November 7, 2004

Sunday With The “Usuals”.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 2:16 pm

I don’t feel much like writing just about now. Maybe it’s the beautiful weather. Maybe I’m becoming weary of the post-election venom coming from the other side which, from my vantage point, seems to far outweigh in quantity and vigor the gloating coming from our side.

I need a bit of a break from it all.

That’s why spending a few hours with the Usual Suspects at the Post Lounge is what the doctor ordered. I’m quite certain that the talk won’t be political, as I assume that they too are in need of an island of time to talk about other things. The conversational soup will likely contain the following ingredients:

Football: There is almost always a game on, which produces a certain amount of hooting and hollering. It also provides an oppurtunity for the Giants and the Jets fans in the group to berate the other guy’s team.

Music: “Turn that up.” “No, turn that shit down.” “Who the hell changed the Oldies station?” “Turn the damned radio off. I brought a Ray Charles CD with me.” “Don’t any of you guys have a damned MoTown CD. I freakin’ love MoTown.”

Kids: What are they up to? How they have managed to make you happy, or piss you off over the last week?

Grandkids: For those who have them, it’s babysitting, babysitting, babysitting.

Meds: Just about all of us have this in common. It’s always nice to know who’s taking the same stuff for a “side effect check.”

Traffic: You can’t live in New Jersey and not talk about traffic.

Cigars: Who brought what today? There’ll be the usual swapping, sampling and commentary.

Liquor: “Yo, try the Gentleman Jack. It’s good stuff.” “Baloney. Too expensive. Not worth the price. Gimme a Jim Beam and soda.”

Beer: “Budweiser is the KING of beers!” “Bullshit. That stuff is kidney wash, plain and simple.”

Although “politics” will not be on the agenda, we always take time to honor and offer a toast to our men and women in the military who now don the uniforms that we all once wore.

It’s a nice place to be, and, yes, everybody knows your name.


  1. .. one of these days, I swear, I am coming up there…

    Comment by Eric — November 7, 2004 @ 7:59 pm

  2. Eric — You’d be most welcome. We’ll even mak e you an honorary Jersey Guy, if you can properly say, “Haya DOOIN’?”

    Comment by Jim - Parkway Rest Stop — November 7, 2004 @ 8:16 pm

  3. Jim, I’m not sure that’s a fair requirement. I was born here and can’t say “Haya DOOIN” or even a simple “YO!” like a Jersey Girl should sound. Eric, you gotta eat a pork roll and cheese. And drive on the Turnpike. That’ll really make you feel welcome!

    Comment by Shamrock — November 8, 2004 @ 2:42 pm

  4. .. I shall immediately begin re-watching the Sopranos.. and practicing… I’m hitting Newark airport sometime this weekeend… I’ll do a cermonial shot for us both at the bar before boarding…

    … and Shamrock.. what is this porkroll of which you speak?..

    Comment by Eric — November 9, 2004 @ 8:07 am

  5. Eric – Take a look here at the last full paragraph.

    Comment by Jim - Parkway Rest Stop — November 9, 2004 @ 9:26 am

  6. I love Evan Williams and it is cheap.

    Comment by Catfish — November 10, 2004 @ 1:54 am

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