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Old ESSO station in WV

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Located in kingwood, WV is an old ESSO gas station where old gas station memorabilia is displayed out in the open. Apparently the owner is a collector of gas station artifacts, judging by a sign in the window seeking such items. The Esso brand is the international brand name for ExxonMobil and originated when it was known as the Standard OIl company (Esso is the phonetic of their initials, S O). In 1972 the ESSO brand was largely converted to the ExxonMobile name, but in the rest of the world it remains the brand name for ExxonMobile.

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The Roadside Diner(saur)

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The RoadSide Diner is located at the circle at the intersection of Route 33 & 34 in Wall, NJ. It is a quaint little diner only open for breakfast and lunch and its well liked in the community. What sets it apart from other diners is the present of a dinosaur in its parking lot. Created by renowned local artist Jim Gary, the aptly named Diner-saur, was placed here because this was one of his favorite places to eat. Ever since 1993 it was here unless it was on loan somewhere. The stegosaurus has become a permanent fixture here since Gary’s death in 2005. Gary was most famous for his lifesize dinsosaurs that he made out of car parts, many of which can easily be identified upon close inspection.

Since most of Gary’s dinosaurs are now on semi-permanent display at the Science Museum of Tallahassee, if you want to see one of his works up close this is one of your few opportunities. Besides, you can stop in and get some good old fashioned comfort food at the same time. Just make sure to check their hours, they don’t do dinner.

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my girlfriend posing with the diner-saur

Jim Gary on wikipedia

WAWA is expanding in northern NJ

WAWA is expanding in northern NJ

It is a beautiful day when WAWA opens a store in northern NJ. If you lived north of 195 you really didnt get much chance to shop at WAWA. There’s hundreds of them thruout southern NJ, but virtually none north of Monmouth county. One opened in parsipanny 2 years ago and I am lucky enough to drive past it to work every day, but for most residents of northern NJ, WAWA is a treat you only get when you go down the shore in the summer. 

No more.

Today they opened a store in Kearny and dozens more are planned thruout the northern part of the state. This is truly a fine day. 

But I’m still calling them subs, I don’t care what they call them down south.

at a mall in atlantic county….

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Fountains of Wayne is out of business

Stocks gets liquidated at auction

I wish I had known cause I could use some outdoor patio furniture. That said, this is kind of sad. It was kind of an icon, located on Route 46 in totowa just before the Willowbrook Mall and spaghetti junction. They were the inspiration for the band which bears their name, Fountains of Wayne. Lead singer Adam Schleinger is rumored to be related to one of the owners, but that’s just an urban legend. They just lived in Wayne and thought it was a cool name. There are stranger ways to pick a band name….

that’s jersey for ya: always contradictory

NJ does turn around, won’t ban brazillian waxing after all

Decides it’s a non-issue

New Jersey is smoothing out differences over a plan to ban bare-it-all bikini waxing. The state on Friday decided to reverse course on the proposal after angry salon owners complained about losing business ahead of swimsuit season. “It was an unnecessary issue,” said spa owner Linda Orsuto. “In New Jersey especially, where the government has been picking our pockets for so long, it was like, ‘Just stay out of our pants, will you?”‘

The state Cosmetology and Hairstyling Board proposed banning so-called “Brazilian” bikini waxing after two women were hospitalized for infections following the procedure. On Friday, Consumer Affairs Director David Szuchman effectively killed the plan. In a letter to the board, Szuchman says he won’t support the ban, and since his office oversees the board, the ban would never be approved. “Many commenters have noted that the procedure can be safely performed. I, therefore, believe that there are alternate means to address any public health issues identified by the board,” Szuchman wrote the board. He encouraged the board to “to begin an immediate review of the training necessary to safely provide this service, and to establish appropriate protocols and safeguards.”

The ban was considered after the women complained to the board about their injuries; one woman filed a lawsuit. Technically, genital waxing has never been allowed in New Jersey — only the face, neck, abdomen, legs and arms are permitted. But because bare-it-all “Brazilians” weren’t specifically banned, state regulators didn’t enforce the law. No other state is known to explicitly ban the procedure, according to cosmetology experts.

Genital waxing can be dangerous because the hot wax can irritate or tear delicate skin in the bikini area, resulting in infections, ingrown hairs and rashes, according to skin care experts. Despite such risks, millions of American women — and some men — choose to have the hair down there ripped away, and a majority of salons in New Jersey offer the procedure for $50 to $60. Salon owners worried that customers would travel across state lines to get the popular — and painful — procedure, or try to wax themselves.

Orsuto, who owns 800 West Salon & Spa in Cherry Hill, a Philadelphia suburb, said was relieved. Orsuto estimated that bikini waxing brought in about $90,000 last year. That’s a substantial amount of business for her salon, which performed about 1,800 treatments — most of which were Brazilian-style. “We were panicking,” she said.