Monthly Archives: June 2011

The “Jersey Girl” mystique

Back in the stone age, before G chat and Facebook updates, there was AOL Instant Messenger. Those of you from New Jersey will remember the following quote that every Jersey Girl posted as her AIM away message at least once during her high school years:

The Jersey Girl mystique is hard to put into words. One would never say earthy-that’s way too California. Gritty gets closer when you understand that a true Jersey Girl sleeps just fine with sand in her bed, but that definition still falls shorter than a pair of faded cutoffs. Jersey Girls go to the beach, or “down the Shore.” They’re not formal. “Casual attire” means shoes are optional. We have perfected the lost art of tanning, and know how to navigate a traffic circle with attitude. We know good corn and tomatoes when we taste them, and we’re never afraid to dance.

This definition encompassed the essence of a Jersey Girl before the likes of Snooki, Real Housewives, and the Sopranos gave it a different meaning. At 15, I lived and died by this mantra. And despite the influx of tourists invading our beaches every summer (read: BENNYs), I know many of us who still embody the true Jersey Girl spirit.*

Here are some photos of the real Jersey Shore sans hairspray and fist pumps:

*even those of us who move to Shreveport, LA.

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Today’s tempting deal from Groupon

Louisiana is known as “A Sportsman’s Paradise” and this motto has been strongly reinforced by the daily Groupons that arrive in my inbox each morning. Very few of the “sporty” deals have yet to appeal to me, but this morning one finally caught my eye. For just $35, I can take an introductory lesson on fly fishing. I don’t think I’ll actually take the plunge and buy it… but the important thing to note here is that I considered it.

UPDATE (6/28/2011): After contemplating this all day (perhaps it was the heat), I decided that I actually was a little curious about fly fishing and I bought it. I figured, “When in Rome Shreveport…”

Stay tuned this summer for a future post: Bavs, Gone Fishing.

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Good-bye, D.C.!

Despite how much I absolutely love this city, it’s time to officially say farewell. The car is packed and I’ll be paying a short visit to Jersey before embarking on new adventures in Shreveport!

(I’m not crazy about this music video, but I really like the song).

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A taste of downtown Shreveport

In case you were wondering what parts of downtown Shreveport looked like, here are some fun clips I discovered of the Riverfront and the Casino District.

And one more for good measure…

…It’s not much longer until I’ll have my own photos/videos to share!

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Sometimes a D.C. tourist

I only have a few more days left in the district, so here are some of my favorite snapshots that I’ve taken in D.C.

The Washington Monument (5/2011)

The Capitol Building (4/2010)

Dupont Circle (4/2010)

Old Ferry Boat on the Canal in Georgetown (4/2010)

The National Cathedral... and the view from my old apartment window (9/2010)

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Greetings from Louisiana

Loving this.

* Available on Etsy from Presse Dufour.

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Conversation with Comcast

Comcast: May I ask why you have chosen to discontinue your current service?

Me: I’m moving out of state.

Comcast: Oh! That’s exciting! Where are you moving?

Me: Shreveport, Louisi–

Comcast [interrupting]: Shreveport, Louisiana!? I was just there visiting friends! It’s amazing. You are so lucky! You know, it’s very up and coming. You will love it there.

*This was the friendliest Customer Service Representative I’ve ever had. And yes, this conversation was real.

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