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I feel like I've been punched in the stomach

Thursday, September 12, 2013

No, nothing bad has happened to me. But has anyone seen the news about the fire in Seaside Heights, NJ? Less than a year after Hurricane Sandy? After listening to commercials all summer about how we (New Jerseyans) are "stronger than the storm"?

Here is Funtown Pier taken about 5 years ago:


Here it is as of this evening:


I hope I don't offend anyone with what I am about to say, but Seaside Heights has never been the classiest part of NJ. This is where Snooki hung out with the Jersey Shore crew. I think the whole scene there perpetuates a lot of negative NJ stereotypes, especially with respect to young Italian women. I was there about a month ago after spending a lovely day at Island Beach State Park, which is only a few miles away but worlds apart. I thought Seaside was very depressing and had a long way to go before you could say that it had recovered from the storm.

Nevertheless, Seaside was a fun place. Lots of amusements (games and rides), lots of junk food (zeppoles, fried Oreos, sausage and peppers - everything that a Spark person could ever want LOL). And of course the lovely views of the ocean.

Now, with the fire, I don't know if recovery is possible. Lots of memories down the drain.
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_VALEO_ 9/16/2013 9:45AM

    It's always sad to see a place we know well going up in smoke. :(

Fried Oreos? Seriously? emoticon
I thought Fried Mars bar was the craziest thing possible ever!

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FLORIDASUN 9/15/2013 9:25AM

    My heart breaks to see this happen emoticon and then the suffering from the Colorado flooding also...it's just almost too much to absorb at one time. I wish we could focus on our OWN nation rather than thinking we need to police the world. The Syrian problem is VERY sad...but we have SO much suffering right here at home...when will we focus on our OWN? Just my Sunday point of view for the two cents it's worth. emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 9/14/2013 8:07PM

    I'm so sorry to read this my friend. It just breaks my heart to see what keeps happening to my NJ friends. You're in my thoughts & prayers.

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NEEDTOLOOSE1 9/14/2013 1:36PM

    So sad

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NEWCHINELO 9/13/2013 6:58PM

    So sad!

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RUFFIT 9/13/2013 4:29PM

    We go to Pt. Pleasant almost every year. Sad that this happened. Time will heal like the recovery from Sandy. Glad you are OK. Hugs, Moni

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ZELLAZM 9/13/2013 2:59PM

    This is sad...my sister posted about it on Facebook. She is very much into cat rescue and concerned about all the ferals out there.

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GOULDSGRANITE 9/13/2013 11:05AM

    Sad

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GAYLLYNNE 9/13/2013 9:20AM

    I was watching this last night and it just broke my heart. I am hoping something wonderful comes out of this horror. Just so sad :(

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RASPBERRY56 9/13/2013 7:37AM

    Why couldn't karma do this to corrupt areas, where crime is high, drug use is rampant, political corruption is the norm, and women/children are abused, mistreated and not respected?



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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/13/2013 7:03AM

    The fire has been big news nation wide. It's interesting to hear a local person's perspective. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
Hugs,
Kay

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IMAVISION 9/13/2013 3:39AM

    The fire cannot take away the memories made in the past.

Maybe a rebuild will bring improvements to the area?

God bless!

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RD03875 9/13/2013 12:38AM

    I am so very sorry this happened

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FITFRIT 9/12/2013 11:50PM

    It's just awful!

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KATI5668 9/12/2013 11:39PM

    changes keep happening..nature or mankind..it just seems to never be the same..
perhaps that is good.. with each evolution of an area ..a place ..improvements can be made..new ideas implemented & a new sense of discovery & adventure created.

it is sad to see something destroyed..it is exciting to watch something be built.

Memories are something that we have forever..so nothing is every truly lost..just moved on to another plane...that of memory .

looking forward to what new developments there may be!!!

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SUJUNIOR 9/12/2013 11:33PM

  I heard on the news that they were removing parts of the boardwalk to try to contain the fire.

As for the general character of the place -- have you ever gone to a fancy restaurant or a nice hotel, and you feel like a big clumsy oaf because everything is just PERFECT? Or worse yet, to a friend's house that looks like something out of Better Homes & Gardens and you spend the whole time worried that you'll spill something? My point is that sometimes the best place to be is the one that's less than "perfect." Places like that are what give our country character. They keep us from all the sameness and the stress of always keeping up appearances. They're comfortable, and maybe we even feel a little superior in those surroundings. Whatever the reason, they're no less special than places that are classier, nicer, whatever. You wouldn't want to go to a bachelorette party and drink out of a penis-shaped straw at the Ritz Carlton, right? Of course not. We NEED places to let our hair down, be a little loud, a little raunchy, and let it all hang out.

If it makes you feel any better, there have been other places in the last decade or so that lost their boardwalks and were able to rebuild them better than ever. Things are newer and safer, but the character of these places always shines through.

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LATTELEE 9/12/2013 11:03PM

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