I've done it a couple times in my life (I'm not proud), and if I can help it, I hope I never have to do it again.
Don't you worry, Garden State. I will never leave you again.
If you haven't already figured it out, I am a proud Jersey girl, born & bred. And when I've been on vacation, or when I went to college, or moved west, my heart literally ached because I missed home so much. Seriously, I'm not exaggerating. The rest of the planet kinda sucks.
This occurred to me yesterday when I drove down 130 to Cinnaminson and managed to see at least one branch of every major franchise in the country. From fast foods to fast lubes to office supplies to pet supplies. It would be impossible to ever use the phrase, "I couldn't find it at the store." You'd be a liar. And that's probably what made me think about how yuck it was to live elsewhere, or even travel anywhere else in the world, and need just about anything. Then having to figure out how to find it. Again, the rest of the planet sucks.
I could go on here with the endless list of reasons of why I love The Jerz (for better or for worse. And worser.) Full service gas, the Turnpike, the Shore, Jackson Outlets, Hoagie Haven, the Jersey Devil, Menlo Park Mall, Teresa Guidice... more reasons per capita than any other state in the union.
But here's the challenge:
Can you complete this phrase using only one person/place/thing. Just one.
"If I had to leave Jersey, I'd miss ____________ ."
Man. I don't even know if I can do it.
Ok, well here's mine:
"If I had to leave Jersey, I'd miss the ATTITUDE."
Can't find it anyplace else in the world, and I'm so frigging proud.
So. Frigging. Proud. (insert fist pump here)