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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_
    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!
    1677 days ago
    My heart breaks to see this happen emoticon and then the suffering from the Colorado flooding'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
    1678 days ago
    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.
    1679 days ago
    So sad
    1679 days ago
    So sad!
    1680 days ago
    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
    1680 days ago
    This is sister posted about it on Facebook. She is very much into cat rescue and concerned about all the ferals out there.
    1680 days ago
    1680 days ago
    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 :(
    1680 days ago
    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?

    1681 days ago
    The fire has been big news nation wide. It's interesting to hear a local person's perspective. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
    1681 days ago
    The fire cannot take away the memories made in the past.

    Maybe a rebuild will bring improvements to the area?

    God bless!
    1681 days ago
  • RD03875
    I am so very sorry this happened
    1681 days ago
    It's just awful!
    1681 days ago
  • KATI5668
    changes keep happening..nature or just seems to never be the same..
    perhaps that is good.. with each evolution of an area ..a place ..improvements can be ideas implemented & a new sense of discovery & adventure created.

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

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

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

    1681 days ago
    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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