Jul. 22nd, 2012

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Today serves as a further reminder that I need to experience life outside NJ.  And why do u ask?  What is so craptastic about NJ?  Well, let's see. 
- You actually have to pay to go anywhere.  Not just gas; the two main highways that criss cross the state are toll roads.  Also, in order to leave the state, you have to pay another toll.  And forget going to NYC.  The cheapest way for me to go to NYC is by bus from my place, and that is $25.  Otherwise, I take a train and pay more for parking.  I did not even get into paying for touristy stuff in NYC since, it is to be expected that stuff is uberexpensive. 
- You have to pay for parking.  I have learned to suck up the inevitable parking meters in practically every city.  What I'm talking about is the $10 or more parking spots at the shore.  I know I need to expect paying $20 or more for parking in a major city.  but the shore?  wtf??
- you need to pay to use the beach.  Sometimes as much as $10 for a day pass. 

 

Imagine my surprise when I went to California, went to the Santa Monica Pier, and asked, "How much are beach tags?". Nothing.  Squat.  Zilcherino.  I didn't even pay for parking!!  not even a meter!!  In LA, which I am sure is overpriced in its own regard but still. 
not that I would live in or move to LA.  Maybe San Diego but I.gotta try the place out. or Anywhere on the West coast. 

 

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