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  1. We go up to visit family in Connecticut each year, and NEVER go through NY City. The usual plan is to go through New Jersey on the Turnpike to the Garden State Parkway, take that over the line into Upstate New York, and then go east (well, really south) on I-87 and across the Tappan Zee Bridge. We take the exit for 287 east to get to 684 North, and take that to I-84 East, which takes you to Hartford, or, if you stay on it, to the Mass Pike. You can also stay on 2878 to get to either I-95 or to the Merritt Parkway (I think).

    So here are a couple of suggestions: Buy a good road atlas and STUDY IT. Keep it with you on your road trips. Also, when you are nearing New York City, put the radio on WCBS 880 AM to get frequent traffic reports (“on the eights”). In New Jersey, 101.5 FM (talk on weekdays, music on weekends) has Jersey traffic every 15 minutes as well.

    OK, I’ve done this too much. Sorry about your having to take the scenic tour of New York. Did you at least get to see the Fresh Kills Landfill in Staten Island? 😉

  2. @yankee phillip:

    Let me see if I understand your colorful phraseology as I respond to your comments:

    I used to be compelled by a previous job to make annual trips to NYC, which was one of the primary reasons I left that employer. My most recent unavoidable visit to NYC, for other reasons, was in 2003.

    During each and every visit throughout the 1990s, I heard Manhattanites griping about how that “fascist” Giuliani was “ruining” their island utopia by turning it into a “police state.” (Actual quotes overheard by me.) In hindsight, maybe these folks have reconsidered their positions, but their whining about the “oppression” of those who they believed should have the right, say, to urinate in the subways, or clog the sidewalks with their counterfeit goods, or indulge their artistic muses with stolen cans of Krylon, made my visits to the island that much more unpleasant. It’s not New York that’s the problem; it’s New Yorkers.

    If NYC is so wonderful now, why are you a former NYer?

    As far as the traffic is concerned, it is my suspicion that everyone is simply trying to leave.

    (Possibly to go buy gas in New Jersey – which brings me to another point: your “reprimand” of Mr. Kilo; he was quoting Ms. Carbone’s original post. I refer you to the paragraph following that quotation:

    “New Jersey brings state paternalism to special low: Self-serve is verboten; you’re not trusted to pump your own gasoline in the state that elects such paragons of personal responsibility as Jon Hot-Wheels Corzine and Jim Down-Low McGreevey. Nuf ced.”

    The point, which Ms. Carbone made effectively yet you failed to comprehend while mis-attributing it to Mr. Kilo, is that the state of New Jersey takes away the consumer’s freedom of choice and compels gasoline sellers to increase their operational overhead by hiring attendants. This is passed on to the consumer in the form of higher gas prices [it makes no difference if the cost of gas in NJ is lower than in NYC; it could be lower still if not for this law] and in the inconvenience of having to wait for the attendant to do a job that most people are ready and willing to do for themselves.)

    Lastly, just as a broken clock is right twice a day, you’re right about Teddy K. The greatest tragedy of the Kennedy brothers is that he’s the one that lived. Ted is the best argument for term limits ever devised. But before I let the pot get away with calling the kettle black, have you taken a good look at New York’s Junior Senator lately?

  3. Yo Tessie, but is der really civilization hidin in Mass, VT, or DC? I tink of de rise and fall of de US is exemplified in Teddy and Massachusetts.
    And Fuggedaboudit, when wuz u lasst in New Yawk? Itz buudiful since Rudy and Bill Bratton let de cops do der jobs.Maybeez dey have a bit of traffic dere. But itz becauz peoplez wants ta be dere.
    By de wayz, I iz a former NYer. and I have no accent,LOL

  4. I have to reprimand Carl for his description of NJ’s gas stations. It is more like passing thru an Eisenhower presidency. They actually fill your gas tank. There is no self serve. The gas is cheaper than most states too. It is on par with VA. When you come thru the Lincoln tunnel from NYC, you fill up your tank at 20 cent per gallon cheaper than NYC

  5. Leslie, I’m so glad you survived a harrowing trip through – egad – all five boroughs of Hell.

    I saw ‘I am Legend’ this weekend. It’s an o.k. movie made worthwhile by Will Smith’s acting, but you may most enjoy the (regrettably only computer-generated) vistas of a deserted Manhattan; I know I did.

    (The movie also opens with a newscaster prediting a Yankees-Cubs World Series. Pure Science Fiction.)

    It really is too bad that New York has interposed itself between New England and the rest of civilization.

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