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Old 06-06-2019, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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AC is not what it used to be.
Yup. Too much competition from casinos in nearby states coupled with the reality of glitz and flash in the first two or three boulevards inland from the boardwalk suddenly descending into the burnt-out crime-ridden ghetto that's the rest of the city.

But--Jdawg, you live out on the Island, right? Do you think LISK (the Long Island Serial Killer) is the same one who murdered the four prostitutes in A.C.? M.O./disposal of the bodies is eerily similar.

(Perhaps we need a thread on True Crime Tourism...)
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Old 06-06-2019, 09:41 AM
 
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I would have absolutely no interest in going to a mall, no matter how big and famous it was.

If I absolutely have to go to one, I make sure I go on off-hours when fewer people are around so I can park close and get in and get out.
I feel the same. When I worked in Houston for 6 months, everyone went on and on about the Galleria, so I went. Was no different than any other mall that has fancy stores. I had a lot more fun going to consignment shops, there were more there than anywhere Iíve ever been, some areas had a dozen within a few blocks. Some cheap, some with designer duds where you had to be buzzed in. I also had fun at the supermarket, where I got drunk at the multiple Margarita and wine free sample tables, lol. They donít sell booze in NJ supermarkets, so it was novel to me. But the mall was a total waste of time.
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Old 06-06-2019, 10:32 AM
 
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I wish that whole area was more of a well-kept secret. The Amish don't seem to like people from modern civilization intruding on their turf.

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Well, it's not that simple. Fact is, this is one of the weathiest religious communities anywhere, and much of that success is a direct result of seventy years of cultivating a relationship with the tourist community. The entire county has some of the tightest farmland preservation standards in the nation, and the Amish are far from wallflowers, being overrun by the hoards of English. Folks here will put a small rural home up for auction, and if an Amishman wants it, he will have no problem with paying 15-50% more than appraised value to get it. This area is home to some of the most valuable farmland in North America, mostly because the Amish want it, and have the money to spend whatever it takes to buy it. They can jump the Susquehanna river to the west, and find the same dirt for 65-75% less in York county, but that's not as desirable as being here. The Amish are exceptional capitalists. They work hard, save and build their net worth, refrain from doing stupid things with their money, and generally succeed at everything they take a shot at. Most of that success is dependent on being deeply intertwined with modern civilization. Everything is on their terms when it comes to how wide to open that door to modernity, but don't kid yourself, they are sharp as a knife and very much involved in our world.

I spend a significant amount of my personal budget doing business with Amish and Mennonite folks, everything from food and hardware, to building supplies and services. We happily exchange a fair amount of cash for quality goods and services. Those transactions are about as far from intruding as it gets. I have neighbors that just opened up a creamery/ice cream shop on their Amish farm. They are doing extremely well. Driving past their farm, it's plain to see that nothing says "we would prefer to not be bothered by modern civilization on our farm" like a BUSES WELCOMED sign at the end of end of their driveway, lol.
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Old 06-06-2019, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Williamsburg, VA
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When I lived in Northern VA, I was only about five minutes from the HUGE 400 store Tysons Corner Shopping Center. Yes, it is popular but I would talk to countless people who lived just minutes from the Mall and had never been there. I would ask them if there was ever a day or evening when they just wanted to walk around and people watch. Maybe they were bored or just needed something to do. Why didn't they just check out Tysons Corner to see what all the talk is about? They never bothered. OMG!

Seriously, OP? Some people don't feel like walking around a shopping mall and this deserves an OMG? With an exclamation point, for extra drama, I see. Give me a break. Lots of people don't like malls, that's nothing new. Maybe they don't like the crazy traffic near Tysons, maybe they don't like mall parking lots, maybe they'd rather read a book or go out for coffee with a friend or go for a walk, maybe they've seen mall stores a hundred times (it's not like Tyson's has anything that unusual) We lived in northern VA for 20+ years and I've only been to Tysons Mall maybe 5-6 times. It's not that exciting.


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Maybe they were bored or just needed something to do. Why didn't they just check out Tysons Corner to see what all the talk is about? They never bothered. OMG!

Or maybe they didn't get bored, and didn't need something to do. Believe it or not, many people have really fully lives. And if they did have some spare time they needed to fill, there are plenty of other things in the DC area they might do besides going to a mall.

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Old 06-06-2019, 01:31 PM
 
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I think most of the people who do not travel outside their immediate community, are intellectually lazy and just don't have any interest in the world outside of their family and friends. How sad!
Wow! Aren't you judgmental? Why would care what other's do?

I grew up in the DC area and we went to every single one of the places you mentioned. So did all my friends. Does that prove we were not 'intellectually lazy"? I've been to every state and most of Europe. Does that somehow make me superior to those who don't travel?

Why is 'sad' that some people like to travel and some don't? And why do you make such negative judgments about them? I am beginning to understand why people find you 'odd'. No one enjoys being judged negatively.
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Old 06-06-2019, 01:56 PM
 
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When I lived in Northern VA, I was only about five minutes from the HUGE 400 store Tysons Corner Shopping Center. Yes, it is popular but I would talk to countless people who lived just minutes from the Mall and had never been there. I would ask them if there was ever a day or evening when they just wanted to walk around and people watch. Maybe they were bored or just needed something to do. Why didn't they just check out Tysons Corner to see what all the talk is about? They never bothered. OMG!
Where did the shop? Since Tysons was the largest mall in NOVA I went there very often. Does that make me superior because I frequented a mall?
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Old 06-06-2019, 02:40 PM
 
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Wow! Aren't you judgmental? Why would care what other's do?

