8 Reasons Why The Pre-Season Shore Is Better

8 Reasons Why The Pre-Season Shore Is Superior

I love the shore in all months, but the pre-summer monthss are the best.


Here are eight things that make the shore even better before the season starts.

1. The weather is usually pretty nice.

It may not be gorgeous but it's still nice enough to go outdoors.

2. Stores and restaurants are just beginning to open.

A familiar sight at the Jersey Shore that usually has a line wrapping around the establishment.


Some are open year-round, while some are just starting up for the season; regardless, they are anticipating a new summer season.

3. The peaceful atmosphere.

A serene, painted sunset.

Photo by Amy Oberholtzer

No one screaming, crying, and whining over not getting ice cream.

4. There are no lines for any stores or restaurants currently open.

Usually Manco & Manco pizza in Ocean City, NJ, looks like this on a hot, summer day.

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The worst part about the shore is waiting in line for dinner after an exhausting day outside at the beach.

5. The beach is mostly deserted.

There were only a few people on the beach when this was taken.

Photo by Amy Oberholtzer

It's usually not warm enough to attract droves of people, so you'll definitely have the beach to yourself.

6. Previewing the new/renovated businesses before they're too crowded.

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For me, this is exciting because I get to see what's coming in the summer.

7. The natural beach ecosystem thrives the most.

Seagulls enjoying their freedom.

Photo by Amy Oberholtzer

Nature continues its reign over the beach until Memorial Day Weekend.

8. Traffic to the shore isn't bad yet.

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I mean, traffic is always bad, but most little kids are still in school.

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Do We Really Need All Of These TV Show Reboots?

2019 is the year of TV series reboots.


With the premiere of "Toy Story 4" approaching very soon, I've been thinking about all of these revivals that have been created in the past few years, specifically on television and streaming services.

There has been a trend to take an older TV show that gained much success "back in the day," and either reboot it or develop an entirely new concept, based on the name of the show. While it seemingly sounds like a great idea because of how many accolades it got in the past (and probably will with a revival), the phrase that comes to mind is: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Why ruin a classic TV series with a reboot that will probably leave us very unfulfilled?

Many things in life are done under the influence of money; TV shows and movie sequels are no different. Producers know that if they create another run of "Full House" (even 24 years later), it will do very well; we just can't get enough of the Tanner's. I loved the show as much as the next person, but I feel that the reboot ("Fuller House") falls short because of several factors. Some of these include but are not limited to, the aging cast, and many of the cast members not appearing on the show (or potentially headed for jail). Expectations for these reboots are so high, it makes it nearly impossible to come close to the original series. Streaming services have nothing to lose, since they are more subscription-based, rather than ratings-based.

There are some exceptions to my argument, especially when shows don't exactly have an ending. There was a lot of talk surrounding the cancellation of "Gilmore Girls" because the writer had three words that she wanted to use in the series finale; they never made it onto that final broadcast. That is until the four-part series on Netflix came out a few years ago. We then learned those last three words Amy Sherman-Palladino had saved for us (I won't spoil it for you). In my opinion, "Gilmore Girls" did deserve the sequel, but it still did not give me psychological closure.

With the increased amount of reboots these days, it leaves me wondering if the show creators are even thinking outside the box, since rebooting a series can be "viewed" (no pun intended) as taking the easy way out. Instead of trying to create new content that someday could be considered classics, they are taking old classics and revamping them. While it may seem like a no-lose situation, the bar has already been set so high that it's almost impossible to surpass. On the other hand, some audiences are not as harsh as me and are willing to take what they can get.

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Poetry On Odyssey: The Light That Is Manhattan

A poem about anticipation.


Almost there.

The subway station is cold and narrow

But the staircase is just ahead.

No more corners, maps, or the like,

Just the light at the top of the stairs.

They say this city is filled with dreams.

Desires that may not even exist yet.

Dreams that have yet to be achieved,

or so the glow in front of me says.

The wonder builds as the ambiguous light at the top of the

Subway station stairs get brighter.

These steps are a two way street of

Excitement up

Fulfillment down.

May this light soon turn into

Roaring streets

Calm corners

Tranquil parks, and

dreams obtained.

The bright light I see in front of me is the glow of the city.

32 steps and I'm home.

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