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TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED the 1930's, 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's!!

I got this in an email and couldn't help myself I had add this to the blog. I guess I am one of these people who survived and still living.
TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED the 1930's, 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's!! 

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant. 

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes. 

Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-based paints. 

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking. 
As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags. 

Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat. 

We drank water from t he garden hose and NOT from a bottle. 

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and 
NO ONE actually died from this. 

We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank Kool-aid made with sugar, but we weren't overweight because, 


We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. 

No one was able to reach us all day.And we were O.K. 

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes After running into the bushes a few times, we le arned to solve the problem.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or chat rooms....... 

WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them! 

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever. 

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not poke ou t very many eyes. 

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them! 

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. 
        Imagine that!! 

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law! 

These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!

The past 50 years have been an ex plosion of innovation and new ideas. 

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL! 

If YOU are one of them CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to
grow up as kids, before the lawyer s and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good . 

While you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave (and lucky) their parents were. 

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?! 

NJ Trivia

New Jersey TRIVIA!

1. The NJ State Bug is the honey bee (apis mellifera) designated by the NJ State Legislature in 1974.

2. The NJ State Fruit is the blueberry, designated in 2004 after a campaign of fourth graders at Veteran's memorial Elementary school in Brick new Jersey.

3. The NJ State Vegetable is the "Jersey Tomato", designated in 2005. the tomato, although technically a fruit, is legally considered a vegetable as a result of a 1893 Supreme Court Decision.

4. New Jersey is second only to MIchigan in the production of blueberries.

5. New Jersey is ranked fourth in the country in cranberry production.

6. New Jersey's top five in 1995 agricultural commodities,(excluding horses) were greenhouse and nursery, dairy products, chicken eggs, tomatoes and blueberries.

7. Agriculture in New Jersey ranks third behind pharmaceuticals and tourism in economic benefits to the state.

8. The majority of farms in New Jersey are samll, family run operations. The number of farms in the state has decreased from 26,900 in 1950 to 9,000 in 1995 however productivity per acre has increased.

9. When you see the sign "Jersey Grown" on a plant label you know that the plant was grown right here in the garden state. "Jersey Grown as green as green gets!"

'Twas the night before Christmas (politically correct)

'Twas the night before Christmas and Santa's a wreck.

How to live in a world - that's politically correct?

His workers no longer would answer to Elves, Vertically Challenged they were calling themselves.

And labor conditions at the north pole

Were alleged by the union to stifle the soul.

Four reindeer had vanished, without much propriety, Released to the wilds by the Humane Society.

And equal employment had made it quite clear That Santa had better not use just reindeer.

So Dancer and Donner, Comet and Cupid,

Were replaced with 4 pigs, and that looked darned stupid!

The runners had been removed from his sleigh; The ruts were termed dangerous by the E. P. A.

|And people had started to ring for the cops

When they heard loud noises upon their rooftops.

Secondhand smoke from his pipe had workers all frightened.

His fur-trimmed red suit was judged `Unenlightened'.

And to show you the strangeness of life's ebbs and flows, Rudolf was suing over unauthorized use of his nose And had gone on Geraldo, in front of the whole nation, Demanding millions of bucks for `just' compensation.

So, half of the reindeer were gone; and his wife, Who suddenly said she'd enough of this life, Joined a self-help group, packed, and left in a whiz, Demanding from now on her title was Ms.

And as for the gifts, why, he'd ne'er had a notion That making a choice could cause so much commotion.

Nothing of leather, nothing of fur,

Which meant nothing for him. And nothing for her.

Nothing that might be construed to pollute.

Nothing to aim. Nothing to shoot.

Nothing that clamored or made lots of noise.

Nothing for just girls. Or just for the boys.

Nothing that claimed to be gender specific.

Nothing that's warlike or non-pacific.

No candy or sweets, they were bad for the tooth.

Nothing that seemed to embellish a truth.

|And fairy tales, while not yet forbidden,

Were like Ken and Barbie, better off hidden.

For they raised the hackles of those psychological Who claimed the only good gift was one ecological.

