Hey all you Jersey Shore fans. I grew up going to the Jersey Shore way before GTL (gym, tanning, laundry) was made popular by the Situation. Come take a ride with me. Move over all you Jersey Shore wannabees, welcome to the Real Jersey Shore.
Here we go – heading down the Garden State Parkway – South, of course. Sun roof open, music thumping from the 8 track (yup, 8 track), a few stops along the GSP for potty and hello exit 82 . . . we’re almost there.
Everything in its proper place . . . baby oil, beach towels, sun glasses, sand chair, banana boat suntan lotion, oh, and toll money – can’t forget to feed the tolls – we are officially ready and heading to Seaside! The year? Late seventies/early eighties.
We are driving along waiting patiently to see the bridge, there it is . . . windows rolled down (manual roll down of course – no electric windows here) – ah, smell the salty air – see the sparkling waves from the bridge? Sand and surf are definitely not far away. Gotta make sure you’re there for the best tanning hours – 10AM to 2PM.
Here we are – life can begin again. We collect our belongings from the car and walk from one end of the boardwalk to the other. Big decisions are in store . . . what to eat and where to sunbathe. We’re young so we have a little of everything – no food left unturned. Pizza, custard, waffles and ice cream, fudge, salt water taffy for the ride home and yes, the Midway sausage and pepper sandwich which, I swear we smelled when we got off the Parkway. These sandwiches are sure to turn a vegan into a carnivore!
The familiar sights, sounds and smells bombard you from all sides. The carousel pavilion ahead of you, sky ride and fly by ad banners above you, and the ever present and eternally annoying game stand owners calling to you from all sides. I mean really, how many times can you shoot water from a gun into a clown’s mouth?
The same familiar scene every summer . . . . halter tops, terry cloth short shorts, sun tanned bodies all heading to the upscale Sand Tropez beach shop to pick up the latest beach fashion. What will it be this year – signature Jackie O sunglasses?
Rain or shine – doesn’t matter. A trip to the Jersey shore is always a sure thing.