Mostly because I live in New Jersey now. Who saw that coming? It was just a couple of years ago that I moved out of Georgia for the first time, and now I've left the Sun Belt far behind. Weird, indeed.
I mean, I do like most of what I've experienced in NJ so far (although some of the drivers around here need to chill the eff out). It's just not a spot I had ever really imagined myself living. Interestingly, there's been a big split in the reactions of folks who I talked to leading up to the move. There was a definite "why in the world would you want to go there?" camp, and an equally passionate group that felt the need to immediately defend the state from its stereotypes.
Please be reminded, as I have been, that it is the Garden State for a reason.
While I'm living in the western part of the state, I have come to realize that pretty much all of North Jersey is considered the New York City area. And though my little borough doesn't feel like NYC at all (I don't think, anyway), the proximity to the big town does have my mind wandering to stuff like...
And anyone happening upon this who is familiar with North Jersey -- got any recommendations on good places to go for geeky goodness around here?