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okay.....raccoon! i almost just said microwave. [Jul. 9th, 2005|01:37 am]
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ahh so it's been a super busy week. i've been procrastinating on updating. but here it is. i got a haircut today. it's the shortest it's been. i like it this way. umm, the waves this afternoon were the best ever. i mean it this time. the paper said 6-12ft this morning but it was only chest-head high. but still perfect.

the last week was one of the most fun times i've ever had. i could not have asked for anything better. gretchen and june came out to visit and everythign was just awesome. i'll try to keep it short because if described in detail it would be my life's work. it was like a movie. right when they got here we went up north to spend a few days at pete's house. i drove in a few circles. we stopped at a grocery store. bought dibs (i recommend) and cookie dough. the first night we wandered around this area of mahwah with a ton of huge houses and explored this "haunted' mansion that's been deserted forever. umm gretchen and i definitely saw two people that were not pete and june at the mansion. spooky. after a bit of creeping ourselves out we went to the diner and then back to pete's and watched the tahoe video..great memories.

monday we went into the city. the second we got off the subway it started pouring. we bought two umbrellas and kept going. hit a costume shop, and then found some awesome place to eat. i went for the grilled cheese/hot chocolate. perfect rainy day lunch. it was all so surreal. after that we headed to a park, some guy totally gave us directions that overheard us arguing about which way it was. that's because gretchen got us karma for saying hi to everyone in new york. hah.  anyway, hit a vintage store, bought a shirt, saw the park, wanted to play the sketchy guys at the tables in chess in the worst way. pete advised me not to. walked back, stopped at urban. bought this PERFECT green ice cream bowl. and a candle made from a coconut. hah we bought this game called battle of the sexes there too and played it that night. pete and i dominated but the girls ended up winning because we are nice and they were lucky :>  oh also went to the best pizza place in the world in mahwah (kinchley's) that night when we got back.

tuesday-picnic fest. pete's incredibly planned out annual event. he made a ton of mixes for everyone. we hit the store, bought sandwich makings and juice boxes. the 4 of us formed an assembly line and made 30 sandwiches in like 10 minutes. it was rad. gretchen's cousin (miss new york) came all the way from the city and met us at pete's then we all went to the park. had an awesome time there. like 50 kids showed up in all. good times. a baseball game was being played. we routed for ramsey. joey was an awesome pitcher. haha.  anyway, saw some old friends and such. then we started driving down to my house. we brought a ton of mixes pete made. all of which were all over the place and incredibly orchestrated. pete has mad talent for making mixes...we talked a bunch and it was just a totally enjoyable drive. hit up the beach when we got down here and just sat on the lifeguard chair staring into the ocean getting bitten by bugs. then watched i <3 huckabees at home.

wednesday was rainy, but we went bowling which was a blast. haha you had to keep your own score. (nj is so ghetto) it was kinda neat that way though except you couldn't always tell how many pins you knocked down. went to a cyber cafe and....oh ate carini's that night. (best restaurant ever) then we all went to the boardwalk. that was awesome. went on the ferris wheel, i won gretchen melmin. wohoo! gretchen and i had an awesome long talk about religion and such, kind of an odd experience, being on a serious topic while everyone else was so carefree and involved in what they were doing. after the boardwalk we went to the beach and just hung out all night. we met this awesome guy rich. he was crazy. i don't know how to describe him exactly, but just a super nice really chill guy.

thursday we went to the beach all day. went to cape may at night. walked around. passed time. rich called us and we met him on the beach again. oh man the drive from cape may back to our beach was amazing. we listened to "explosions in the sky - the only moment alone" and it was just ahh soo fitting. the windows were down. it felt like the car would soon soar into the air. again. like a movie. watched lost in translation that night..

