Everything You Miss About New Jersey Once You Leave

Everything You Miss About New Jersey Once You Leave

It's a lot more than just "The Garden State"
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New Jersey is pretty awesome. Okay, correction: New Jersey is actually an incredible place to call home. Though everyone who lives in New Jersey might complain about how there's nothing to do and how boring it is, once you leave, you find yourself missing it. Suddenly, when you talk to people from other states or other countries, you catch yourself bragging about the good ole' Garden State. Here a just a few things are missed the most when you call any other place home for a while.


Wawa

Some call it a convenience store, to others it's a religion. Either way, you miss it. Wawa is the only place in the world that can even the craziest of people become civilized. Go into a Wawa and see to the extremities people will go to hold the door for you. You most don't realize how much you can miss a Wawa coffee and hoagie until you don't have to option to have it anymore.


Malls

From the high-class Short Hills to the less than impressive Ocean County, malls in New Jersey are something else. Anyone who's graduated from a NJ high school has at least one story involving a group of friends and a mall on a weekend afternoon.


Highways

And by this I do not mean the traffic, which NJ is also known for, especially since our state has been under construction since 1787. You miss driving down the Garden State Parkway, blasting your music, going 20 over the speed limit yet someone is still passing you on the left. You miss being able to get off in less than 3 miles if you miss your turn because NJ highways have a ton of exits (Trust me, in a lot states there's only an exit every 25 miles)


The Beaches

So what if there are other beaches in the world? There's a reason our Jersey SHORE is so well known and loved and it goes beyond Snooki and Pauly D.


Pizza, Bagels, Pork roll

Any New Yorker will argue that they have the best pizza and bagels in the world, but New Jersey's are not bad. Plus in every town, there's that one pizza parlor or that one bagel store that everyone orders from, and you know in your heart that it's the best of the best. Pork roll is a Jersey' staple you can't get it many other places in the world the way we have it in NJ. And yes… it is PORK ROLL!


The Weather

I have always loved that NJ got all four seasons, makes for the most well-rounded wardrobe.


Close proximity to major cities

New York and Philadelphia are easy rides from most locations in New Jersey, making them perfect for a quick getaway. Christmas in New York for the winter and Philly on the Fourth of July in the summer. Who could go wrong?


Attitude and Accents

Jersey is great because you can go to south jersey and hear one thing, but go to North Jersey and it sounds like a scene out of the Sopranos. There is most definitely a "Jersey attitude" that defines many of its residents. We move quick, drink our coffee strong, and don't hold back on our opinions.


Moral of the story, don't take New Jersey for granted. The armpit of America might not have been the worst place to grow up.

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If You Give A Girl A Little Brother

You've given her the world.
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I remember back to my childhood, standing at the top of the steps yelling down to my parents "Why did you decide to have another child?" I remember riding in the backseat yelling "Mom, was I not good enough for you?" as my brother threw snow at me .

I remember crying when my mom made us share our first cell phone. I remember playing in a pool at a waterpark, and my dad couldn't play with me because my brother couldn't swim and needed my dad to be with him. I played by myself, thinking "They must have not wanted a girl when they only pay attention to him."

But now, at almost 22, I realized that the best gift God has ever given me was my little brother.

Give a girl a little brother, and you give her a pain in her ass.

Oh, he'll be annoying. He'll get in the shower just because you said you were going to. He'll start talking every time you do. He'll pull stupid pranks, he'll make you listen to bogus music, he'll make you watch stupid tv shows, he'll smell up the bathroom (and probably smell himself.) and boy, I promise there will be day's you will resent him. But he's just training for living with your husband one day.

Give a girl a little brother, and you give her a role.

As a big sister, I had somebody copying all my moves. If I did something, so did he. If I didn't eat something, neither did he. If I didn't like somebody neither did he. He was like a little shadow that did everything I did, so I was always motivated to make good choices and make him proud of me.

Give a girl a little brother, and you give her a rough side.

