ziik the senile old man12/5/2017 11:01:10 AM
I started to write this up, but lost my post. No matter.
Yesterday, I went to beautiful Front Royal, Virginia. If you've missed it, somehow, just imagine the worst of New Jersey's slums, but with no semblance of urban planning, no concept of zoning.
It's hard to believe, but Front Royal is home to many wonders, including one of my many medical professionals.
Also: a neon orange monstrosity, no doubt fluorescent at night, called: MOJO's SHAKE & SHRIMP SHACK.
I chuckled (I hate chuckling), and pointed it out to ziik, jr. "Isn't that the name of the GW coach?"
(That is the extent of junior's knowledge of the game. He enjoyed seeing Calipari go nuts in our 1 win season, but, he lost interest after the Jarvis years.)
I was thinking, though, that this team needs a theme, a motto for Mojo, so to speak.
And, MOJO's SHAKE & SHRIMP SHACK SHAKERS is as good as any. Because Mojo (a bit like his second tutor, ML), has taken a team of disparate talents, and cooked up a menu for some sort of success.
It does not click every night of the week. Heck, milkshakes and shrimp? Not a combo I could take. But, throw in chili, burgers, pizza, and chicken and spinach parmesan, and kung pau pork (all on Mojo's of Front Royal's menu) and you're cooking up something.
Mojo has to cobble together two guys to man the point, a cripple and a foreigner (Puerto Rico is part of the USA? who knew? Not Homeland Security or the Weather Bureau) to rebound, a Japanese stud to play D, an end-of-the-bench-guy (Juice), to play the bench, and a pogo stick (Bo Z) to get a couple baskets a game.
It's no wonder GW is a .500 team.
But, it could be worse
We all could be stuck in Front Royal, Virginia. Rooting for Christendom College.
My guess, they are The Crusaders.
tennessee colonial12/5/2017 11:16:17 AM
Front Royal. First time I saw the place was on a geology class trip to the caverns (Luray?) in the fall of 1968. It was real beautiful then. Had a real good prof at Union College (NJ) who taught Geology and Astronomy. He had degrees from Harvard and MIT. He was, in the true sense, a TEACHER. He was tough but he really cared for his students. He introduced his students to the beautiful areas of the NE to many people who never saw the countryside. He had a place in the MTS. of Maine that all were invited to. He showed us the Maine coastline, the caverns of Northern Virginia, the fossil beds in New Egypt (NJ), Cape May, museums in NYC. It was sad that, prior to his death, his mind was slipping away. Forrest P. Dexter, Jr. May he RIP. His students will never forget him.
ziik the senile old man12/5/2017 11:29:19 AM
It must be nice to remember things.
Oh, I meant to be remembered.
Seriously, nice note, TC, for a good guy, I am certain.
I am pretty certain Shenandoah Caverns is the one right outside of Frount Royal, Luray, the big one, is South, in Luray. Junior used to be fascinated by them, so we toured a bunch, from Crystal Grottoes, to the North ( a small formation, East of Shepardstown, WVa.), down to Luray. Luray is world famous, heavily marketed. I almost lost junior's pal Teddy down in Luray. He was 8, and a hellion.
The limestone formations of Virginia form karst, and, enlarged, form caverns. The water from the deep wells is rich in limestone, and is used by the horse breeders. They claim it makes the legs of Virginia race horses stronger. Of course, that limestone runs down to Kentucky, too. (Got to watch out though. Some formations seem to have radon.)
It's hard to believe Front Royal was beautiful. My wife's boss owned a shopping center there. He never added ' nice ' stores to it, said he tried that a couple of times, but the market was not there.
There is a huge Smithsonian Institution for breeding endangered animals (Eastern buffalo, cheetahs. rhinos, the exotic and wild qumquat). There also is a rumored CIA facility, the entry to the National Park, and maybe 37 motels.
ziik the senile old man12/5/2017 12:57:11 PM
Mojo's did not serve a mocha shake. No curley fries, either.
If fact, the toothless gent at the door sneered at me when I asked.
"Only straight, fries, here, buddy. Deep fried, from 50 pound bags of frozen fries."
I made the mistake of asking him if he knew that fries originally were made out of potatoes. That set him back, too.
"Listen. You lugs want anything curley, go down the street to Adolph's. He serves your kind."
Nice gent. Adolph was too. But, another crazy menu at that joint.
I am counting on our Mojo to master the resipe for success. Maybe a little Adobe salt will help.
ziik the tentmaker12/5/2017 3:42:18 PM
ziik the senile old man12/6/2017 7:30:44 AM
(The place did have Spam & Peter Pan peanut butter on a bagel. A special.)
nj colonial12/6/2017 11:09:59 AM
Ziik: there are no slums in the Garden State. We do have areas in need of rehabiliation and redevelopment. Or, in the case case of Atlantic City, Trump-Recovery Zones.
ziik the senile old man12/6/2017 12:53:23 PM
I have been to A.C. twice, maybe 30 years back, for business.
I recall walking down a street, looking for a certain seafood restaurant, stopping a guy to ask directions, and being offered a blowjob, for, I think $15.00. I explained, I really was looking for the restaurant I had mentioned.
He told me I was on the wrong side of the street. " This side is for gay sex. You want a woman for a BJ, it's across the street. Same price, I think."
I looked over there, and thankfully saw my reastaurant down the block a ways.
A.C., New Jersey. You could get everything. Except a decent seafood dinner.
I hope things have changed.
nj colonial12/6/2017 1:21:19 PM
Ha, made me think of the current official ad campaign for Atlantic City - "Do AC!"
tennessee colonial12/6/2017 1:45:53 PM
Was in AC latter part of summer. Visiting uncle and taking my parents to the casinos. Saw a seagull murder a small crab on the boardwalk. Crab gave a good fight though. Sad that All that $ never made a difference for the whole city. Remember when my HS team played Atlantic City HS in 1966 down there. I think that Neptune was the shore power at the time. Glad we got Sonni Holland from Neptune later on. Great GW player who really took it to the Fab 5.
elj12/6/2017 4:48:03 PM
Ah, Sonni Holland; great memories.
And the northern entrance ziik obliquely mentioned just outside Front Royal is actually the northern terminus of the beautiful Skyline Drive.
Two of our grandkids are in high school and middle school in Front Royal, and doing really well academically, athletically and musically. We're blessed.
ziik the senile old man12/6/2017 5:03:46 PM
mrs. ziik admired the foresight of that school system, elj. Unlike Clarke County, VA, those guys in Warren County spend money on their schools.
Clarke spends its money on horses.
ziik the scrivener12/6/2017 5:17:59 PM
I had forgot Front Royal is in beautiful Warren County, because FR is such a dump. But, I had a friend from GW who moved there in 1972, saying it was God's country. Well, that covers a lot.