Me, reporting at the Great Falls Jazz Festival
Last night I had the honor and pleasure of reporting at the Great Falls Jazz Festival. My husband accompanied me, even though he was under the weather, which was so sweet.
I’ll upload the article when it runs later today.
It was so much fun. The music was great, the weather was perfect and we even saw little ground hogs around the falls area! My husband was talking to a couple from out of town and they thought the ground hogs were prairie dogs because ground hogs are bigger. But these were babies! That’s how small they were, there were at least four of them!
After interviewing several people, we decided to take a ride to one of the neighborhoods I grew up in. It was nice seeing my old house again.
The house I grew up in, on W. 34th Street, West Paterson, New Jersey.
Today West Paterson is known as “Woodland Park” but I still call it West Paterson.
I lived in that house from ages 5 to 9, then we moved to Cedar Grove.
Side view of house on West 34th Street
My grandparents owned this house. I lived here with my mom, dad, and sister on the main floor. The basement was furnished and that’s where Aunt Sophie lived.
Next door there was a small house (now demolished) that my grandparents also owned and they lived there, sometimes I’d live in that house too. I had toys in both places. And the smaller house is the one I sat on the porch and read comic books on summer nights, eating barbecue potato chips, while my Grandma and Aunt Sophie chatted.
After visiting the houses, Dennis and I went to Munchies in Little Falls (a taco joint that has been around since the 1970s, at least). I got a vegan bean burrito (no cheese).
It was a perfect night!
And it was a perfect day too! Since being back on Face Book, I reconnected with some old friends — including someone extra special, my good friend Amy.
Amy and I were journalists at Outlaw Biker, Skin Art and Tattoo Review magazines. During our time there I was 31 and Amy was 21. We were very close and did so many things together. Connections from that job, there were always parties and plenty of fun and mischief to get into — especially for two young, pretty girls. We even modeled together in a t-shirt ad!
When we reconnected on Face Book, it felt like we never skipped a beat. It was like, “How did we ever lose touch?!” We just always got along so good! Now almost 20 years later, we reconnected. We lived less than 10 minutes away from each other. We’re both happily married, major cat lovers, and now approaching milestone birthdays as I’ll be 50 in a few weeks and Amy will be 40 on Christmas Eve (and we’re both still cute!)
We ended up spending two hours at an Indian restaurant for lunch in my town, catching up and reminiscing about all the fun we had back in the day. After lunch we briefly stopped at the health food store, then went back to my house and spent another two hours together! Just like old times!
I am ecstatic that Amy is back in my life, and living so close. And she said, “We definitely should get together every other week or so.” I agree.
Life is awesome!