Random thoughts

Summer

Long Island, NY
Granted, it often happens while I am in NJ, but still WTF is that?

I haven't passed Elizabeth, NJ in 45 years, but my vote is for the oil refineries. It's a horrendous odor one can never forget.

From Quora:

"The alleged “Jersey Stink” has improved over the years, and what’s left, although not the sweetest of smells, is mostly in the densely populated northeastern and southwestern parts of the state. For example, the area around the NJ Turnpike’s Exit 13A between Elizabeth and Newark includes the largest port on the East Coast, Newark Airport, major rail lines, very densely populated cities, and chemical and petroleum plants; all that can make the area smell like a three-day-old egg salad sandwich. Or worse.

A couple of the likely perpetrators contributing to an odoriferous NJ:
  • The Marshlands, also known as the Meadowlands, a swampy area in northeastern NJ that exposes stinky marsh mud during low tides. Contains copious amounts of decaying plant matter, toxic chemicals, and waste. The area was used as a garbage dump and sewage treatment plant overflows. A ‘rotten egg’ smell indicates the presence of microbes using sulfur instead of oxygen for respiration.
  • Linden / Elizabeth refineries
  • The Anheuser Busch brewery in Newark
  • Build-up of sewer gases, especially in very hot weather
  • Industrial, manufacturing, and food processing smells
  • Superfund and other chemical waste sites.
  • Landfill
  • Sewerage treatment facilities
And … depending on which way the wind is blowing, some of the blame can be placed on New York City’s garbage."

"Because most people who pass through the state are traveling on the two major super highways (the NJ Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway) in one of the most congested and traveled auto corridors not just in the country, but in the world. Close to where those two highways intersect is a glut of smelly oil refineries, swampland, and one of the busiest international airports in the country, Newark-Liberty International. Not the most scenic part of the United States."
 

Shrike

Flower Potted, Maxed & Rio'd
Ah...memories.

Grew up in N. 'Jersey back in the 50's, 60's and 70's

Still remember the wonderful smells in the Secaucus area...among other "interesting" smells closer to where I lived.

Back when 'Jersey had the highest cancer rate in the Country and Passaic County (my county) had the highest

rate in N.J.

And the Passaic River was a top 10 dirtiest river in the country.

Left in '80 never to move back. In a life filled with numerous mistakes, that was not one of them. :nod:
 

VegNVape

Increase The Peace
Company Rep
Hey @BHOMG, ha, yep, I still find that odd and totally unnatural whenever I see it! Thanks for the thread reminder and trip down memory lane :tup:

So, as for my current thread submission, I'm not really asking this of anyone as there are, of course, many reasons but it's something I find myself wondering on far too many occasions (although maybe that says more about me and my opinion of people, more than anything else?):

Why are people, so aften, nice to assholes and assholes to nice people?? :hmm:

That's some fucked up YinYang yo! :ko:

And finally, just cuz it looks so damn nice, here's a little throwback to a wicked 420 at Hyde Park last year . . . .

Holding on tight to lots of happy hazey memories to keep us fueled until the next time!

:peace:
 

Solomon

Talk to the Beard
Thanksgiving is coming soon, and it made me think - what am I thankful for this year? Will my family even HAVE a TG this year?

But if we do (and it might just be wife and I), I think I am most thankful that my daughters and grandkids are all healthy.

Mostly though, thankful to be alive.

As one of those people that would most likely die from COVID, I will appreciate this TG and Xmas like it could be my last.
Not sure if that will make it better or just bittersweet.

But no matter what, I will be glad when 2020 is finally over.
2021 can't possibly be worse, can it?
 

mccringleberry

Well-Known Member
I envy you guys who don't have family or friends with opposing political/religious views. Your views never get challenged, you never have to seek to understand, you never have to work on critical thinking, or learning a new fact that doesn't jive with "your team", you get to stay in your comfy delicate box with your thin skin and unruffled feathers, you've never experienced cognitive dissonance, you never have to learn to coexist with someone who has different views than you (AKA BEING A REAL AMERICAN), you never get proverbially slapped out of your know-it-all derp state, your brain gets put to sleep by confirmation bias and the media's polarization agenda. Must be nice.
 
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mephisto

Well-Known Member
When I was young(er) I worried about my teeth being the correct shade of white. Now that I am old(er) I worry about my eyes being the correct shade of white.
Good thing I can just smile and see that my eyes are still much whiter than my teeth. Hold on mr. Liver, I promise things have changed!
 

arb

Semi shaved ape
Excuse the vernacular, but I would get that pussy fixed! Round these parts people throw unwanted felines out the window
into our yard. We are known as the crazy cat people. Been fixing them and finding homes for them as fast as possible.
Exactly how I got her and she will be fixed along with the pile of kittens.
We have 3 dogs and 4 cats all of which were abandoned on our property or taken from the shelter when it shut down.
No one is more on board the spay and neuter train than us.
😱
 

arb

Semi shaved ape
I got my ballot in the mail here in Wash. State, voted, and dropped off my completed ballot at the courthouse drop box, a few miles from where I live. I'm feeling the Wave.
We also took ours down.
I could give two shits about who any one else votes for or why but I do care about you voting........DO IT!
6 kittens born all still alive and doing very well.
🍉
 

shredder

Well-Known Member
We voted by mail, hand delivered to the post office, as soon as the ballots arrived.
And to the person who stole our Biden sign, its tanglefoot on the sign, that got you all sticky, the replacement has it too. Your welcome, lol.

 

Vitolo

Vaporist
Is it just me or is this forum slowly shrinking and experiencing reduced activity?
The world is in flux, and all are mentally preoccupied with other things, and family matters. We are all still here, but sociopolitical issues have distracted us from speaking about our passions. Not just here... every aspect of life.
I'm feeling the Wave.
Me too.
 
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