Starting off my July 4 weekend with a parking ticket wasn’t fun, but the story behind it made me think about how the premise relates to many of us when it comes to life’s issues.
Picture this: My husband and I are in separate cars; he is with a friend and I am meeting them at a rabbi’s house to pick up something.
I proceed to park in the driveway, but I see our friend park on the street, so I figure I’ll follow suit. It was after 9pm and the rabbi had a baby sleeping, so I figured parking in the driveway may make some unnecessary noise and the street was wide open, so I quickly turned away from the driveway and parked behind my friend, oblivious to any signage on the street.
We go in to chat with the rabbi for a few minutes only to come out to an officer giving us tickets for parking under a sign that clearly says “No Parking Anytime.”
My husband then says to our friend: “I told you not to park there, we should’ve parked in the driveway.” I then blurt out, “If you knew the sign said ‘no parking’ why wouldn’t you tell me when you saw me turn away from the driveway and park behind you?”
The answer from both was that they thought we would be in and out and it wouldn’t matter. Plus they thought I saw the sign as well.
The point is, in life we can’t aimlessly follow the actions of others, even if we trust them and know that they aren’t purposely trying to steer us in the wrong direction.
We need to be aware of our surroundings and make conscious decisions based on what we know. When you cut corners and become rebellious with rules and laws, the consequences are not fun. This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t take chances and live on the edge occasionally, but be conscious of your decisions. Communication is crucial to effective decision-making and most importantly, being independent and doing what you feel is the right thing, and not following someone else’s actions, is key to following life’s path in the right direction.
Always stay true to yourself — and hopefully that will keep you out of trouble!
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I have to say that the July 4 parade in Historic Smithville — which, may I add, is the largest parade for America’s birthday in all of New Jersey — was absolutely amazing. I had the honor of judging it alongside NBC-40’s Michelle Dawn Mooney and Dan Skeldon. We had the tough job of scoring the various floats, and let me tell you it was hard. The effort, creativity and originality that the participating organizations put into their floats was outstanding. The pride that these people showed was obvious, and to know that so many people not only participate but also attend is truly refreshing. It’s times like these when communities come together and I am so happy to be a part of it.
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It was certainly an eventful weekend, and I must point out that a few friends and I checked out a new nightclub in Atlantic City off the Boardwalk, called ARZU — “where the night comes to life” (formerly Deja Vu). The drinks were priced right with coupons for 50-cent shots, the music was current and the ambiance was intriguing. The artwork alone was surreal — a little edgy and funky, and certainly different and captivating. Everyone had a blast, and I am certain this will make the list as one of the top nightclubs in the area.
The night didn’t end there, however. We walked to the Casbah, stopping for Boardwalk food and go-cart racing on the way. There is so much to do in Atlantic City at all hours of the night, so make sure to take advantage of it this summer!
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On Tuesday, July 12, Scales Grill and Deck Bar at Gardner’s Basin hosts the monthly Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce after-hours mixer from 5-7pm. See acchamber.com.
And on Friday, July 15, the Absecon Lighthouse will open for nighttime climbs, with the last climb starting at 9pm. A $10 per-person fee includes snacks and beverages. They call these nights “The Light of The Moon.” See abseconlighthouse.org.
On Friday, July 8, Historic Smithville has its annual Car Cruise. You’ll see spectacular vehicles from days gone by or show off your own car. See smithvillenj.com.
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