I grew up in the DC area and we went to every single one of the places you mentioned. So did all my friends. Does that prove we were not 'intellectually lazy"? I've been to every state and most of Europe. Does that somehow make me superior to those who don't travel?

Why is 'sad' that some people like to travel and some don't? And why do you make such negative judgments about them? I am beginning to understand why people find you 'odd'. No one enjoys being judged negatively.

The part that gets me.. There's so much to do just in the DC area.


A couple of stories.. I can't remember exactly where it was, but my dad and I tracked down where the Enola Gay was.. This was back in the 80's.. Well before the Annex out at Dulles was displaying it.. We went out to where it was to see it. It was in pieces, but..

We tracked down the location of the hangings of the conspirators of the Lincoln assassination and found that spot.

Even when I was in high school, on some days off I'd ride the metro into DC and just go to the Smithsonians for the day. During the summers I'd ride the metro to the Pentagon and meet him for lunch. Don't know if it's still there and used the same, but the area in the center of the pentagon used to be basically like a park.

We.. And I don't recommend this one.. We went out on Fort Belvoir to the parade grounds with metal detectors. We then were accosted by MPs.. Once they saw my dad was a full Colonel.. They became MUCH more friendly, but still asked us to not do that there because that area at one time was a munitions range.


But.. There's just so much to do in the DC area. Now, we did a few things outside the area.. We went out to Luray to the caverns.. And we did take the train up to New York for a weekend. But DC is really one of the areas that you DON'T have to go more than 50 miles or so.. Of course you do for certain things.. Beach and the like, but.. You'll never want for things to do in the DC metro.
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Old 06-07-2019, 09:39 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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Well, it's not that simple. Fact is, this is one of the weathiest religious communities anywhere, and much of that success is a direct result of seventy years of cultivating a relationship with the tourist community. The entire county has some of the tightest farmland preservation standards in the nation, and the Amish are far from wallflowers, being overrun by the hoards of English. Folks here will put a small rural home up for auction, and if an Amishman wants it, he will have no problem with paying 15-50% more than appraised value to get it. This area is home to some of the most valuable farmland in North America, mostly because the Amish want it, and have the money to spend whatever it takes to buy it. They can jump the Susquehanna river to the west, and find the same dirt for 65-75% less in York county, but that's not as desirable as being here. The Amish are exceptional capitalists. They work hard, save and build their net worth, refrain from doing stupid things with their money, and generally succeed at everything they take a shot at. Most of that success is dependent on being deeply intertwined with modern civilization. Everything is on their terms when it comes to how wide to open that door to modernity, but don't kid yourself, they are sharp as a knife and very much involved in our world.

I spend a significant amount of my personal budget doing business with Amish and Mennonite folks, everything from food and hardware, to building supplies and services. We happily exchange a fair amount of cash for quality goods and services. Those transactions are about as far from intruding as it gets. I have neighbors that just opened up a creamery/ice cream shop on their Amish farm. They are doing extremely well. Driving past their farm, it's plain to see that nothing says "we would prefer to not be bothered by modern civilization on our farm" like a BUSES WELCOMED sign at the end of end of their driveway, lol.
Whenever I am over there, I like to look for those hole-in-the-wall places.

There is a place off of Rte. 772 that has some good pies and things like that, for example.
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Old 06-07-2019, 04:54 PM
 
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Whenever I am over there, I like to look for those hole-in-the-wall places.

There is a place off of Rte. 772 that has some good pies and things like that, for example.
Lots of opportunities for that kind of trade. Every spring I plant 150-200 new flowers. I pay 50-80% less than retail, and only deal with Amish growers. Nothing like handing a twenty over, and walking away with 100 healthy petunia plants.
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Old 06-07-2019, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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The part that gets me.. There's so much to do just in the DC area.


A couple of stories.. I can't remember exactly where it was, but my dad and I tracked down where the Enola Gay was.. This was back in the 80's.. Well before the Annex out at Dulles was displaying it.. We went out to where it was to see it. It was in pieces, but..

We tracked down the location of the hangings of the conspirators of the Lincoln assassination and found that spot.

Even when I was in high school, on some days off I'd ride the metro into DC and just go to the Smithsonians for the day. During the summers I'd ride the metro to the Pentagon and meet him for lunch. Don't know if it's still there and used the same, but the area in the center of the pentagon used to be basically like a park.

We.. And I don't recommend this one.. We went out on Fort Belvoir to the parade grounds with metal detectors. We then were accosted by MPs.. Once they saw my dad was a full Colonel.. They became MUCH more friendly, but still asked us to not do that there because that area at one time was a munitions range.


But.. There's just so much to do in the DC area. Now, we did a few things outside the area.. We went out to Luray to the caverns.. And we did take the train up to New York for a weekend. But DC is really one of the areas that you DON'T have to go more than 50 miles or so.. Of course you do for certain things.. Beach and the like, but.. You'll never want for things to do in the DC metro.
Now THAT is cool.
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