No baseball, no football, someone could get hurt Besides, playing sports exposes kids to dirt.

Dolls were said to be sexist and should be passé And Nintendo would rot your poor brain away.

So Santa just stood there, disheveled, perplexed He just could not figure out what to do next.

He tried to be merry, tried to be gay,

But you've got to be careful with that word today.

His sack was quite empty, limp to the ground Nothing fully acceptable was to be found.

Something special was needed, a gift that he might Give to all without angering the left or the right.

A gift that would satisfy, with no indecision, Each group of people, every religion; Every ethnicity, every hue.

Everyone, everywhere-even you.

So here is that gift, it's price beyond worth.

May you and your loved ones enjoy peace on Earth.

received by email .

Long Branch FREE SUMMER Events Jersey ShoreCast

June 21 to August 30 Thursdays by the sea at Pier Village see earlier post

June 23 Harley Davidosn Motorcycle Cruise Night from 6pm to 10pm. The finest, the wildest hogs in the state can be seen  at Uptown broadway with musice presented by a disc jockey.

June 24 through August 26 Jazz at the beach on Sundays form 7pm to 8:30 pm held at West End at Bright Avenue will include local bands.

July 4 Ocean fest at the boardwalk. Vendors, bands, exhibits galore. All day and into the evening with fireworks and concert at the beach.

July 14 West End Cruise Night from 6pm to 10pm wildly popular classic car show and entertainement with the Cherubs and featuring the Duprees.

July 17, 24, 31 Uptown Tuesday nights 7p three great concerts in the parking lot of St. Lukes church.

Sandy Hook Beach Concert Series

From June 20 to August 29 2007 every Wednesday at 6pm weatehr permitting at Beach Area E on Sandy Hook Top performers will draw thousands for musical entertainment in this beautiful setting. In the past each week over 2,000 people came to listen, dance, relax and enjoy the live music while eating picnic dinners broght from home. For those who want to purchase their food there is a near by snack bar and restrooms. The concerts end promptly at 8:15pm

For weather releated cancellations call 732-291-7733 after 2pm the day of concert or go to


June 20 Philadelphia Funk Authority ( funk/ dance)

June 27 Silver Starlight Orchestra (WWII big Band)

JUly 4 Next Generation Soul (rhythm and blues)

Julyy 11 Cherubs (classic rock)

July 18 Beth Ann Clayton Band (country rock)

July 25 Jobonanno, The Godson of Soul (rock and roll)

August 1 Tim McCloone and th Shirleys (rock/Americana)

August 8 Pat Guadano and the Candle Brothers (folk rock)

August 15 The Robert Murdock Band (British Invasion/60')

August 22 TBD Rain Date

August 29 Jazz Lobsters Big Band (swing)

Just a line....

Just a line to say I’m living

That I’m not among the dead

Though I’m getting more forgetful

And mixed up inside my head.

For sometimes I can not remember

When I stand at the foot of the stairs

If I must go up for something

Or I’ve just come down from there.

And before the fridge so often

My poor mind filled with doubt

Have I just put food away, or

Have I come to take some out?

And there’s times when it’s dark outside

And with my nightcap on my head

I don’t know if I’m retiring

Or just getting out of bed.

So it’s m y turn to write you

There’s no need in getting sore

I may think that I have written

And I don’t want to be a bore.

So, remember I do love you

And wish that you were here

But now it’s nearly mailing time

So I must say goodbye my dear.

There I stood beside the mailbox

With a face so very red

Instead of mailing you my letter

I have opened it instead.

Written to my mom12/8/88 for her birthday card

Get Happy!

I was intrigued when I ran across an article about "7 Ways to Make Yourself Happier in the Next Hour."  The author spent a year testing out the various theories of current scientific studies on happiness, and came up with seven points.  Each of them can help lift your mood and give you a sense of accomplishment.  I wanted to share them with you, so you can try them out for yourself.

    The idea is to try to do as many of them as you can in an hour.

    Boost your energy by getting up and moving around.  Taking a brisk ten-minute walk is best, because when you are moving faster, your metabolism speeds up and the activity is good for your focus and mood and helps you retain information.

