Monday, July 31, 2006

Beach Jacuzzis

I was in Atlantic City on Saturday. I had never been there before. Actually I've never been inside a casino before either. So unless you're a big gambler, Atlantic City is kind of a disappointment. I suppose those who have been there will know what I mean. Atlantic City is basically a shantytown with a few giant Trump hotels, a real old-fashioned Boardwalk and outlet stores sandwiched in between. It is not the worst place I have ever seen, and it is certainly much closer for Easterners than Vegas, so it is convenient. But if you are going, don't expect to get "out on the town" much. You'll find yourself walking along the boardwalk maybe once, hitting the seashell-ridden, kind of trashy beach and spending the rest of the time inside your hotel/casino, probably.

Anyhow, me and friend were down there to see Margaret Cho, and even though I had already heard about 70% of her jokes that night, it was still a great time and great to hear her biting social and political commentary. Her best point? It was definitely her assertion that our massage-giving cowboy president just wants to create problems where there are none in issues like gay marriage and immigration to hide how he and our gun-shooting VP have really bungled Iraq.

Overall, it was a very nice day, despite our rather late arrival due to monster traffic on the Garden State Parkway. A stop at one of the Roy Rogers/Cinnabon rest stop oases on the Parkway halfway through the drive provided a nice little stretch and then we were back on the road. When we finally got to Atlantic City, we parked our car and immediately checked out the Boardwalk and the shore. I hadn't been to a beach in ages, and the sand felt good between my toes. I saw a little girl digging a giant hole in the sand, and her brother, who must have been 6 or 7, came running over and asked "What are you building? A Jacuzzi???" So cute.

Now I can mark Atlantic City on my list places that I've been to. I had a somewhat sheltered and privileged upbringing. So this little trip satisfied my morbid curiousity about a somewhat (ok, really) seedy city.

6 comments:

tim said...

Atlantic City?!?!?!?! I hope you showered in disinfectant afterward. Ewwwwww... I loathe that place.

GrooveTheory said...

AC should never be in the same sentence as Vegas. I'm from Jersey and I totally despise that place. I would go, sure! But, to enjoy myself ... HELL NO! The outlets are new (about 2 years), and it's actually nice. But imagine that place years before that ... it's disgusting! UNLESS .. UNLESS, you go to Borgata. Now that's the closest thing to Vegas!

Mr. H.K. said...

Yeah... AC is definitely a "been there, Done that" kinda town....

EM said...

vince is from the AC area. shudder. i took pity on him and married him anyway.

huzzah for margaret cho!

Anonymous said...

From Jayne: Em! Great use of huzzah!! Huzzah for you!!! :-)

Kayo Kid said...

I would only go to Atlantic City to see Margaret Cho, since there is no other reason to go.