a yellow arrow in order to beat the other direction out or not get the red light.
When you have a BRUCE sighting!
You treat Rt. 22 as if Eastbound and Westbound lanes were both on your side of the road.
The Brendan Byrne Arena will always be the BRENDAN BYRNE ARENA
You don’t have time to read everything on this page!
You know your way around AC.
When someone asks for directions to Highway #19 you know they mean Hwy 1 & 9
If someone says they spend summers at “the Grove,” you’re careful with your language, since they might be very religious, and if living in a tent gets mentioned, you don’t assume they were homeless.
You were 18-21 years old in the 60′s and can name at least five bars that were in New York (when the drinking age there was still 18).
You consider taking your car to inspection one of the traumatic events in an individual’s life.
You rode the cyclone and ate French Fries with vinegar at Palisades Amusement Park.
You know what Take-a-Boost/Drink-a-Toast is and you won’t share. And you are offended when your out of state friends call it flat coke.
You’re aware of the fact that yes, Princeton and Trenton were both technically the capital of the United States for a brief time.
You refer to the East district of Newark as Down Neck and not Ironbound.
You have ordered “2 up and a side of French” at the Bright Spot (a/k/a the greasy spoon) in Kearny at 2 AM
You live in the only State where buttered rolls and coffee are a required breakfast.
You hear the name Brendan Byrne and now exactly where it is and the best route to get there.
You know what Ruts Hut is.
It’s the “Arts Center” and has nothing to do with that bank.
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