friday we rented jet-skis which was soooo much more fun than i expected. it felt like i was in a minus the bear song. it's just so seemingly simple, and doesn't seem like it'd be that fun, but ahh it was so fun. definitely want to go again. pete and june were on one and gretchen and i on the other. june totally tossed pete. we didn't see it though :< i thought gretchen was a goner a few times but neither of us fell off at all. ahh such a good time. we ate carini's again that night, and then chilled on the beach again. gretchen and i had an awesome talk. the fog rolled in. you couldn't see anything. it was pete's last night :< i was bummed that he had to leave. him and june kinda hit it off (see pictures) :> i think everyone just had a great time and i'm really glad they did. so pete left the next day on the bus :( the next few days, gretchen june and i just went to the beach. my sister-in-law, niece, and nephew came on saturday. we took them miniature golfing. hah saw some kid at the beach that looked EXACTLY like me. it was crazy. june thought it was me at first. ahh. weird. i mean exactly like me. umm we watched troy, and happy gilmore, and rules of attraction...on different days. we were lazy. haha my niece/nephew put on this little song/dance performance. it was so cute. gretchen has informed me that she taught one of them to the whole dance team. haha. the last day of the visit, we rode bikes to this lake, tried to go bowling (it was closed :<) and hit a few stores. 4th of july this year was great because i got to spend it with really good friends, but the fireworks were disappointing because you could only see them being shot off, but you couldn't see them exploding becaues of this huge cloud :< bummer. it's okay, the vibe was still there. and a few kids on our beach were shooting off some of their own. after the fireworks we came home for about 3 hours then left for the airport at 2 in the morning :/ said goobye to gretchen and june :<<< and came home. was just an unreal week. we did so much, totally want to do it again. 

the last few days have been eh. boring. compared to last week. but it's good to have some down time to just relax around the house i guess. i take pride in being lazy and sleeping a lot in the summer. tomorrow we're going up north for a family reunion. but it's not gonna be very close family, so i'm not too psyched. but it'll be good to see some people. then hmm....thursday i'm off to europe. wohooo. soo excited. so hopefully i'll have another update with tons of pictures after that one. i miss everybody a ton and hope everyone's enjoying their summers to the fullest. cya.


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[User Picture]From: azhaydenvocals
2005-07-09 01:33 pm (UTC)
Joe,
I'm glad you're having a good time back in Jersey.
Sounds like you guys had an amazing week.
I know what you mean when you say "it was like a movie"
Some experiences just seem larger than life. I love it.
You're going to have more of those in Europe, I'm sure.
Now I quote my fav. book.
"And in that moment, I swear we were infinite."
Take a lot of pictures from here on out.
Experience different cultures. Have fun.
And as always, take it easy.
-Tyler
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[User Picture]From: thebigpicture28
2005-07-13 07:19 pm (UTC)
i actually just bought 'the perks of being a wallflower' for the trip to europe to read. excited to get into it. thanks for the recommendation a while ago too :> i'll have plenty of pictures upon return :/ take care man.
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[User Picture]From: this_is_june
2005-07-11 02:31 pm (UTC)

"I didn't know we were going to drive this long!"

hey joe, I just wanted to thank you for such an amazing week. It seriously meant so much to me. I feel like I got on a whole new level with you, Gretch, and Pete. Europe is going to be amazing. The heat in Rome is going to be killer but don't let it stop you from experiencing everything. Bring back pictures and when i see you we can look at pictures together of my trip there and yours. Plus... you have to promise me to swim in one of the fountains. It's a must do thing. Anyway, have a great time and thank you for the great times.
<3
June
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[User Picture]From: thebigpicture28
2005-07-13 07:22 pm (UTC)

Re: "I didn't know we were going to drive this long!"

well i'd love to take credit for the week, but you guys made it happen. thanks for coming, we have to do it again. i totally feel the same way, i think the 4 of us got on a whole new level. i'm glad we got that chance to know each other in the way that you can only experience when spending long periods of time together. hah, but yeah it's totally different then seeing someone every day at school or whatever. i'm psyched for europe we leave tomorrow. i'll have lots of pictures. look forward to seeing ones from your adventure there too. i'll swim in a fountain for you. bye june!
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From: ilike_giraffes
2005-07-17 11:03 pm (UTC)
it sounds like you guys had tons of fun. oh man i really want to go back to jersey. i'd have to admit that i'm feeling pretty jealous! arizona temperature is crazy! the humidity point is way high... how's the weather there? have fun in europe!!! i'm sure it'll be amazing... luckyyy...
-taylor
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[User Picture]From: roman_spring
2005-08-24 04:06 pm (UTC)
i read this entry when ever im feelin down.
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