A Quick Show Around

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Liberty State Park View

Liberty State Park View,
originally uploaded by Mema13.

A few days ago, Carlos’ niece visited us from Florida. It was really fun showing her around Bayonne and other remote places on the greatest planet in the world called, Earth. Right.
Since my poor old putt-putt car is completely out on commission, we had to get around in her car. And the only time that we could see her was late at night, mostly because she is still young and has a nightstalker tendency. Ah, blessed youth. I remember those days…sleeping in…hanging out at night. But I digress.
We drove around locally enjoying all the funny, oddness that New Jersey has to offer. Even though there essentially is nothing open those hours (unlike NYC), we opted to go see the monument that the local yokels are going on and on about that no one else seems to know.
Seen here.  Supposedly, it was a big enough deal to warrant a quick tour-like visit from the former President Clinton who apparently is more popular now that he’s no longer President.  If you haven’t been to see it, then just know that it is located in the most remote place of EVER.  First, be warned that there’s a checkpoint to get to the monument.  I know.  Like you’d be caught stealing a monument.  Puhlease.  Next, a long straight military road in and one out.  In other words, there’s nowhere to run once you’re in.  The rest is finding a weird break in a host of cones set up to like, guide?, you through the straight-line road to an offshoot that leads direct to the monument.  Again, it’s awkward to get to but when you get there, the ride seems worth it.  The monument is a golden monolith surrounding a giant silver teardrop between an intentional break in the center.  This is all supposed to signify the 9/11 tragedy and was donated by of all countries, Russia.  It’s almost as if Russia’s saying, “Yeah you wealthy Americans, eat our creative dust!”  But really, it’s a nice gesture.  Yeah, so the base does have 43 names of people that should not have been included because well, they didn’t die on 9/11.  Big mistake.  A factual error?  But what do you expect from New Jerseyians?  Perfection?  Fuggedaboutit! 

So now, we have The Statue of Liberty (donated by France),  this 9/11 monument (donated by Russia).  What’s next?  A giant Roman sculpture?  A mega-pastry from Germany?  I guess it’s obvious that we get nothing from Sweden.  They’re neutral.

We went, we saw, we forgot our cameras.  Shame, too.  It really was a morbidly nice thing to see.  We ended our tour with some photos like the one above.  Night views from Global and Liberty State Park.  When you’re from Jersey, you don’t really need too much fluff.  That’s what makes us real.  Or, that’s what they say anyways.

So here’s to “Keepin’ It Real”.  Now, pour some Chardonnay out on a carpet for homies lost.  Word.


About Lisa Perez

Lisa M. Perez is a published poet, editor, copywriter, public speaker and artist. The co-creator of the first ever ArtSpace in Jersey City, member of IUOMA (International Union of Mail Artists), and administrator for an online Mail Art group, Lisa supports the arts and advocates for creativity. Her successful, Art Journal and "Notes from my Brain" series are ongoing projects that evolve with the artist. In addition to being an active blogger since 2005, Lisa scripts and edits copy for various online articles and videos. In September 2017, she was a guest-speaker and virtually chaired a YOGA Recovery meeting. In her spare time, Lisa studies, reads, and creates while maintaining a day job in a STEM field and being a full-time fur-mommy to her shih-tzu, Cher.
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