Asbury Park has changed soooo much since we left here 14 years ago. Then, it was sad and sort of scary. When I used to stop by the Asbury Park Police Department each week to look at their blotter (I was a reporter at the Asbury Park Press), I made sure that there was nothing that looked like it could be worth anything in my car, even though I was parked in the PD parking lot. Not kidding.
Today, there are all kinds of new businesses, shops and restaurants, the boardwalk is a lively, friendly place instead of a virtual wasteland. AThe seeds of this change had been barely planted when we lived here; it was exciting to see that they had come to fruition.
Anyhoo...this was a midway stop on our little nostalgia tour of Central New Jersey last Sunday. You'll be shocked to hear that it involved food and walking. We picked up a rental car from the airport and drove to Red Bank, which anyone who is a fan of Kevin Smith movies would recognize. Especially "Dogma." For old time's sake, we stopped in at the Broadway Diner for a late breakfast, and had no trouble getting a booth thanks to competition from a street fair outside.
From there it was back to the Newark airport, which was down to one runway which made our plane leave more than three hours late. Gah! Nevertheless, we had a great trip, with delicious food and lots of sightseeing by foot. That's my kind of vacation!
I have a column in The Seattle Times this Sunday (on how to choose and use the right fat or oil for the right job) and will have some related content on the blog next week. Until then, have a great weekend!