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There's still time to spend money you don't have on a vacation

There's still time to spend money you don't have on a vacation
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

There is still time remaining for summer vacation, a time which all hard working Americans have been planning and looking forward to all year. Until they remember that it required them to leave the house.

A recent Associated Press poll (margin of error approximately 47½ percent) said that four out of five Americans are worried about the economy and terrorism these days, but aren't going to cancel their vacation plans. That fifth person just slipped into a coma at the kitchen table while figuring out his monthly credit card bills.

People often disregard budget concerns at vacation time. They say it's been a rough year, darn it, and we owe this to ourselves. This year many of us have had unemployment concerns, been deeply troubled by the war, and even faced the annoyance of Snooki. So we're not going to let a minor inconvenience like a third degree burn from a smoldering mass of credit cards in the wallet of our back pocket spoil our vacation enjoyment.

Due to these economic pressures, many of us have just begun new jobs where we rank rather far down on the seniority list used to decide preferred vacation time. We are often left with the highly coveted week of November 1 to 7 to work on our tans at our summer beach house.

 

Michele’s Fabrics is best kept secret of home decorators

Michele’s Fabrics is best kept secret of home decorators

New Jersey mill's retail outlet has a treasure trove of high end fabrics at fantastic prices

BY MARGARET MORGAN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Tucked away in an industrial park in Lakewood, N.J. is a fabric mill,...

In search of our New Jersey song

In search of our New Jersey song
BY ERIC MODEL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
JOURNEYS INTO NEW JERSEY

Contemplate this. Let's imagine that you're driving along an interstate or some back road, and you suddenly come across one of those signs we...

My message in a bottle for my neighbor, the president

My message in a bottle for my neighbor, the president
BY SUSIE WILSON
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
SEX MATTERS

For the next ten days, President Obama will be my neighbor on Martha's Vineyard. He's not going to be what you call a cheek-by-jowl neighbor. Although we...

New Jersey author probes his family's past

New Jersey author probes his family's past
BY JOE TYRRELL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Like many Americans, Dave Stroebel of Freehold Township wanted to learn more about his immigrant forebears.

What he found "has all the earmarks of another 'Anastasia,...

Snooki, annoying? That’s a crime!

Snooki, annoying? That’s a crime!
BY PAM LOBLEY
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
NOW THAT'S FUNNY

The "Jersey Shore" star Snooki is facing three charges subsequent to her arrest last month: disorderly conduct, creating a public nuisance, and annoyi...

New Jersey's Boardwalk Pinball Museum

New Jersey's Boardwalk Pinball Museum
BY ERIC MODEL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
JOURNEYS INTO NEW JERSEY

I recently read a newspaper piece about it being the 30th anniversary of PacMan, that famous arcade game that became an icon of the 1980's pop...

N.J. library patron overstays welcome; eats and reads well

N.J. library patron overstays welcome; eats and reads well
BY PAT SUMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Think about it. If you were young, homeless and possessed intellectual curiosity, where could you hang out while pulling your life together?

No need to camp under a R...

The plank in the Paterson Plank Road

The plank in the Paterson Plank Road
BY ERIC MODEL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
JOURNEYS INTO NEW JERSEY

To most it's a roadside sign near the Meadowlands sports complex -- Paterson Plank Road -- or a bus stop on the 135 line. But in a different e...

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