Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Happy Birthday Mom!  

Charcoal Drive-In
Originally uploaded by TheJerseyTomato
We spent the first day of her 7th decade shopping for the store. On the way back, we stopped at the Charcoal Drive-In.

My brother used to stop there on the way home from college (it's a Bieber Bus Terminal) but I hadn't been there in years. Construction made getting to it a bit difficult, but it was worth it. The waitress was a sweetie and the egg salad sandwich hit the spot.

Saturday, July 07, 2007
And now... the Oh-nee-der!  

Joe Grushecky and Fans
Originally uploaded by TheJerseyTomato
Oh yes, that thing you do so well Wonder Bar... presenting music in a nice clean venue with a decent sized stage at one end of the room so everyone has a chance to see the talent (and sit if they want).

Sorry that it took so long to figure out that a block away from the Stone Pony was another venue with just as much history. Especially since you are now on life-support and are scheduled to die at summer's end.

Saw Pittsburgh's own Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers perform. Hung out with the only other two people under the age of 45 who were there (from Europe, they stay at the Jersey shore every year taking in the music scene). Joe Crushecky often has the Boss show up to jam (similar type of music...Juke-style) but he was on vacay with his fam.

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Wednesday, July 04, 2007
A Fourth of Jersey  

Jocky Hollow, NJ
Originally uploaded by TheJerseyTomato
Last year, we marched in the Asbury Park parade with SaveTillie... how can we up the "Jersey-ness" of celebrating Independence Day?

Go hiking at Jocky Hollow! We spent time in the Wick House where the guide filled us in on the life of the wealthy farmer and family who lived there during the Revolutionary War with soldiers in their fields.

Afterwards, we went to the Ford Mansion (aka Washington's Headquarters) in Morristown. We just missed the reading of the Declaration of Independence (we were parking when the muskets went off to signal the end of the ceremony) but were able to take a tour of the mansion. The mansion is only open for special group tours and was closed when we had stopped there last year on our NJ Monthly Race Across the Garden State tour. We got to speak with "General Washington" for a bit and got to see where he hung his hat for a few winters. Not bad, but pretty darn dark.

We finished the day having a BBQ indoors at my mom's house. It had started to pour so we ate around the dining room table (not like the food was any different from what we were supposed to have... Chicken and ribs from the Portuguese place down the road!)

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