Free advice to dudes and dude-presenting folks: don't follow-and-DM ladies and lady-presenting folks with yer zero-post account. You gotta make some public posts (yes, even if it feels like no one is listening to you yet) to show you're a real human being. Then you participate in a *public* conversation. Then maybe you can DM.
(j/k never DM)
(it's not actually a Holiday Inn anymore, it's apartments and stuff, but I can't remember what it's called now)
Southwest sent me an email that used this picture in it but everything but the Holiday Inn in the middle has some kind of blur effect applied and now I have questions. https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/wichita-skyline-and-waterway-gm519865951-49959154
Was there a blurry version with the exact same waves that the photographer licensed more cheaply?
Or did someone blur it to prevent Getty/Tineye/Google Reverse from finding it, and Southwest picked it up from a "public domain images" site (unsuccessful, Tineye at least ID'd it).
We only moved to NJ a few years ago, and only to south Jersey, and were not bar/club people even in our younger years, so I had not heard of D'Jais (which is famous or at least Wikipedia-notable) until today... when I heard two completely unrelated references to it within twenty minutes - one a pre-recorded podcast, the other NJGov: https://www.instagram.com/p/CQbrn1pjlqB/
(We're pretty sure he was fed table scraps before, because he will eat *anything* that comes from the table. Kid is used to offering pestering cats a bite at which point they will leave in disappointment at the lame stuff humans eat, and we are constantly going "Don't feed Poppi that!"/"I didn't think he'd eat it!")
(Cats, man; this is the one that came to us nearly dead of starvation in February 2020, and who has progressed through "I will eat ANYTHING" to "I require a new variety of food every two or three meals" to "I will only eat those dumb plastic single-serve pans of IAMS, and only tuna or salmon flavor.")
Today we're instituting a new rule: I don't feed Poppi another thingy of cat food until he's finished the first one, because by midafternoon he's left enough dried-up scraps to make a whole (single-serving) thingy. So when he pesters for a fresh thingy, I pick up the dish and use the thingy to scrape all the bits into a nice little pile and set it back down, and so far he's a little suspicious but accepts that it meets the minimum standards for him to eat it.
One significant difference: zero Confederate flags on display en route or at the show.
(Just one Trump flag on the way; Salem County bounces back and forth between red and blue. It's Jeff Van Drew's district but it's more the Atlantic-side counties that carried him.)
deer hunting, ew
We made an expedition out to rural South Jersey (our part is an enormous suburb, albeit with occasional farms) for a craft show and were *extremely* reminded of going to the Ozarks for the same sort of thing, such that the accents were VERY jarring. You expect someone to describe a crocheted bottle holder as being for "warter bottles" and instead they're for "wooder bottles."
But the dude out at the end of his driveway on a county road power-washing a deer skull? VERY Ozarks.
food, non-veg, 🇵🇷
There's mofongo down there somewhere. 🤤
(I'm not even sure how I took an entire plate full of pernil off the top, ate more mofongo than I should have in one sitting, and then when I put the pork and the remainder of the mofongo in a to-go box it STILL completely filled it. Pilón was larger on the inside.)
Threw a piece of brown packing paper on the floor for the cats to play with.
If I stick my foot under it and wiggle my toes, Olivia will pounce on them and dig ineffectively at the paper.
If I stick my foot under it and wiggle my toes, Poppi will look at the moving paper, swish his tail... and then turn and chomp me on the shin: "There, I caught it. That was easy."
(The NJ/Delaware border is defined as the low-tide mark on the NJ side, with the result that when the bay was dredged and the Salem Point nuclear plant was built and the resulting dirt was piled up in the bay, Delaware claimed the resulting land. And won.)
Delaware is one of the adjoining states (I was going to say we're separated by Delaware Bay but actually DELAWARE OWNS A PIECE OF THE NEW JERSEY PENINSULA which is wild) but I confess I could not have told you either of their Senators until now. And a week from now I will probably only remember that one is "Oh! That guy with the extremely relatable minivan!"
("relatable" other than I think if I had a chauffeur I would get a newer vehicle for their sake)
I HAD AN EXTREMELY HARD TIME PARSING THAT NAME
Sorry Jodiann, I'm gonna yeet your vibe into the spam folder.
A spam made it to my inbox which seemed odd because it's a super-straightforward "please open the attached purchase order which is actually malware" type (maybe the fact that it's HTML and the payload is probably a click or two away). But the bumph they include to make it look legit *is* pretty great:
"I can vibe out to train as soon as the device is delivered, which usually takes about 1 week."
🥨 👵 🌲 🏖️ On the edge of the Pine Barrens between Philly and the Jersey Shore. Elder nerd. She/her.
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