Transferring from Lance Corporal Johnson-Campbell to Uncle Patrick
05/20/2010 - 05/20/2010 75 °F
In the last 48 hours I went from being called Lance Cpl. Johnson-Campbell/JC/Radar to Uncle Patrick and let me tell you I like the title.
In the last five years I have come up to visit my sister in New Jersey a few times. Her family was nice enough to have me over for my first Thanksgiving in the Military back 2005, and I came up in 2007 to see my niece, who was born the same day I deployed. I was even lucky enough to see her earlier last year when the newly wedded husband and crew came to Arizona for Thanksgiving.
This will be last time though I stay at the house I've been couch surfing on during family visits. Not because I don't ever plan on coming back to NJ (not that I'm missing much when I'm not here), but they are currently trying to sell the house.
Its funny looking back on the last five years of visiting and see all that has changed. The failed deli building down the street is now a pizzeria/market. Ginuseppe's is a nice mom and pops place with some great pizza. This is the first place I've been to that three pieces put me over the top. The best part of lunch though was the walk..er.. run back. I played freeze tag with my three year old niece and hearing her laugh is just to cute.
For dinner we decided to head to up to Atlantic City and to walk the Boardwalk. Goal number one: get a photo of me and dad under St. James' Place sign and compare to the taken 5 years ago when we came to see Jess graduate from high school. FAILED!
Come to find out all that monopoly money did have some value to it and Atlantic City got a face lift. The ambiance is gone, not to mention the sign and the Korean War Memorial. It's a shame when you can't buy salt water taffy on the boardwalk and the Nathan's Hot Dog looks like they check for collard shirts at the door. It's even worse the war memorial for the "Forgotten War" just disappears. I'm sure some liberal had something to do with that.
Came back and ended the night playing some video games with my brother-in-law. Of course Texeria hit 2 home runs against the Philies in our World Series rematch, of course.