    Reach out to friends.  Arrange a lunch date or send an email to someone you haven't seen for a while.  Socializing boosts moods and having close bonds with others is one of the keys to happiness.

    Get an old task out of the way.  If you've been procrastinating about a chore, tackle it now.  Like making that doctor or dental appointment, or arranging to get broken equipment fixed.  You'll feel a sense of relief and a burst of energy.

    Create a calmer environment.  Just clearing some space around you, or getting things in order will give you a sense of serenity.

    Plan some future fun.  Decide to get to that new movie, or order a book you've been wanting to read, or plan an activity with friends or family.  Having fun on a regular basis is necessary to happiness, and anticipation is a part of that.

    Do a good deed.  Something as simple as holding a door for someone or offering praise can help, because the adage "do good, feel good" really works.

    Act happy.  Smile! Just going through the motion of happiness lifts your spirits and makes you more approachable.

Why not give it a try! Get Happy!

What's Your Mantra?

  What's your mantra?  If you don't have one, maybe you'd like to consider making up one of your own.  A mantra is just a word or a phrase that you repeat several times aloud or in your mind that helps bring a sense of calm and peace to you.  "Mantra" literally means "to free from the mind," and that's what it does – repeating a mantra helps banish all those many anxious thoughts or stressful feelings we seem to acquire throughout the day and clears the mind.

    When you repeat a mantra, it has been shown to have a direct impact on the body and emotions.  In studies done of people who repeated their mantras daily, it was found that they had reduced their stress levels and anxiety and increased their sense of well-being.  So you could think of a mantra as your "comfort" words.

    While a mantra can be a prayer, like saying the "Hail Mary" used on a rosary or the "om-mani-padme-om" in Buddhism, a mantra can also be a personal motto, or a phrase that inspires you or that expresses something you believe in.  It could be something like "go with the flow," "all is well," "take it easy," or "love surrounds me."  It's important that whatever you choose is something personal that has meaning for you.

    Saying your mantra daily could even help your heart.  According to a study in a British medical journal, when people recited their mantras, their breathing became more regular and synchronized with their heart rhythms.  This stable respiratory rate is beneficial for long-term heart health.

    You can say your mantra at any time throughout the day, for as long or short a time as you wish.  You can "think" your mantra while waiting somewhere or riding public transportation, or devote some time at home to say it aloud as a form of meditation when you can sit comfortably.

    So, why not give it a try?  Create your own little oasis of peace throughout the day, and you'll be the better for it.

Public Golf Courses Monmouth County


(732) 349-0566

1536 North Bay Ave.

Toms River


Yardage Par: 6,677, Par 72


(732) 269-4460

Tilton Blvd.

Bayville 08721

Yardage Par: 6,325, Par 72


(732) 775-3636

1005 Wickapecko Drive

Wanamassa 07712

Yardage Par: 2,704, Par 35


(732) 920-8899

301 Chambers Bridge Rd.





Yardage Par: 3,916, Par 60


(732) 462-9222

Tee Times (732) 758-8383

92 Mercer Road






Yardage Par: 7,059, Par 72



(732) 938-4771

Tee Times: (732) 758-8383

Squankum-Yellow Brook Rd.





Yardage Par: 6,916, Par 72


(732) 922-2800

210 Jumping

Brook Rd.




Yardage Par: 6,610, Par 72


(732) 542-7666

54 Monmouth Rd





Yardage Par: 6,588, Par 72


(732) 303-9090

40 Route 537





Yardage Par: 6,265, Par 71


(732) 536-7272

1 Covered Bridge





Yardage Par: 4,168, Par 61



(732) 922-4141

Old Corlies Ace.





Yardage Par: 6,294, Par 71


(732) 449-0806

4181 Atlantic Ave





Yardage Par: 5,953, Par 72

Hokey Pokey

Sometimes we need to pause and remember what life is about. There was a great loss recently in the entertainment world. Larry LaPrise, the


native who wrote the song "Hokey Pokey," died at the age of 83.

It was especially difficult for the family.

They had trouble keeping him in the casket. They'd put his left leg
in and....well you know the rest...