I wouldn't have done half the things I did if it wasn't for him. Play basketball in the drive way, spend hours on our bikes, spend the summer days in the pool, or down at the park. I wouldn't have learned that it's okay to get in the dirt and have some fun. I wouldn't have played half the made up, imaginary games we played every day. I wouldn't have played with Hot Wheels, or Lincoln Logs, or Leggo's. I would have played with Barbies by myself all day long, and what's the fun in that?

Give a girl a little brother, and you give her the best friend she'll ever have.

In the end, when our parent's both pass away, I won't be alone, because I will have my little brother. When the world gets tough, and everyone turns away from me, he will always be there. No matter where he end's up in life, I know he will drop everything and come running when I'm in need.

For Christmas this year, I bought my brother his first tattoo. We got matching tattoo's on our sides. Our lives our different now, because we're grown up and live on opposite sides of the state. But no matter where we go in life, if we look up, we will be looking at the same sun and moon. We are made up of the same matter, 'made' by the same people, and love each other more than I think we'd like to admit.

Alex is my true other-half.

Give a girl a little brother, and you made her whole.

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10 Signs You're From New Hampshire, Wickedly So

I'm never cold, apparently.

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I have been told that everyone from New Hampshire is always obsessed with New Hampshire; I can't blame them since is it a wicked cool state. If you or someone you know is from New Hampshire I guarantee these are 10 things they can relate to:

1. You love Aroma Joe's.

Anyone not from the northern New England area probably has no idea what Aroma Joe's is. It's basically the Starbuck of New Hampshire. Known for flavored coffee and energy drinks all Rush. Every other high school student would stroll in late to school with the iconic Aroma Joe's foam cups (which have now been changed to clear plastic to help the environment).

2. The Sheetz and Wawa's debate means nothing to you.

There is a huge debate among select states over which GAS STATION has better food. Yeah, weird right? Of course, we New Hampshire citizens have spent our fair share of time at the Chill Zone at a Cumberland Farms or 7/11 but getting real food from a gas station is a whole other story.

3. You know what fried dough is.

One of the most shocking things I learned while living out of state is that not everyone knows what fried dough is. They have a similar treat called Funnel cake (which I had heard of but never actually ordered somewhere before moving to PA) and I assure you we are not missing out because fried dough definitely takes the win.

4. You pronounce Reese wrong.

In New Hampshire everyone (including myself) pronounces it "Rees-EES," but after highly offending some Hershey, Pennsylvania residents and a heated debate I have finally admitted defeat that the true pronunciation is "Rees-IS." But I will always say "Rees-EES" because to me, that is what it is called.

5. You use the word wicked a lot .

I honestly didn't believe it when people told me the word "wicked" was a New England thing. Majority of people understand the meaning but are just shocked by how frequently I use the word. But in the past, people have actually asked me what it meant!

6. When you say it's winter you actually mean it...

I am talking temperatures in single digits or even the negatives, multiple feet of snow that doesn't melt for months and snow storms that resemble blizzards. I have been to parts of the country where people freak out about two inches of snow that melts within 48 hours and are wearing winter coats when it's in the upper to mid 50 degrees.

7. People assume that you don't get cold.

Don't get me wrong, New Hampshire residents have to go through some tough winters but that doesn't mean we don't get cold! Yes, we need to wear a jacket when it's below freezing too! We are just less bothered by snow.

8. A beach day isn't a big deal.

Some parts of New Hampshire are further from the beach than others but overall the drive shouldn't be that bad. After working full time all summer and only making it to the beach about five, I was shocked when people kept telling me how exciting my summer looked via social media. Then I was reminded that for some people the closest beach is hours away and they are lucky if they make it there once.

9. Everyone assumes you ski or snowboard.

Don't get me wrong, A LOT of New Hampshire residents grew up either snowboarding or skiing, but for those of you who didn't (me), everyone is always shocked.

10. You love your state.

People actually make fun of me for how much state pride I have. I love the beautiful colors in the fall to the mountain views in the north and the ocean sunsets that you can't see anywhere else; no matter where I live no state will match up to how gorgeous New Hampshire is.

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